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A Closer Look at the Proposed GE-Baker Hughes Merger

Posted on · Never mind Halliburton, Baker Hughes now is merging with General Electric’s oil and gas division. Loren Steffy joins us to discuss how this merger might be different from the one that didn’t happen. He reminds us who made out well and who didn’t in the previous failed merger, and he helps us to understand why […]

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Lessons from the Failed Halliburton-Baker Hughes Merger

Posted on · As we learned last week (May 2, 2016), Halliburton and Baker Hughes — two of the world’s biggest oilfield services companies — called off their proposed merger, worth around $28 billion. To learn more about why the deal fell through — and about the impact on Houston — is Loren Steffy, managing director for 30 Point […]

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Why the Halliburton/Baker Hughes Merger Failed: Tuesday’s show (May 10, 2016)

Posted on · Last week (May 2, 2016), Halliburton and Baker Hughes — two of the world’s biggest oilfield services companies, headquartered in Houston — called off an estimated $28 billion merger. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss why the deal ultimately fell through — and what the impact may be on Houston. We welcome your questions […]

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Halliburton-Baker Hughes Merger, and Equal Pay for Women’s Soccer: The Good The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all. This week, we discuss the U.S. […]

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The State of Houston Transportation: Friday’s Show (April 8, 2016)

Posted on · Today, we continue our 2nd annual “State of Houston” series – exploring the state of Greater Houston’s economy, transportation, health, education, environment, politics and culture. On this edition of Houston Matters, we delve into what is a sort of pastime for Houstonians: complaining about our traffic and the conditions of our roads. We explore the state of transportation […]

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Justice Department Sues Halliburton To Stop Acquisition Of Baker Hughes

Posted on · Amid news that the U.S. Justice Department is suing to block the proposed merger of Halliburton and Baker-Hughes, we revisit our conversation from just last month about the possibility this deal could be squelched. Just a couple months ago, during one of our internal weekly pitch meetings to discuss future Houston Matters topics, one of […]

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The State of Houston’s Economy: Thursday’s Show (April 7, 2016)

Posted on · On this edition of Houston Matters, we launch our 2nd annual “State of Houston” series – exploring the state of Greater Houston’s economy, transportation, health, education, environment, politics and culture. We begin today with a look at what’s happening economically. We welcome your questions and comments for Patrick Jankowski, the Greater Houston Partnership’s Senior Vice President […]

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Whatever Happened to the Halliburton-Baker Hughes Merger?

Posted on · Remember how in November 2014, Halliburton and Baker Hughes announced they were merging? The nation’s second and third largest oilfield service companies coming together to the tune of $34.6 billion. Then…nothing. The merger hasn’t happened yet. In the more than 14 months since, crude oil prices have dropped lower than nearly anyone imagined. Both corporations […]

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Halliburton and Baker Hughes: Thursday’s Show (February 4, 2015)

Posted on · Remember how in November 2014, Halliburton and Baker Hughes announced they were merging? The nation’s second and third largest oilfield service companies coming together to the tune of $34.6 billion. Then…nothing. The merger hasn’t happened yet. In the more than 14 months since, crude oil prices have dropped lower than nearly anyone imagined. Both corporations […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Campus Carry, Halliburton Layoffs, and Saving Butterflies: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From the legislature taking up another measure that would allow licensed, concealed firearms on Texas college campuses, to 5,000-6,000 layoffs at Halliburton; and from re-imagining Houston’s bus routes to saving the endangered monarch butterfly by planting more milkweed: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s news. Our panel of non-experts is comprised this […]