Repsol agreed to pay $8 per share for Calgary-based Talisman, a 60% premium to the average stock price during the past month, Talisman said. The Madrid-based company would also assume $4.7 billion in debt.
The rally occurred despite the continued plunge in oil prices. WTI Crude fell 4.1% to $53.60 a barrel on Tuesday, the lowest price in five-and-a-half years, according to USA Today.
More than 9.5 million shares changed hands, compared to the daily average volume of 4,651,630.
Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates PENN WEST PETROLEUM LTD as a "sell" with a ratings score of D. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate PENN WEST PETROLEUM LTD (PWE) a SELL. This is driven by some concerns, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself."