Macondo Is Still Making Waves

Anyone who imagines the entirety of big oil as one large consolidated effort conspiring together to make the most money possible at all times hasn't been paying attention to the continuing mud fight going on surrounding last year's offshore Macondo disaster. Multibillion-dollar oil companies continue to square off against one another, wielding threats and lawsuits that could jeopardize their survival.

It has become a complicated legal battle of assigning blame, with the wild card of the Department of Justice ultimately having to decide just how far and how draconian it wishes to be in its pursuit for reparations and punishment. But understanding how this scenario might play out starting in February will not only give us some terrific insight into the future of the corporate participants -- BP (BP), Anadarko (APC), Halliburton (HAL) and Transocean (RIG) -- but of the future of offshore drilling....728 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

Read the full story and get access to the Real Money Pro trading floor.

There’s no substitute for a trading floor to get great ideas, so Jim Cramer created a better one at Real Money and blogs there exclusively. We then added legendary hedge fund manager, Doug Kass, with his exclusive Daily Diary and best investing ideas. Staffed with more than 4 dozen investing pros, money managers, journalists and analysts, Real Money Pro gives you a flood of opinions, analysis and actionable trading advice found nowhere else, and allows you to interact directly with each expert.

Already a Subscriber? Please login.

Except as otherwise indicated, quotes are delayed. Quotes delayed at least 20 minutes for all exchanges. Market Data provided by Interactive Data. Company fundamental data provided by Morningstar. Earnings and ratings provided by Zacks. Mutual fund data provided by Valueline. ETF data provided by Lipper. Powered and implemented by Interactive Data Managed Solutions.

TheStreet Ratings updates stock ratings daily. However, if no rating change occurs, the data on this page does not update. The data does update after 90 days if no rating change occurs within that time period.

IDC calculates the Market Cap for the basic symbol to include common shares only. Year-to-date mutual fund returns are calculated on a monthly basis by Value Line and posted mid-month.