Shotgun Wedding: Halliburton Forces Baker Hughes to Sell

shotgun weddingThat was fast. Last week MDN told you the scuttlebutt that the second largest oilfield services company in the U.S., Halliburton, was “in talks” to buy the third largest oilfield services company in the U.S., Baker Hughes (see Big News: Halliburton in Talks to Buy Baker Hughes). The “talks” advanced quickly. Yesterday the two companies announced they will tie the knot in something of a shotgun wedding (which we explain below). Halliburton is paying a dowry of $34.6 BILLION in stock and cash to buy out Baker Hughes, lock, stock and barrel…

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