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Denver-based Forest Oil Corp. made interim CEO Patrick R. McDonald the company's permanent chief, prompting speculation by one analyst that "all strategic options remain on the table for the company." McDonald had served as interim chief since June 21 while the company's board conducted a search for a replacement for former CEO H. Craig Clark. Clark left the company abruptly, sparking speculation that it was because of a failure to strike a joint venture in the Eagle Ford Shale. Wells Fargo Securities analyst David Tameron said the appointment of McDonald was a positive for the company and could signal more news to come. "We believe the announcement may allow Street speculation surrounding the potential takeout of the company to continue, as a new CEO would have likely entered with a multiyear restructuring road map. From our take, all strategic options remain on the table," Tameron said in a note.

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