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US oil explorer's bonds plummet 31% in a week

Pacific may not be able to avoid default after slump caused by aborted takeover

New York

BOND traders are signalling that Pacific Exploration & Production Corp may not be able to avoid a default.

Pacific's US$4.1 billion of bonds have plummeted 31 per cent in the past week alone, the biggest decline in the US$5.8 trillion market for dollar-denominated