Wall Street opened with a sluggish start as the stock indices hovered near zero. Despite making an effort to rise slightly during the first half hour, the Dow Jones of large companies was up only 0.05 percent, the Nasdaq, which focuses on technology, was up 0.11 percent and the broad S&P 500, which reached a new record high on Friday, remained unchanged at 0.03 percent.
Meanwhile, news of a major acquisition in the oil industry sent shares soaring. Diamondback Energy announced that it would acquire Endeavor Energy Resources for $26 billion in cash and stock. The resulting company will become the largest operator in the traditional Texas oil production area of the Permian Basin. This acquisition is part of a trend in the industry as companies look to consolidate and cut costs by acquiring drilling areas. Similar acquisitions by other companies such as Exxon Mobil and Chevron Corporation have also been reported in recent months.
As earnings season continues on Wall Street, Coca Cola is set to announce its October-January results and last year’s financial statements tomorrow. Additionally, tomorrow will see the publication of the country’s inflation figures for January in the United States.