BHP stock falls after confirming talks to sell oil business

Shares of BHP Group Ltd. took a 3.1% hit in morning trading Monday, after the Australia-based mining giant said it has initiated a review of its petroleum business, which could include a sale. The company confirmed, in "response to press speculation," that was in talks to sell the business to Woodside Petroleum Ltd. , followed by a distribution of Woodside shares to BHP shareholders. Woodside's U.S.-listed shares sank 5.2% in Monday morning trading. "While discussions between the parties are currently progressing, no agreement has been reached on any such transaction," BHP said in a statement. "A further announcement will be made as and when appropriate." BHP's stock has gained 15.4% year to date, while the S&P 500 has advanced 18.4%. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

BHP stock falls after confirming talks to sell oil business
Shares of BHP Group Ltd. took a 3.1% hit in morning trading Monday, after the Australia-based mining giant said it has initiated a review of its petroleum business, which could include a sale. The company confirmed, in "response to press speculation," that was in talks to sell the business to Woodside Petroleum Ltd. , followed by a distribution of Woodside shares to BHP shareholders. Woodside's U.S.-listed shares sank 5.2% in Monday morning trading. "While discussions between the parties are currently progressing, no agreement has been reached on any such transaction," BHP said in a statement. "A further announcement will be made as and when appropriate." BHP's stock has gained 15.4% year to date, while the S&P 500 has advanced 18.4%. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.