Cnooc (CEO +0.5%) raises its production outside China to one-third from one-sixth, as its...

|By:, SA News Editor

Cnooc (CEO +0.5%) raises its production outside China to one-third from one-sixth, as its takeover of Nexen (NXY +14.4%) brings assets from the North Sea, Gulf of Mexico and Nigeria. CEO and Sinopec (SNP) may be encouraged to pursue ambitious deals elsewhere, with Talisman, Tullow and BG Group among possible targets. But considering Exxon Mobil's (XOM) lost luster, bigger may not mean better.