With the Greek elections now in the books, forming a coalition government and working out a detailed pro-bailout strategy is now the top priority for Greece's new conservative party leader, Antonis Samaras. Despite the conservative New Democracy's narrow victory yesterday, the eurozone is still in as precarious shape as ever. Greece can now take another small step in order to heal its debt wounds, as Spain's issues are worsening by the day, with yields on its 10-year notes reaching over 7%.
After opening in the red, the broad markets have been edging higher, with the Dow Jones Industrials
The worst-performing stocks today are those closely levered with international growth. Similar to the broad markets, July crude futures plummeted early on but have been steadily gaining today. Chevron is down 50 basis points as it was one of a few dozen energy companies to have its credit rating reduced by Raymond James, which has taken a negative outlook on future oil prices.
It appears investors in offshore drilling also have a negative outlook on oil prices as Hercules Offshore
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