Well, the good news seems to keep coming in. And we remain cautiously optimistic, but more optimistic than we have been. For Five Star, January was still well below our average, but a significant improvement year of year and month over month. February seems to be trending even better. So while we are not where we need to be, we are certainly on an uptrend. And we hope that continues.
This week there is a lot to talk about. First and foremost, is the earnings that we reported. More than ever, I am going to encourage all of our readers, particularly those of you responsible in any capacity for planning for your business, to at least skim the earnings report we provided this week (FMC, NOV and Oceaneering to follow in our next edition). The CEOs of these big companies are much smarter than me, and I think their guidance is very telling. From reading all of the transcripts from the earnings calls, I discerned a few key patterns where all of the CEOs seem to be in agreement.