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OPEC+ Drama Spikes Oil: Thanksgiving Chill Doesn’t Stop the Sizzle

As Asia braced for the weekend, oil prices decided to shake things up a bit. The drama of an OPEC+ meeting delay had traders biting their nails, yet hope for supply cuts kept the market from a month-long losing streak.

With the U.S. in holiday mode, trading volumes hit the snooze button. Sure, crude prices were inching up for the week, but it was like finding spare change in your pocket—a modest win amid unexpected OPEC+ scheduling chaos.

Picture this: a meeting delay from November 26 to November 30 had tongues wagging about disagreements between member countries. Reports spilled the tea on Africa’s Angola and Nigeria wanting to crank up output, while Saudi Arabia and Russia eyed deeper cuts to counter oil price woes.

Brent oil futures decided to do a little shimmy, up 0.3% to $81.67 a barrel, while West Texas Intermediate crude futures joined the dance, rising 0.4% to $76.69 a barrel. These contracts were grinning about a 0.8% weekly gain, their first high-five after a rough patch that nearly brought prices to their knees.

But hold your horses! A spanner in the works appeared with data showing U.S. inventories bloated more than anyone bargained for. It seems the crude market isn’t as snug as we thought, especially with U.S. production hanging close to its record peak.

That’s when the spotlight swings back to OPEC+. The rumor mill suggests they might roll out more production cuts, but with the ongoing output tango, don’t bet the house on a grand reduction just yet.

Dow ends lower as Fed minutes point to higher for longer rates

Stocks such as Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE), S&P Global (NYSE:SPGI), Blackstone (NYSE:BX), and Prologis (NYSE:PLD) have outperformed the MSCI USA index as the 10-year Treasury yield continues to drop. In the world of mergers and acquisitions, Vista Outdoor (NYSE:VSTO)’s market value saw a post-market increase following a merger proposal from Colt CZ Group, accompanied by a buyback strategy. In the sports betting sector, ahead of Thanksgiving, apps like Penn Entertainment’s ESPN Bet topped download charts, with Flutter Entertainment’s FanDuel and DraftKings (NASDAQ:DKNG) also seeing increased activity.

In corporate movements, OpenAI announced a significant AI innovation named Q* alongside news of CEO Sam Altman stepping down. Meanwhile, Howard Hughes (NYSE:HHH) Holdings experienced a surge in its share price after Pershing Square Capital Management made a substantial $12.7 million purchase. Conversely, PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL) Holdings’ executive Jonathan Auerbach sold shares, continuing a trend of insider selling at the company over recent months.

In resource sector news, Morien Resources Corp. has paused dividend payments due to regulatory issues impacting operations at its Donkin Mine, which in turn affects its revenue. On the regulatory front, tech giants Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Meta (NASDAQ:META) are adjusting to new EU rules aimed at curbing online child exploitation while maintaining encryption standards. Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is also navigating the regulatory landscape, set to receive unconditional EU approval for its acquisition of iRobot (NASDAQ:IRBT).

Lastly, Safety Shot has revealed plans that will enable current shareholders to resell their stock.


Midcaps Steal the Limelight: Small Enough to Innovate, Big Enough to Impress

Move over, large caps—midcap stocks are strutting their stuff! Investors are eyeing this Goldilocks zone of the stock market, where companies with market caps ranging from $2 billion to $10 billion are becoming the new darlings. They’re like the middle child—established enough to hold their ground but sprightly enough to promise some serious growth.

In recent trading sessions, these midcaps have been outshining the big shots, hinting at a potential shake-up in the investment game. Think of them as the Goldilocks porridge—not too small to be risky, not too big to miss out on innovation. Historically, these midcaps have been the rock stars of returns, and it seems like they’re gearing up for an encore.

What’s got everyone buzzing? Well, amidst market rollercoasters, these midcaps have been doing a victory dance, showing resilience and bagging better returns. Investors are swooning, and it’s not just a fling; it looks like the market’s affections might be swaying toward this midcap magic. Watch out, bigwigs—the midcaps are here to play!

Ah, Black Friday—the day when people usually dive into the shopping frenzy, but how about diving into some investments instead? While everyone’s busy hunting for deals on gadgets and gizmos, why not snag a bargain in the stock market? Think of it as the Black Friday of investing—discounts on potential, markdowns on growth, and perhaps a BOGO (Buy One, Get One) deal on financial success. So, skip the crowded malls, cozy up with your laptop, and let those investment opportunities be your doorbuster deals this Black Friday!