Wall Street was abuzz with news and activity as the stock indices opened near zero. Despite making a slight effort to rise during the first half hour, they remained largely unchanged. The Dow Jones of large companies was up 0.05 percent, the Nasdaq, which focuses on technology, was up 0.11 percent, and the broad S&P 500, which hit a new record high on Friday, remained flat at the time.
In other news, an oil company named Diamondback Energy announced that it would be acquiring its competitor Endeavor Energy Resources for $26 billion. The acquisition will be made in cash and stock, and is part of an industry trend of consolidation as companies seek to acquire drilling areas and cut costs. This move caused Diamondback’s share price to rise more than seven percent, making it the largest operator in the traditional Texas oil production area of the Permian Basin.
As Wall Street continues to buzz with news and activity, earnings season is also in full swing. Tomorrow will see Coca Cola announce its October-January results and release its financial statements for last year. Additionally, investors will be eagerly awaiting the publication of the country’s inflation figures for January in the United States.