The American soldiers were outnumbered approximately 5-1 and were lacking in cold-weather gear, ammunition, food, medical supplies, and senior leadership (as many senior officers, including the 101st's commander—Major General Maxwell Taylor—were elsewhere). Due to the worst winter weather in memory, the surrounded U.S. forces could not be resupplied by air nor was tactical air support available due to cloudy weather.
It was on the 22nd of December that General von Lüttwitz submitted the following demand for surrender to his American counterpart commanding the American forces in Bastogne, Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe:
To the U.S.A. Commander of the encircled town of Bastogne.
The fortune of war is changing. This time the U.S.A. forces in and near Bastogne have been encircled by strong German armored units. More German armored units have crossed the river Our near Ortheuville, have taken Marche and reached St. Hubert by passing through Hompre-Sibret-Tillet. Libramont is in German hands.
There is only one possibility to save the encircled U.S.A. troops from total annihilation: that is the honorable surrender of the encircled town. In order to think it over a term of two hours will be granted beginning with the presentation of this note.
If this proposal should be rejected one German Artillery Corps and six heavy A. A. Battalions are ready to annihilate the U.S.A. troops in and near Bastogne. The order for firing will be given immediately after this two hours term.
All the serious civilian losses caused by this artillery fire would not correspond with the well-known American humanity.
The German Commander.
Within a short time McAuliffe responded thusly to von Lüttwitz:
Endo - I have not yet had time to listen to today's webcast. Any idea if today's big pps drop was related to the conference presentation? Hard to see how there wouldn't be a linkage... Looking forward to hearing Pezel's report out.
Endo - that is interesting that they are presenting at barclay's on 3 November - which is three days before the Q3 conference call.
Would this not mean that we should see them "pre-announce" expected earnings? Since I believe they have had to do so in the past when presenting in between the end of a Quarter and the official release of results. And if so, would they pre-announce the same day as the Barclay's conference, or sooner?
This is potentially exciting - we could see the shorts squirming even sooner than next Thursday if the results are anywhere near as good as what GSA predicts!