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Old 12 Mar 2007, 04:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Halliburton to Move Headquarters to Middle East Hub of Dubai
Monday , March 12, 2007



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U.S. oil services firm Halliburton Co. (HAL) is moving its headquarters and chief executive to Dubai in a move that immediately sparked criticism from some U.S. politicians.

Texas-based Halliburton, which was led by Vice President Dick Cheney from 1995-2000, did not specify what, if any, tax implications the move might entail. It plans to list on a Middle East bourse once it moves to Dubai a booming commercial center in the Gulf. The company said it was making the moves to position itself better to gain contracts in the oil-rich Middle East.

"This is an insult to the U.S. soldiers and taxpayers who paid the tab for their no-bid contracts and endured their overcharges for all these years," said judiciary committee chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat.

Rep. Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, might hold a hearing on the implications, an aide to Waxman said.

Halliburton has drawn scrutiny from auditors, congressional Democrats and the Justice Department for the quality and pricing of its KBR Inc. (KBR) unit's work for the U.S. army in Iraq.

"My office will be in Dubai, and I will run our entire worldwide operations from that office," Chief Executive David Lesar said at an energy conference in Bahrain on Sunday. "Dubai is a great business center."

Halliburton, which has long been involved in the Middle East, generated more than 38 percent of its $13 billion in oil-services revenue in the eastern hemisphere last year.

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"The company as a whole has continued to diversify internationally, and the Middle East is a point that they have targeted," said William Sanchez, a U.S.-based analyst at Howard Weil Inc.

"They are being opportunistic in putting the CEO in the middle of the action."

Sanchez said he believed Halliburton's move to Dubai was not tax related. Instead he viewed it as a strategic play.

Alan Laws, an analyst at Merrill Lynch (MER), said the move would likely help Halliburton's position in negotiating large contracts.

Halliburton said it would maintain its legal registration in the United States and was not leaving Houston, where it was currently based.

But Lesar told reporters: "At this point in time we clearly see there are greater opportunities in the eastern hemisphere than the western hemisphere."

KBR, the engineering and military-services contractor unit that Halliburton is in the process of splitting off, is the Pentagon's largest contractor in Iraq.

KBR has so far booked more than $20 billion in revenues from its work in Iraq and has been the target of several investigations into the company's billing practices. It has also faced complaints from some U.S. lawmakers about the company's close ties to the Bush administration.

Oil and gas service companies have raised prices for their services over the past two years as the sector strains to bring enough capacity on line to meet rapidly rising oil demand.

Many new supply projects are in the oil-producing countries of the Middle East, while Asia accounts for most of the rising demand.

In contrast, a slide in natural gas prices in the United States has prompted investor concerns that oil and gas companies might cut back spending in North America.

Lesar also said he expected the price of oil to stay above $40 a barrel, providing good conditions for future investment in the oil and gas industry.

Halliburton's shares closed up 29 cents at $32.02 on Friday. The stock has gained 7 percent in the past month but has slipped 3 percent in the last 52 weeks.


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Of course, India and China are the biggest, booming economies in the world. Makes sense to work with them. These assholes in Congress want to tax, regulate and order around every business in the world. If Haliburton wants to move out of the US completely, then good for them. We don't do anything to encourage businesses to set up here anyway.
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Of course, India and China are the biggest, booming economies in the world. Makes sense to work with them. These assholes in Congress want to tax, regulate and order around every business in the world. If Haliburton wants to move out of the US completely, then good for them. We don't do anything to encourage businesses to set up here anyway.

They can go wherever they please, yes. But when they decide to give the US the finger and bounce out for "greener" pastures I don't want to hear any bitching from them when they find that all those cushy no compete contracts awarded to them in the middle east by the US gov't dry up and they have to bid like everyone else. It's bullshit when a corporation is litterally handed billions of dollars in contracts and they decide to turn their backs on the same gov't that treated them so well. But I guess paying your workers a buck an hour and not having to follow safety guildlines is more favorable to your bottom line.
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They can go wherever they please, yes. But when they decide to give the US the finger and bounce out for "greener" pastures I don't want to hear any bitching from them when they find that all those cushy no compete contracts awarded to them in the middle east by the US gov't dry up and they have to bid like everyone else. It's bullshit when a corporation is litterally handed billions of dollars in contracts and they decide to turn their backs on the same gov't that treated them so well. But I guess paying your workers a buck an hour and not having to follow safety guildlines is more favorable to your bottom line.
Maybe instead of hearing people bitch that minimum wage should be 10 bucks an hour for flipping burgers, they'd dedicate themselves to leveling the global workforce and put more pressure on countries harboring and funding sweatshops and stuff. It wouldn't be a problem of ethics if the rest of the world would step up and deal with fair trade like the US does. But since nobody will, I hardly see the problem with one more faceless corporation taking advantage of third world labor. There aren't many Nike factories in the US either...
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As long as congress keeps giving itself raises, that we pay for by the way, I'm all for the min wage going up. I think it's fucked up that it hasn't risen one cent in nearly ten years, but our goddamn fatass senators who spend three quarters of their on the clock time campaigning for re-election instead of actually representing the people raise their salary every chance they get it.


And no, the developing coutries aren't going to improve workers conditions. Why should they? The US doesn't pressure them to due to the cheap goods we buy from them. And the corporations won't because of the cheap labor they get for goods, they don't mind it that their workers live in mud huts.
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As long as congress keeps giving itself raises, that we pay for by the way, I'm all for the min wage going up. I think it's fucked up that it hasn't risen one cent in nearly ten years, but our goddamn fatass senators who spend three quarters of their on the clock time campaigning for re-election instead of actually representing the people raise their salary every chance they get it.
I'm all for taking down politician salarys. They're mostly worthless self serving fat bitches anyway. But everytime minimum wage goes up, it cost's everybody else as well. And just because the fed wage hasn't increased doesn't mean it hasn't incresed all over the country as needed on a local level. The liberals have raised it to like 9.75 in SF and that's just about as much as a gallon of milk

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And no, the developing coutries aren't going to improve workers conditions. Why should they? The US doesn't pressure them to due to the cheap goods we buy from them. And the corporations won't because of the cheap labor they get for goods, they don't mind it that their workers live in mud huts.
Like I was saying, put the pressure on and level the field. The governments are just as complicate in maintaining their poverty shitholes. That's there only export, cheap labor. I'm sick of listening to people bitch about "fair trade" so long as the only country doing anything about it is the US. Maybe the UN would show a little interest in what's going down in China and India

I mean, where's the ACLU? Don't people get their "civil liberty" trampled in places not called America? Do they even have them?
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