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Report: BP Plc (ADR) (BP) Considering Exiting Canadian Oil Sands Projects

BP Plc (NYSE:BP) is up 0.20% or $0.10 to $34.24 on April 20, amid news that the oil giant is considering the sale of three oil sands projects in Canada, Reuters reported, citing people familiar with the matter. BP currently owns 50% of each of Pike and Sunrise, and is a majority owner of Terre de Grace — the three assets in the spotlight of the rumor. While BP Plc (NYSE:BP) had reportedly discussed the sale with advisers, no decision has been made according to the anonymous sources. BP may deploy the capital raised in the sale to invest into more attractive regions such as the Permian Basin in the United States.

The news follows another Reuters report of the same situation, only with Chevron Corp. (NYSE:CVX) in the spotlight, highlighting the sentiment of oil companies over low crude prices and the high-capital requirement to get a project off the ground in the oil sands in Canada.

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What Does The Smart Money Sentiment Say?

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The Bottom Line

BP Plc (NYSE:BP) is mildly up on the charts following a Reuters report that the oil giant is considering the sale of three of its oil sands projects in Canada. For further reading, here are 8 countries that produce the most crude oil in the world.

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