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A sign showing gas prices per gallon in 2014. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The world's largest publicly held oil-and-gas companies are slated to report third-quarter earnings this week.

Why it matters: It provides the latest window into how the companies are handling modest oil prices and sluggish global demand growth.

  • BP reports Tuesday; Total SA reports Wednesday; Royal Dutch Shell's comes Thursday; and U.S.-based giants Exxon and Chevron arrive Friday.

Threat level: Per Bloomberg, the companies are expected to post an average 42% drop in earnings.

  • That decline stems not only from oil prices, but also weakness in the petrochemicals market, maintenance keeping facilities at below capacity, and other forces.

But, but, but: It's not just the biggest multinationals facing a tough earnings season.

  • "Investors are bracing for weaker results from U.S. shale players in coming days as lower oil and natural gas prices and cost-cutting measures have weighed on third-quarter operations," Reuters reports.

Go deeper: Big Oil's Q3 lobbying numbers

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Schools face an uphill battle to reopen during the pandemic

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

President Biden's plan to accelerate the reopening of K-8 schools faces major challenges from a still out-of-control pandemic and more contagious coronavirus variants.

Why it matters: The longer American kids miss in-person schooling, the further they fall behind. But the uncertain state of the science on the role young children play in the pandemic continues to complicate efforts to reopen schools.

Focus group: Former Trump voters say he should never hold office again

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

"Relief" is the top emotion some swing voters who used to support Donald Trump say they felt as they watched President Biden's swearing-in, followed by "hope."

Why it matters: For voters on the bubble between parties, this moment is less about excitement for Biden or liberal politics than exhaustion and disgust with Trump and a craving for national healing. Most said Trump should be prohibited from ever holding office again.

Updated 15 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

  1. Health: Most vulnerable Americans aren't getting enough vaccine information — Fauci says Trump administration's lack of facts on COVID "very likely" cost lives.
  2. Politics: Biden unveils "wartime" COVID strategyBiden's COVID-19 bubble.
  3. Vaccine: Florida requiring proof of residency to get vaccine — CDC extends interval between vaccine doses for exceptional cases.
  4. World: Hong Kong to put tens of thousands on lockdown as cases surge.
  5. Sports: 2021 Tokyo Olympics hang in the balance.
  6. 🎧 Podcast: Carbon Health's CEO on unsticking the vaccine bottleneck.