Friday, October 29, 2010

Halliburton’s (NYSE:HAL) Shares Hammered After BP (NYSE:BP) Cement Report

There is no way to get around the potentially devastating report from the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, where Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) had the conclusion drawn that the cement they recommended using was unstable.

An independent investigation from Chevron (NYSE:CVX) performed on behalf of the commission reached the same conclusion, as well as did an internal investigation from BP.

Credit-default swaps almost immediately rose in price for Halliburton right after the news, and their stock got hammered, and will continue to be under pressure because of the unknown liabilities associated with the findings.

Whatever it is, in the short term Halliburton is in trouble, and that isn't going to change anytime soon.

The share price of Halliburton plunged to $31.68 at close, losing $2.74, or 7.96 percent, and continued to drop after hours.

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