Today we are watching…
1. Twitter (#twit)
Jack Dorsey has survived a leadership coup at the top of his social media empire. The Twitter chief executive stirred controversy last year as investors got suspicious that he was getting distracted by his mobile payments side hustle, Square, before Twitter had even turned profitable. Activists Elliot Management moved in with a majority holding and tried to oust Dorsey from his position and get new management in, but he’s saved his skin by agreeing to a reshuffle of the board of directors and some extremely demanding performance demands to keep his job. While he struggles with those, Elliot board members will write out his succession plan. Gulp!
2. Cabot Oil & Gas (#cabot)
Oil prices were decimated yesterday. Putin’s orders! The vast majority of stocks were pulled down with the market shock, and shale giants bore the brunt of that panic-selling. However, Cabot Oil & Gas made some serious headway on the stock market. The company is involved in natural gas, an output from oil production. As the United States curtails its supply of the black gold, there’ll be less natural gas produced as well, and that could make it a more valuable commodity in markets. Cabot happens to be one of the best-run businesses in the natural gas market, with a strong balance and open-minded investor base. One to watch!