- 3:05 p.m. CT -- gradually creeping up; earnings not announced yet
- 3:09 p.m. CT -- someone must know something; just turned red; after-market trades slightly down from the close; buy on the rumor; sell on the news; closed at $118.25; big question, will shares go below $115 in after-market trading?[See below -- id did.] Now, right at $118 at 4:11 p.m.
- 3:26 CT -- first significant movement since close of market -- and the direction? Up. But didn't last even a minute; back to red, just slightly. A lot of trades must be happening as we approach the 4:30 ET mark; yup, now it's green again at 4:27
- 3:28 p.m. CT -- definitely green;
- 3:30 p.m. CT -- there we go -- up over $120! But immediately drops back.
- 3:34 p.m. CT -- down over a dollar; someone must know; now under $117 (3:34)
- 3:35 p.m. CT -- down to $116; will it go below $115?
- Over at Twitter the numbers are out: EPS at $1.67 beats $1.66 forecast; revenue of $46.9 billion in line; guidance of $76 - $78 billion, above expected guidance of $75 billion; shares immediately jumped 2.5% but then fell back; $115.88 at 4.39 p.m. ET.
- 5:19 p.m. CT -- this is probably the low for the night: $114.90.
- carry a greater burden within the group;
- cede market share to other producers (I'm not sure how that differs from the previous bullet); or,
- lose credibility by softening the terms of the deal.
This is a disaster for Saudi Arabia. Even if they cut by more than 1 million bbls/day, there is no guarantee that the price of oil will rise enough to meet their budget needs. They could end up draining cash reserves even faster than they are now, which by the way, I cannot find the September numbers even though it is almost November. The most recent update, which included the August numbers, have been out there forever.
Back to the Bakken
RBN Energy: US producers are coming back, despite low prices.
Big story everywhere: from NPR to The Wall Street Journal -- as premiums jump 25% and insurers flee, administration extends sigh-up for Affordable (LOL) Care Act. I think everyone pretty much agrees this is the beginning of the end. Next iteration: HillaryCare. At some point, ZombieCare -- it will never, ever die.
Lots of business stories:
- General Motors 3Q16 earnings more than double.
- Baker Huges reports huge loss but still beats expectations.
- The Caterpillar story continues.
- ATT's big dividend gets bigger; raised one penny while share prices fall; yields over 5%
- BHI soars to a 1-year high after announcing more job cuts
- Target has plan to respond to Walmart's Christmas price war to include ... drum...roll.... a Wonder Woman driving figurine -- yup, that will do it!
- Consumer Reports gives Tesla low reliability ranking;
- Coalition takes on the JV Team in Iraq.
- Former Pennsylvania attorney general gets prison term.
- Poll: Americans' respect for police reaches highest level since 1967. Ya think?
- Holiday rush: retailers rushed to hire for holidays; a sign of tight labor market. (I think this might be the most interesting story.)
In an interview with the Washington Post, Fisher said Tesla had taken a basic platform and “added so many overly complicated features”, such as automated front doors, middle-row seats on power sliders etc. “All those things add up in a way that can bring the platform down,” he said. “The falcon-wing doors are kind of an accident waiting to happen,” Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports’ Director of Automotive Testing, said.
Talk About A Market That Can't Get Any Traction
Apple is expected to announce 3Q16 earnings after the market closes. Apple had done well as of late after the Samsung implosion, or should we say, "Samsung explosion"? It is expected that Apple will announce first full-year revenue decline since 2001. The shares are still up despite that bit of negative news and on a day where the market is negative. It is barely up, about 35 cents on $118/share.
Late afternoon trading: Dow 30 down 43 points; WTI below $50 at $49.81
- new highs - 62: BHI, BAX (a huge whoop), SandRidge Energy,
- new lows - 28