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Is Transocean Connected to the Petrobras Corporate Scam?

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Transocean Ltd.RIG slipped nearly 5% on NYSE following the news that the offshore drilling giant is linked to the Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. or PetrobrasPBR corporate corruption scandal.

It is now common knowledge that Petrobras was caught red handed in a multibillion-dollar money laundering scam last year. But news has recently surfaced that Transocean was also linked.

Eduardo Costa Vaz Musa, the former executive of the Brazilian state-run energy player, stated in a plea bargain testimony that he got a payment from Transocean after the drilling player won a contract from Petrobras. Musa was assisting prosecutors in Curitiba when he made this statement.

It was in 2007 that Musa was offered bribe to let Transocean operate 10,000 drilling rigs of Petrobras. The ex-Petrobras executive started getting payments in 2012, when Transocean secured the Petrobras contract.

However, in a statement to Bloomberg, Transocean commented that it has always been strongly committed to comply with the utmost standard of corporate ethics.

Switzerland-based Transocean is the world's largest offshore drilling contractor and leading provider of drilling management services. As of Mar 18, 2015, the company owned, or had partial ownership interests in, and operated 68 mobile offshore drilling rigs. Its drilling fleet consists of 43 high-specification deepwater floaters, 15 mid-water floaters, and 10 high specification jackups.

Petrobras is the largest integrated energy firm in Brazil and one of the largest in Latin America. The company's activities include exploration, exploitation and production of oil from reservoir wells, shale and other rocks, as well as refining, processing, trading and transportation of oil and oil products, natural gas and other fluid hydrocarbons, in addition to other energy-related activities.

Currently, Transocean holds a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) while Petrobras carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Some better-ranked players in the energy sector are Tesoro Corporation TSO and Halcón Resources Corporation HK . Both these stocks sport a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).

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