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How Icahn plays the energy game

While the faint of heart flee the sector, the renowned investor places big bets with a lot of hedging. Continue reading

Icahn takes cautious 8.5% stake in beleaguered Freeport-McMoRan

Activist hedges his bet on mining/energy company that one industry observer says continues to "piss money away." Continue reading

Stock market volatility creates opportunities for merger arbs

Widening spreads offer bigger returns on slam-dunk deals and make risky transactions more attractive. The only worry is that financing might dry up. Continue reading

Schlumberger picks up Cameron for $14.8B

Schlumberger is making a strategic bet and continuing the consolidation of the oil and gas services industry at a difficult time in the sector. Continue reading

Oil and gas companies brace for borrowing cuts

Swift Energy, Goodrich Petroleum, Magnum Hunter and others are at risk in next fall's bank redetermination season. Continue reading

FTC Commissioner Wright steps down

Surprise resignation leaves the agency leaning more Democratic. Continue reading

Pushed to expand, Pentair strikes $1.8 billion deal for Erico

This is the company's first major move since activist Trian announced a stake and urged Pentair to seek out acquisition opportunities. Continue reading

PE-backed oil and gas companies gear up for return of IPO market

Many new issues were canceled when oil prices fell, but a slight recovery in them has financial sponsors readying again for an exit window that now includes other options. Continue reading

Activist-pressured Penn Virginia hires Jefferies for financial advice

The company said the investment bank would help it with asset-level financing transactions and strategic alternatives for its Eagle Ford properties. Continue reading

Emissions rules could push more coal producers over Ch. 11's edge

The nation's largest producer filed for bankruptcy the day the final version of the Clean Power Plan was unveiled, and there's fear Arch Coal and Peabody Energy will be next. Continue reading

10 oil and gas companies at risk of cutting their dividends

Oil companies are funding their payouts through debt or asset sales, but if low oil prices persist, even the majors could be forced to rethink their dividends. Continue reading

Clinton attacks activist funds with an eye on corporate donors, Iowa diners

Hiking taxes on shorter investor holding periods and having activists disclose their stakes earlier comes right out of the Marty Lipton playbook and would be a boon to corporations Continue reading

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Claire Poole

Senior Writer: Energy

Private equity firms face difficulty in energy investing due to declining commodity prices, fierce competition

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