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Carrizo Oil Stock Gets Pumped on Reports of Potential SM Energy Tie-Up

Tony Owusu

The news comes amid a margin crunch in the energy sector as falling oil and gas prices and rising costs weigh on profitability. SM Energy operates in the natural gas rich Permian Basin in a swath of land known as the Midland Basin. Oil prices rose Monday, with international benchmark Brent crude prices gaining 0.55% to $67.53 per barrel while West Texas crude gained 0.96% to $59.08.