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Fitch Solutions: Anadarko's CDS Tighten to Seven-Year Low on Takeover Talk

June 26, 2014

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Takeover speculation has helped credit default swap (CDS) spreads on Anadarko Petroleum Corporation tighten to levels not seen since 2007, according to the latest CDS case study from Fitch Solutions.

Five-year CDS on Anadarko Petroleum Corporation have tightened 29% over the past month and are 64% tighter since the start of this year. Anadarko's CDS liquidity has increased over the past three trading days, with contracts now trading in the 14th regional percentile.

'Improved market sentiment for Anadarko of late is likely attributable to speculation that the company may be taken over by ExxonMobil,' said Director Diana Allmendinger. 'Also contributing to Anadarko's spread tightening earlier this year was a litigation settlement that had been hanging over the company for a long time.'

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