Good evening, everyone. Welcome to Friday’s edition of The Daily Rip. 😎
Three of the four major indexes finished Friday in green. The Dow sprang to life, rising 1.09%. The S&P 500 ascended 0.75%. The Russell 2000 faded near the close to lose 0.37%.
Bitcoin blasted 8.8% and busted above $62,000. $BTC.X trades at prices not seen since April and sits less than 2% away from all-time highs. 🚀 🚀 Here’s the daily chart:
Consumer discretionary popped off into the week’s end – $XLY gained 1.53% to record highs. 🏆 Financials followed suit, drumming up a 1.49% gain. 🥁
Zinc futures zipped 9.55% to new highs due to an increase in spot demand. The commodity gained 20% this week.
Here are the closing prices:
Goldman Stays Golden ✨
Goldman Sachs reported beefy earnings today, ending off the first week of the new earnings season in spectacular fashion. 🥳 👏
The banking giant stayed golden in Q3 2021, with EPS of $14.93. Analysts expected $10.18, which gave the company a 49.1% surprise. Profits were up 63% to $5.28 billion. 💸
For revenue, Goldman booked $13.61 billion. Analysts expected $11.68 billion in revenue, which made for a 17% surprise. Revenue was up 26% YoY.
As we’ve seen from other banks in the latest quarter, strong market performance makes for strong investment banking revenue. Goldman brought in $3.7 billion from its investment bank division, which was up 88% YoY.
The bank’s market division made $5.61 billion, bond trading revenue pulled $2 billion, and its consumer-facing biz (which includes credit cards and deposit balances) earned $2.02 billion.
Goldman was the last of the “major banks” to report this week. All of banks did solid in the latest quarter, helping to boost the $XLF +1% this week.
$GS gained 3.8% today. 🤑
Buy, Sell, Deliver; The Recreational Plant Company Conquering Verticals
“The Vacation Spike”
Airlines, cruise lines, hotel chains, and travel companies are bracing for a vacation rush after a wild last 19 months. 😪
In a new interview on Axios, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky said he foresees a travel spike as workers rush to use their PTO by the end of the year. An internal poll conducted by the company shows that “half of people are in danger of losing PTO by year’s end.”
Chesky isn’t the only CEO predicting a travel boost. Several weeks ago, Chesky appeared at Skift Travel Forum to discuss a “new golden age of travel.” Many travel leaders shared his sentiment, with some pointing out that work-from-home might encourage more “bleisure” travel (that’s business and leisure.) ✈️ 🌴
Travel throughput at airports has been gradually rising over the last few months, despite sitting well below 2019 throughput. Carnival Cruise Lines’ CEO said that bookings for early next year were besting 2019 levels. And Hilton CEO Christopher Nassetta shared his belief that “travel demand would eclipse 2019 levels in a matter of three years.”
At this rate, it’s hard to know how the travel recovery will manifest. With that being said, upbeat tones throughout the travel industry are bullish indicators for the future. 📈 💚
The Future(s) of Bitcoin
$BTC.X climbed above $60,000 for the first time in six months as traders speculated that the SEC would clear the first-ever Bitcoin futures ETF. The largest cryptocurrency surged as high as $62,626, notching its highest level since Apr. 18, 2021. 😁
The speculation was prompted after the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy published a tweet on Thursday saying “before investing in a fund that holds Bitcoin futures contracts, make sure you carefully weigh the potential risks and benefits.”
Investors took the tweet to mean that the SEC would be approving one or multiple Bitcoin ETFs. The agency has been reviewing over a dozen Bitcoin ETF filings, including Bitcoin futures ETF applications. Bloomberg reported that the regulator is expected to approve at least four futures-backed Bitcoin ETFs this month. 🤗 The report specifically named applications by ProShares and Invesco which could be allowed to launch next week.
Bitcoin is notorious for gaining momentum in October. The flagship cryptocurrency hit an all-time high above $64,000 in April before declining sharply after a crackdown on the crypto market in China. It dropped below $30,000 in July. Since then, it has more than doubled its price.
The Planet’s Silent Killer
Bloomberg’s report describes the harmful environmental effects of unattended oil and gas wells leaking methane — the article highlights both lawmakers’ and companies’ (like Diversified) environmentally harmful practices:
“Indeed, state and federal policies—from plugging regulations to tax subsidies—encourage companies to do exactly what Diversified is doing: Keep almost dead assets on life support as long as possible, no matter how much they may damage the planet.”
Natural gas is a cleaner energy alternative to fossil fuels when burned. But, if left unattended, natural gas leaks methane which actually has the potential to cause 80x more warming in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. 😬
Diversified Energy responded to Bloomberg’s criticism, saying Bloomberg’s report fails to “reflect the positive environmental, social and economic benefits stemming from the Company’s investment into – and stewardship of – its assets within communities in which the Company operates.”
Could methane be cooking the planet?? Only time (and more research) will tell. $DECPF closed at $1.50.
Looking for more earnings action? Check out all the companies that reported today on Stocktwits and hop into the community to see what’s buzzing. 🐝
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