Why Berry Petroleum's Shares Jumped Today

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What: Shares of Berry Petroleum (UNKNOWN: BRY.DL2  ) jumped as much as 11% today after LINN Energy (NASDAQ: LINE  ) and affiliate LinnCo (NASDAQ: LNCO  ) increased their offer for the company.

So what: A buyout agreement between Berry Petroleum and LINN Energy could have been broken after last week but the companies were still working on terms that would keep both companies from backing out on the deal. Now, Berry Petroleum is now being offered 1.68 shares of LinnCo for each share in a buyout instead of the original 1.25 shares, an increase of about $600 million.

Now what: All three stocks actually moved higher today but the biggest winner would clearly be Berry Petroleum. There's also still upside for investors willing to bet on a deal going through. If the merger is completed at the current price, Berry shareholders would get $56.04 per share in LinnCo, a $4.32 upside from today. That's a risky bet considering the tribulation this deal has been through in the last month alone.

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