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Gulf Spill: Winning & Losing The Blame Game

It appears some of the energy companies called to Capital Hill may actually benefit from being grilled by lawmakers.

After listening intently to the two days of testimony, FBR analyst Robert MacKenzie reversed an April 30th downgrade and returned Halliburton to an ‘Outperform’ rating.

Despite the finger pointing among Transocean , BP , Cameron International and Halliburton (the 4 companies called to Washington), MacKenzie thinks Halliburton probably doesn’t deserve much if any of the blame.



As senators grilled top executives, some reasons for the disaster become clearer, McKenzie tells Fast Money that absent a court ruling that finds the services providers to have been negligent - an difficult standard to prove – it’s the owner of the well that will likely have to pay for clean up and associated damages.

And on the other side of the spectrum it appears BP is emerging as the big loser. BP has accepted responsibility for the clean-up which has already cost them $450 million.

What's the trade?

I can’t help but wonder if BP has another leg down, says Guy Adami.

I agree with Guy, says Gary Kaminksy. I’m concerned about whether BP may have to cut their dividends.

On the upside, blow-out preventer makers will probably benefit most, adds MacKenzie. New regulations will likely require much greater preventative measures.


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