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Given the prolonged move up in terms of price and time, the direction of the March E-mini Dow Jones Industrial Average on Monday is likely to be determined by trader reaction to Friday’s close at 29279.
(Bloomberg) -- Oil declined for the second week as signs that supplies remain plentiful offset optimism over the signing of the U.S.-China trade agreement.Futures in New York were little changed Friday but ended the week 0.9% lower. Refiners have turned a crude surplus into a product surplus with U.S. gasoline and distillate stocks expanding by over 40 million barrels during the last three weeks. The build overshadowed Beijing’s commitment to spending $52.4 billion in additional purchases of American energy in the next two years as part the phase-one trade deal between the world’s biggest economies.“There is a positive vibe after the trade deal, but the fact is we are so oversupplied it’s going to be difficult to get the market up past $60,” said Bob Yawger, futures director at Mizuho Securities USA LLC in New York.Before the landmark U.S.-China accord was signed, prices reached a six-week low Wednesday after U.S. government data showed petroleum inventories in the country expanded to the highest levels since September. Supplies at the critical Cushing, Oklahoma, commercial storage hub rose for the first time in 10 weeks. American crude production continues to set new records, reaching 13 million barrels a day earlier this month.Oil drilling rose for the first time in four weeks, led by the Permian Basin, indicating that oil supplies are poised for more gains in the near term.West Texas Intermediate futures for February delivery settled up 2 cents at $58.54 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Brent for March settlement rose 23 cents to $64.85 on the ICE Futures Europe exchange in London after climbing 1% on Thursday. That put its premium over WTI for the same month at $6.27 a barrel.The market may have to contend with another week of inventory builds as fog on the U.S. Gulf Coast has intermittently suspended marine traffic and slowed exports, according to Andy Lipow, president of Lipow Oil Associates LLC in Houston.The International Energy Agency noted on Thursday that global markets have a “solid base” of inventories and climbing supplies from outside the OPEC cartel, even as elevated tensions in the Middle East endanger production from Iraq and elsewhere.(A previous version corrected the timeframe of the stock build in the second paragraph.)\--With assistance from James Thornhill, Elizabeth Low, Grant Smith and Jackie Davalos.To contact the reporter on this story: Sheela Tobben in New York at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: James Herron at firstname.lastname@example.org, Catherine Traywick, Mike JeffersFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
Analysts expect earnings at S&P 500 companies to drop 0.8% in the fourth quarter, but forecast a 5.8% rise in the first quarter of 2020, according to Refinitiv IBES data. Billionaire David Tepper, who founded hedge fund Appaloosa Management, told CNBC that he remains bullish on U.S. equities. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.17% to end at 29,348.1 points, while the S&P 500 gained 0.39% to 3,329.62.
China has been the key oil price driver this week, with phase one of the trade deal driving prices higher before worrying economic data from the country dragged prices lower
Analysts expect earnings at S&P 500 companies to drop 0.8% in the fourth quarter, but forecast a 5.8% rise in the first quarter of 2020, according to Refinitiv IBES data. Billionaire David Tepper, who founded hedge fund Appaloosa Management, told CNBC that he remains bullish on U.S. equities. At 2:42 p.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.08% at 29,321 points, while the S&P 500 gained 0.22% to 3,323.95.
The S&P 500 gained 0.21% to 3,323.61 and the Nasdaq Composite was up 0.05% at 9,362.01. Declining issues outnumbered advancers for a 1.06-to-1 ratio on the Nasdaq. The S&P index recorded 122 new 52-week highs and no new lows, while the Nasdaq recorded 186 new highs and nine new lows.
"Housing reports have come out quite positive, the job growth continues to be healthy and all the worries we had about a recession seem to have passed," said Brad McMillan, chief investment officer for Commonwealth Financial Network, an independent broker-dealer. Declining issues outnumbered advancers for a 1.12-to-1 ratio on the Nasdaq.
The three biggest oilfield service providers have all announced asset sales as they adapt to an environment featuring lower demand for their services
U.S. stock indexes edged higher to hit fresh record highs on Friday on optimism over corporate earnings, economic data and indications of resilience in a Chinese economy battered by a prolonged trade war with the United States. "There's a lot of enthusiasm out there and it is a combination of earnings and strong data that is supporting the market," said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Spartan Capital Securities in New York.
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On Thursday, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved the new free-trade agreement between Canada, the United States and Mexico. The deal, which covers the biggest free-trade zone in the world, should boost the economies of all three countries.
Schlumberger (SLB) delivered earnings and revenue surprises of 5.41% and 0.49%, respectively, for the quarter ended December 2019. Do the numbers hold clues to what lies ahead for the stock?
Helmerich & Payne (HP) has an impressive earnings surprise history and currently possesses the right combination of the two key ingredients for a likely beat in its next quarterly report.