Sector Update: Energy Down, Australia Resource Tax Seen Making Peabody Think Twice

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Dow Jones U.S. Oil & Gas Index: 492.24 Monday regular session close

NYMEX Benchmark Crude: -0.75 (-0.94%) to 79.37

Top Energy Stocks

XOM: -1.49%

CVX: -1.09%

SLB: -1.32%

OXY: +0.62%

COP: -1.18%

Energy issues are falling pre-market Tuesday, as oil prices fall on worries that the $1 trillion European bailout package will not be enough to stabilize the euro zone. That in turn has put a damper on hopes for a steady global economic recovery. Speculation is growing that Peabody Energy ( BTU ) will not complete its bid for Australia's Macarthur Coal ( MCC ) as the Australian government mulls the possibility of imposing a 40% resources profit tax from 2012. Executives from BP ( BP ) as well as Transocean ( RIG ) and Halliburton ( HAL ) will be testifying before Congress about the offshore rig explosion April 20 that has led to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster.

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This article appears in: Investing Commodities
Referenced Stocks: BP , BTU , HAL , MCC , RIG


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