Potential-Takeover-Talks Rumors Boost Valeant Pharma (VRX); Total (TOT), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) (RDS.B), Schlumberger (SLB) Battle for Iran Oil and Gas Fields

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Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE:VRX) shares surged 2.61% (or +0.37) to $14.52 on the last trading session of 2016, following a report from Spanish news website InterEconomia.com indicating that Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. (OTCMKTS:TKPYY) has secured the necessary financing – approx. $13 billion – from HSBC and Deutsche Bank to resume takeover talks with the Canadian company.

According to its latest guidance, Valeant expects to deliver full-year 2016 revenue in the range of $9.55 billion to $9.65 billion, and adjusted earnings per share of between $5.30 and $5.50 for the period.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, which develops, manufactures, and markets pharmaceuticals, OTC products, and medical devices worldwide, has 341.19M shares outstanding, market capitalization (intraday) of $5.05B and VRX stock 52-week range is from $13.00 to $105.93 per share

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The National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) has published a list of 29 international companies qualified to bid for upstream oil and gas projects in Iran.

The list includes several multinational energy firms, like Total SA (NYSE:TOT), Royal Dutch Shell plc (NYSE:RDS.A) (NYSE:RDS.B) and Schlumberger Ltd. (NYSE:SLB).

The Middle East country believes the new, less restrictive “Iran Petroleum Contract” model, will attract foreign investors and increase oil and gas production – after years of sanctions.

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