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Nearly $8 billion deal to create second largest U.S. utility company

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The combined business will include 11 regulated electric and natural gas distribution companies, serving approximately 9 million customers.
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Calpine to acquire Champion Energy for $240 million

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Calpine, one of the nation’s top power generators, will acquire Houston-based Champion and its 180 employees, all of whom will make the switch. Champion has 2.5 million residential customers, many in Texas, and 18,000 commercial and industrial customers.
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MPLX to buy MarkWest Energy Partners for about $15.8 billion

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The proposed deal combines the largest processor of gas in the Marcellus and Utica shale regions of Pennsylvania and Ohio with a growing oil and refined products partnership, according to the statement.
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Shell’s $70 billion BG purchase approved by Brazil regulator

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Brazil follows the U.S. in approving the industry’s biggest deal in at least a decade. Shell’s purchase at a 50 percent premium, announced in April, gives the Anglo-Dutch company liquefied natural gas assets in Australia and oil and gas fields in Kazakhstan and Brazil.
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Energy Transfer continues public push to buy rival Williams

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Pipeline giant Energy Transfer resumed its public push for a buyout of targeted rival the Williams Cos. late Tuesday, as the Energy Transfer announced it was willing to hand over confidential data to its rival.
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Eurasia Drilling slumps as Russia fails to rule on Schlumberger deal

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Russia’s foreign-investment commission met Thursday yet didn’t make a decision on Schlumberger’s bid, Natural Resources Minister Sergei Donskoi said by phone, without giving a reason.
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Vanguard Natural Resources scoops up smaller Houston rival for $474 million

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The most recent deal comes on the heels of Vanguard’s announcement in April that it will acquire LRR Energy LP for more than $250 million.
Oil wells in the Franja del Orinoco region of Venezuela (Houston Chronicle)

Harvest Natural Resources stock spike could signal interest from a buyer

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Harvest CEO James Edmiston said a sharp increase in the price of its battered shares could indicate a buyer is looming, but said the company has received no offers.
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Noble Energy to buy Rosetta Resources for $2.1 billion

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Noble Energy will buy Rosetta Resources in a $2.1 billion deal that gives Noble a footprint in the Eagle Ford and Permian Basin, two of the largest shale plays in the United States.
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Shell deal brings relief to Dutch companies used to being prey

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Ten benchmark Dutch stocks, or just under half the 25 spots that make up the Amsterdam Exchanges Index, have been acquired since 2007, when ABN Amro Holding NV was snapped up for $100 billion by a consortium led by Royal Bank of Scotland Plc.