NEW YORK (
) -- Shares of
were rising almost 5% in London on a report that
Royal Dutch Shell
was interested in a takeover of the British oil company.
said Shell considered making a bid for BP after BP shares were battered during the Gulf of Mexico oil crisis.
Shell still remains interested in a merger, the
BP shares rose 4.9% to 4.88 pence in London.
Shell couldn't immediately be reached by phone for comment, the
reports. BP spokesman Mark Salt declined to comment for the
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