On Wall Street, the stock indices opened near zero and made an effort to rise slightly during the first half hour. The S&P 500, which reached a new record high on Friday, was up 0.03 percent at the time, while the Nasdaq, which focuses on the technology sector, was up 0.11 percent.
In other news, Diamondback Energy announced that it would acquire its competitor, Endeavor Energy Resources, for $26 billion in cash and stock. This acquisition will make Diamondback the largest operator in the traditional Texas oil production area of the Permian Basin and is part of an industry trend of consolidation as companies seek to acquire drilling areas and cut costs. Other companies such as Exxon Mobil and Chevron Corporation have also reported similar acquisitions in recent months.
The earnings season continues on Wall Street with Coca Cola 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.