Stock market futures rose Friday morning following strong October unemployment data. Watch for the report to positively affect markets throughout the day.
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- Why the Rising Tide in Oil Hasn't Been as Good for Offshore Drilling Ventures
- Transocean Deal Shows Rising Clout of Activist Investors
The spread between West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and Brent continues to narrow.
Thanks to additional new U.S. pipeline capacity and the growing volume of oil product exports from American refineries, the glut of excess storage at Cushing, Okla., is shrinking.
This ongoing glut has been the single biggest reason why WTI trades at a discount to Brent. As I write this, WTI is approaching $104 a barrel and Brent $111.
With crude oil prices continuing to rise, you would think that would be good news for both onshore and offshore drilling ventures.
Score another victory for Carl Icahn.
The concessions he won from the world's largest offshore rig contractor include a boost to Transocean's dividend from $2.24 to $3 a share, subject to approval at next year's annual general meeting.
Transocean management also agreed to support Icahn-backed director Samuel Merksamer's re-election to the board, as well as the election of another Icahn pick, Vincent Intrieri, at next year's meeting.