July 18 — The selection earlier this month of retired Halliburton CEO David Lesar to lead the Houston utility is raising speculation among analysts and investors that his task is to make one more big deal: sell CenterPoint. Both Lesar and CenterPoint deny a potential sale is in the works, but analysts point to several indicators that might suggest otherwise, including a recent change in compensation policies that eliminates vesting periods and allows Lesar and other executives to cash in millions of dollars in stock awards if the company is sold.

— Houston Chronicle