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Shale land grab tops mergers as buyers await better oil outlook

The hottest assets are in the Permian Basin straddling West Texas and New Mexico and some land in Oklahoma


THE buyer's market that the battered US shale patch has become is so far luring more land purchases than takeovers as investors await a more solid crude price rebound before making bigger moves.

Handshakes between US oil and gas explorers have had more to do with