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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Occidental Middle East stake sale hits dead end -Bloomberg, (NYSE: OXY)

Occidental Petroleum Corp has failed to sell a stake in its Middle East business and now plans to sell some assets piece by piece, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The oil and gas producer had said in October last year that it planned to sell a minority stake in its Middle East and North African operations as part of a restructuring program to lift its valuation.However, Bloomberg reported in March that there were delays in the process due to regional disputes over the Muslim Brotherhood.Reuters in early December reported that three state-owned Gulf firms, including Abu Dhabi's Mubadala Development Co , Qatar Petroleum and Oman Oil Co, were considering a joint bid for the unit, in a deal that could be worth between $8 billion and $10 billion.Occidental may get as much as $1 billion for smaller, partial sales, one of the people told Bloomberg. (

Occidental Petroleum Corporation (Occidental) conducts its operations through various subsidiaries and affiliates. Shares of OXY fell by 0.54% or $-0.56/share to $102.24. In the past year, the shares have traded as low as $84.91 and as high as $105.64. On average, 3799760 shares of OXY exchange hands on a given day and today's volume is recorded at 5346490.