ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after a second quarter touchdown pass against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Clemson’s star freshman quarterback, Trevor Lawrence, had one question following his team’s dominant win over Notre Dame tonight.Where’s the confetti?Lawrence, a first-year quarterback, was playing in his first college football bowl game. He expected there to be some confetti pouring down onto the field after his team’s big win over the Fighting Irish.“Where’s the confetti?! I thought it was a bowl game?” Lawrence questioned live on ESPN following the game.I mean, Trevor Lawrence has a point. Clemson won a bowl game… right? No confetti?— Brian Rosenthal (@GBRosenthal) December 30, 2018The confetti can wait for next week, apparently.Clemson has moved on to the national title game, where it’ll face the winner of the Alabama-Oklahoma game.If Lawrence plays in that game like he did tonight, the Tigers will have a real chance at giving Dabo Swinney his second national championship.Clemson is expected to enter its contest against Alabama as a 7-point underdog (or a favorite if the opponent is Oklahoma).
The price of oil climbed to near US$104 a barrel Tuesday as the imminent start of the third-quarter U.S. corporate reporting season provided investors with something to focus on other just the budget stalemate in Washington.By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for November delivery was up 84 cents at $103.87 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 81 cents to close at US$103.03 a barrel on the Nymex on Monday.Oil prices have fallen in the last week after the U.S. government was forced to partially halt operations. The shutdown occurred because Congress could not agree on short-term funding that would have allowed the country to pay its bills past Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year. Some 800,000 federal workers were furloughed, although some were called back to their jobs, and many non-essential agencies and services were shuttered.A deadline is also approaching for raising the nation’s borrowing limit. If Congress doesn’t raise the limit by Oct. 17, the country could face its first-ever debt default, which experts warn could seriously harm the global economy.Oil traders have gotten jittery in recent days as the deadline approaches, and crude prices have fallen.Over the coming days, investors will be monitoring earnings statements from leading U.S. companies.As is usual, aluminum giant Alcoa kicks off the quarterly earnings season later after Wall Street closes. While Alcoa is no longer listed on the Dow, it is considered a bellwether for commodities. Its results will be watched for signs about global manufacturers’ demand for the lightweight metal in a stubbornly slow-growing economy.New information on U.S. stockpiles of crude and refined products are also on the agenda.Data for the week ended Oct. 4 is expected to show builds of 2.2 million barrels in crude oil stocks and 1.3 million barrels in gasoline stocks, according to a survey of analysts by Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos.The American Petroleum Institute will release its report on oil stocks later Tuesday, while the report from the U.S. Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration — the market benchmark — will be out on Wednesday.Brent, the benchmark for international crudes, was up 75 cents to US$109.43 on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on Nymex, wholesale gasoline rose 2.76 cents to US$2.6537 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil added 2.53 cents to US$3.0346 a gallon and natural gas rose 2.9 cents to US$3.658 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) by Pablo Gorondi, The Associated Press Posted Oct 8, 2013 7:02 am MDT Oil rises to near US$104 as Q3 corporate earnings season gets under way AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email