Misgivings About Big Mergers

A new oil deal causes a stir on Capitol Hill

As antimerger sentiment began bubbling in Congress, the last thing the oil industry wanted was another takeover. But that is exactly what it got last week. Mobil (1983 revenues: $58.5 billion) announced that it would pay $5.7 billion for Superior Oil (revenues: $1.8 billion). It was Big Oil's third megadeal in as many months and came only six days after Standard Oil of California had bid $13.2 billion for Gulf in history's biggest takeover. Sighed Socal Chairman George Keller: "Some people who aren't concerned...

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