Shell may look to sell Woodside Petroleum stake, Haaretz reports

Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) may decide to divest its 23.1% stake in Woodside Petroleum (WOPEY) to avoid the risk of boycott by Arab countries, according to Commonwealth Bank of Australia analyst Luke Smith, Haaretz reports. This decision may be made following Woodside's agreement to buy a 30% interest in Israel's Leviathan natural gas field. Smith believes BHP Billiton (BHP) may have interest in buying the stake.