At the height of the U.S. shale boom, buying almost anything Permian-related seemed like a good investment. As the boom slowed, the Permian Basin retained a star rating. But today even the Permian requires a focused approach—how can investors play it today? 

Overall, the outlook for M&A in the Permian Basin has shifted, according to a recent report from Bernstein Research updating the firm’s thoughts on deal making opportunities in the basin.

In the past, the Bernstein analysts, led by Bob Brackett, suggested that small- to mid-cap Permian M&A “was a tough way to win,” and the large-cap theme was preferable.

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