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Oil-and-gas giant Chevron Corp. said Friday that it has agreed to acquire the big independent player Anadarko Petroleum Corp. in a $33 billion cash and stock deal.

Why it matters: Chevron, the second-largest U.S.-based multinational oil company, said the move would bolster its position in key domestic fields — notably the surging Permian Basin region of Texas and New Mexico, which produces over 4 million barrels of oil per day.

What they're saying: "The combination of Anadarko’s premier, high-quality assets with our advantaged portfolio strengthens our leading position in the Permian, builds on our deepwater Gulf of Mexico capabilities and will grow our LNG business," Chevron CEO Mike Wirth said in a statement.

Quick take: The deal underscores how oil majors are aggressively expanding their operations in the onshore shale business, especially in the Permian.

  • "The combination of the two companies will create a 75-mile-wide corridor across the most attractive acreage in the Delaware basin," the announcement says, referring to a portion of the Permian that's confusingly named after another state.
  • However, the deal is not solely about bolstering U.S. assets. "Chevron will gain another world-class resource base in Mozambique to support growing LNG demand," the announcement notes.

By the numbers: The total value of the deal, including Chevron's assumption of Anadarko's debt, is $50 billion.

What's next: The transaction will be 75% stock and 25% cash with an overall value of $65 per share, the companies said. Both companies' boards of have signed off on the deal, and they expect it to close during the second half of the year.

  • The transaction must still be approved by Anadarko shareholders and regulators, the joint announcement notes.

Go deeper: Permian drillers' $100 million pledge for the region

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Pennsylvania's Supreme Court ordered state officials last week to throw out mail-in ballots submitted without a required inner "secrecy" envelope in November's election, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The state of play: The decision went under the radar alongside the simultaneous decision to extend the time that mail-in ballots could be counted, but Philadelphia's top elections official warned state legislators this week that throwing out so-called "naked ballots" could bring "electoral chaos" to the state and cause "tens of thousands of votes" to be thrown out — potentially tipping the presidential election.

Commission releases topics for first presidential debate

Moderator Chris Wallace. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace has selected what topics he'll cover while moderating the first presidential debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden next week.

What to watch: Topics for the Sept. 29 debate will include Trump and Biden's records, the Supreme Court, COVID-19, economic policy, racism and the integrity of the election, the Commission for Presidential Debates announced on Tuesday. Each topic will receive 15 minutes of conversation and will be presented in no particular order.

Fed chair warns economy will feel the weight of expired stimulus

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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday that the expiration of Congress' coronavirus stimulus will weigh on the U.S. economy.

Why it matters: Powell warned that the effects of dried-up benefits are a looming risk to the economy, even if the consequences aren't yet visible.

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