Halliburton announced that there is no basis to the spurious rumor that it has filed for bankruptcy or that such a filing is contemplated. The Company has also heard a rumor that there has been a new large asbestos jury verdict against it that has not been announced by the Company. That rumor is also unfounded. The Company conducts a vigorous defense of asbestos lawsuits and adverse verdicts will and do occur from time to time and will be promptly announced by the Company when they are materially adverse. It is the Company's policy that it does not respond to rumors. An exception has been made in this situation because of the serious and spurious nature of these particular rumors.