Lead stories: Majors go big in Brazil's latest pre-salt licensing rounds. Macro: Brent breaks $60/bbl; market reacts to reporting season. Companies: Mixed Q3 results – earnings patchy but operational performance strong; investors agitate for share-buybacks; capital continues to flow into the Vaca Muerta. M&A: Hess exits Norway and Equatorial Guinea for US$2.65 billion. Exploration: Tullow's Suriname wildcat disappoints.