Despite the optimism over BP's (NYSE:BP) success with the Macondo well, amid the company's stock trading, share prices continues to fall. There was a rebound of BP's stock prices at the end of July into August, but investors are now cashing in their profits.
In the last 12 trading days, the company has taken a nose dive of 18.4 percent. Yesterday the shares declined $1.20 or 3.3 percent to $34.92. During the same time frame, the Amex Oil & Gas Index slid 8.7 percent, that of which BP is a component. While BP led the oil stock drop yesterday, other companies including Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Anadarko, and Conoco Philips all lost over a percent.
There is still much uncertainty with BP, and analysts are saying they are very concerned over what will come next for the company. If Federal Investigators decide the company was negligent, the company's expenses could see a considerable jump. BP has already paid out over $6 billion.
It would also bump up the Federal fine from $4.9 billion to $17.6 billion. As well as let the company's partners, Anadarko and Mitsui off the hook from their 25 percent and 10 percent stakes in the well.
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