Oil Driller ETFs Get a Lift from Merger Activity | ETF Trends

Oil drilling exchange traded funds (ETFs) are moving big today after a blockbuster merger webt through, creating the world’s second-largest offshore driller.

Offshore drilling specialist Ensco (NYSE: ESV) said on Monday that it would acquire Pride International (NYSE: PDE) of Houston for $7.3 billion in cash and stock. [A Surge in Commodity Prices: ETFs Didn’t Do It.]

According to Andrew Ross Sorkin for DealBook, the merger will create the second-largest offshore driller in the world with 74 rigs around the globe. The combined company will have 21 ultra-deepwater and deepwater rigs. [Energy ETFs Surge As Oil Tops $100.]

The deal had an impact on several energy-related ETFs in early market trading. HOLDRs Market Oil Service (NYSEArca: OIH) is up 1.5% so far today – Ensco is 3.9% of the fund, which has just 14 holdings in total.

Ensco’s deal is thought to be the first of many mergers among drillers as a rig-building boom kicks off, say Joe Carroll and Meera Bhatia for Bloomberg.

The anticipation of such a boom has other oil-services ETF trading up today, too. SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Equipment & Services (NYSEArca: XES) is up 2.5% today, though it doesn’t count Ensco as a holding in any amount. Likewise, PowerShares S&P SmallCap Energy (NYSEArca: XLES) is up by the same amount though it doesn’t own Ensco.

Tisha Guerrero contributed to this article.

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