The largest independent producer of oil and gas had been signalling plans to spend an average of $16 billion per year, but earlier this year, the company whittled its 2015 capital expenditure budget by $2 billion to $11.5 billion.
The energy sector’s high-yield bonds – so-called “junk bonds” considered at risk of default – have climbed to $247 billion in the last two months, the largest share of any industry with 17.5 percent of high-yield bond market.
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