Key energy events
Between January 16 and January 19, 2018, the events mentioned in the table below could be important for US crude oil prices as well as natural gas prices.
Key events January 16–18, 2018
The EIA (U.S. Energy Information Administration) Drilling and Productivity Report (or DPR) could be important for US crude oil (USO) (DBO) (UCO) as well as natural gas (UNG) (BOIL) prices. A rise in production and productivity levels of oil and natural gas from the US major shale regions could limit the upside in these two energy commodities.
US crude oil futures
On January 12, 2018, US crude oil futures closed at $64.30 per barrel, their highest closing price since December 8, 2014. On the same day, natural gas futures closed at $3.20 per MMBtu (million British thermal unit), their highest closing price since November 13, 2017.
In addition to the EIA data, OPEC’s (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) Monthly Oil Market Report and the IEA (International Energy Agency) Oil Market Report could be important for US crude oil prices, which are at their three-year highs. Higher oil (BNO) prices could benefit the energy exposure of equity indexes such as the S&P 500 Index (SPY) (SPX-INDEX) and the Dow Jones Industrial Average Index (DIJA-INDEX). So these events could also impact the equity indexes.
Dollar Tree (DLTR) is rated a 2.1 on a scale of 1 ("strong buy") to 5 ("strong sell") by Wall Street analysts.
Yum! Brands (YUM) is set to report its first-quarter earnings before the market opens on May 1.
Merchant power player NRG Energy (NRG) is slated to report its first-quarter earnings on May 2. According to consensus estimates, NRG will report earnings of $0.56 per share for the quarter, which ended on March 31.
Fortinet (FTNT) is scheduled to announce its first-quarter results on May 2.
AK Steel (AKS) is scheduled to release its first-quarter earnings on April 29 after the markets close. The company is to hold its earnings call on April 30.
Apple (AAPL) is scheduled to release its second quarter of fiscal 2019 results on April 30 after markets close.
Clorox (CLX) stock was trading flat on a year-to-date basis as of April 24, and it has underperformed the broader markets as well as its peers.