Today we are watching…
1. Shell (#shell)
Moments ago, this oil giant missed its quarterly earnings target by a country mile. As we scan markets, however, investors waking up to the news appear to be taking it well! The stock is only 3% under, however, the prognosis for 2019 doesn’t look good. When BP’s profits fell off a cliff on Tuesday, the company blamed the weather. After every storm comes a rainbow, they say, but now Shell is struggling as chemical margins tight. Brent Crude prices have also waned and global demand is cooling off. Chevron and Exxon Mobil, take note! This storm hasn’t run out of rain yet, and your quarterly earnings results are due soon! Some market players will short those names, but others won’t take the risk. Your move.
2. Estee Lauder (#estelaud)
This beauty brand is quite a family heirloom for the Lauders, who maintain their 40% stake to this day. While advertising an already popular array of skincare products and fragrances is the company’s bread and butter, discretionary spending correlates heavily with the economy, and so investors are focused on the big picture drivers. For another good-looking set of quarterly results, Estee Lauder needs to ride tariffs, mute currency risk, and continue growing online sales at a double-digit rate. Analysts have set the bar at