Brigham Exploration Shares Soared: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of Brigham Exploration (NAS: BEXP) flew up 20% on Monday after Norway's oil giant Statoil (NYS: STO) said it would buy it for $4.4 billion.

So what: The all-cash deal values Brigham at $36.50 per share and represents about a 20% premium to its Friday closing price. Statoil is making the move to strengthen its position in U.S. unconventional assets, but given the stock's 2% decline today, Wall Street doesn't seem overly thrilled with the purchase price.

Now what: I'd look into this little dip in Statoil as possible entry point. The deal should give the company 375,000 net acres in the Williston Basin, which has production potential from the largest oil accumulations in the country: the Bakken and Three Forks formations. When you couple that fresh growth potential with a solid, steadily growing dividend (currently yielding nearly 4%), Statoil's total return prospects seem too attractive to ignore.

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