Normally when a company chooses to do a share offering, the attendant dilution causes a dip in the share price. When you're listing in a market gripped by a speculative frenzy, however, the usual rules don't necessarily apply.
Yesterday, we saw PetroChina
That's right. The excitement surrounding this announcement was enough to drive PetroChina's market capitalization above that of Royal Dutch Shell
PetroChina has planned some massive capital outlays for this year, budgeting even more than top dog ExxonMobil
PetroChina finds itself in something of a paradoxical situation. In the midst of a white-hot economy, demand for oil and gas is going through the roof. At the same time, demand for everything else is leading to inflation and driving up the cost of capital expenditures. I don't see that inflation being contained without a big hit to the growth that's driving demand.
Neither situation is ideal. But if I had to guess, I think the company would choose today's high growth/inflation situation over the alternative. Given the long-term outlook for the country, though, I don't think PetroChina will have too much to fret about. It and CNOOC
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Fool contributor Toby Shute doesn't own shares in any company mentioned. The Motley Fool's disclosure policy means there's nothing to fret about.