Investors want BG deal to trigger change at Shell

April 9, 2015 3:43 PM

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Investors want BG deal to trigger change at Shell

But the 50 percent premium that Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) agreed to pay this week in a stock and cash deal to acquire smaller rival BG (BG.L) says a lot about Shell's expectations for a swift recovery in oil prices.

The beauty of the deal and the upside, though, won't be in the bold bet turning good, say investors and analysts as they urge Shell to use the deal as a opportunity to review its portfolio and geography.

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