BP stock rallies on sales talk

By Hibah Yousuf, staff reporter


NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- BP's stock continued to run higher Monday, rising more than 6% in early trading, after reports that the company or some of its assets may be sold off.

In addition, the company indicated it is getting closer to containing the Gulf of Mexico spill.

In early Monday U.S. trading, BP shares rose $2.30, or 6.8%, to $36.35.

Multiple published reports suggested that ExxonMobil (XOM, Fortune 500) and another American oil giant, most likely Chevron (CVX, Fortune 500), have requested the U.S. government's clearance to make a bid for BP worth about $150 billion.

Spokesmen from both Exxon Mobil and Chevron said the companies don't comment on what they called rumors and speculation.

Shares of the U.S.-based oil companies edged slightly higher.

It was also reported that BP (BP) is looking to sell its stake in the United States' largest oil field, the Prudhoe Bay project in Alaska, to boost its clean up fund for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The reports said BP is in talks with Houston-based oil and gas company Apache Corp. (APA, Fortune 500), and the sale would raise about $10 billion.

In response, Apache spokesman Bill Mintz said "We don't comment on speculation."

Shares of Apache fell 2.8%.

After hitting a 14-year intraday low of $26.75 on June 28, BP's stock has surged more than 27%. But shares are still down 42.8% since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded April 20.

The British oil company has already suspended its dividend and said it will set aside $20 billion in an escrow account for spill-related costs.

Meanwhile, BP said Monday it has already spent $3.5 billion in containment, relief well drilling, grants, claims and federal costs for the spill.

The company is also making progress with the newest capping system, said BP exploration and production chief operating officer Doug Suttles during a technical briefing Monday.

He said the company has successfully installed the transition spool, which will allow BP to attach a containment cap later Monday.

Once the cap is in place, Suttles said BP will monitor the pressure and test the integrity of the containment well for at least 48 hours.  To top of page

Frontline troops push for solar energy
The U.S. Marines are testing renewable energy technologies like solar to reduce costs and casualties associated with fossil fuels. Play
25 Best Places to find rich singles
Looking for Mr. or Ms. Moneybags? Hunt down the perfect mate in these wealthy cities, which are brimming with unattached professionals. More
Fun festivals: Twins to mustard to pirates!
You'll see double in Twinsburg, Ohio, and Ketchup lovers should beware in Middleton, WI. Here's some of the best and strangest town festivals. Play
Index Last Change % Change
Dow 17,122.01 15.31 0.09%
Nasdaq 4,569.62 -1.02 -0.02%
S&P 500 2,000.12 0.10 0.00%
Treasuries 2.36 -0.03 -1.25%
Data as of 7:38am ET
Company Price Change % Change
Bank of America Corp... 16.20 -0.13 -0.80%
Apple Inc 102.13 1.24 1.23%
Facebook Inc 74.63 -1.33 -1.75%
Yahoo! Inc 38.18 0.39 1.03%
Pfizer Inc 29.49 0.28 0.96%
Data as of Aug 27

Sections

Former Fed chief Ben Bernanke believes the 2008 financial crisis was the worst in global history, topping even the Great Depression. More

Snapchat has gotten a $20 million funding round from Kleiner Perkins, valuing the company at $10 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal. More

Utah State professor Michael Glauser cycled 4,000 miles this summer, visiting 100 entrepreneurs across the country. Here's a snapshot of how they grew their businesses. More

Five CNNMoney readers share stories about saving that you can learn from: What they would do differently if they had another chance. More

Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.