|Bid||69.94 x 800|
|Ask||69.95 x 2200|
|Day's Range||68.90 - 70.27|
|52 Week Range||64.65 - 83.49|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.00|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||20.44|
|Earnings Date||Jan 30, 2020 - Feb 3, 2020|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||3.48 (5.05%)|
|1y Target Est||78.36|
Exxon Mobil did not mislead investors on the true cost of addressing climate change. That’s according to a New York judge, who ruled on Tuesday that state attorney general Letitia James failed to produce any evidence that suggested otherwise. James had argued that Exxon - one of the two largest U.S. oil companies - falsely stated that it had properly evaluated the impact of future climate regulations on its business, causing investors to lose $1.6 billion. In dismissing the case, Judge Barry Ostrager wrote: "Nothing in this opinion is intended to absolve Exxon Mobil from responsibility for contributing to climate change through the emission of greenhouse gases…" But he added that it was a securities case, not a climate change case. The lawsuit - filed in October 2018 - was the first of several climate change lawsuits against major oil companies to go to trial, which saw testimony from former Exxon CEO - and former Secretary of State - Rex Tillerson, who denied the allegations against the company.
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Saudi Aramco stock rose 4.6% on Thursday, with its valuation climbing above $2 trillion—the first time any company has hit that mark.
BARRON'S TAKE Don’t expect Saudi Aramco to be a big position in your exchange-traded fund soon. (2222) (ticker: 2222.SA) hit $2 trillion in market capitalization Thursday on the heels of its initial public offering, making it more valuable than (MSFT) (ticker: MSFT), (AAPL) (AAPL), and (AMZN) (AMZN).
Dividend investors usually focus on companies that have a long track record of increasing their dividends year after year. The companies with at least 25 years of consecutive dividend increases are especially favored by income oriented investors. This is actually not a bad idea as long as these companies continue to increase dividends. However, when […]
Reportedly, ExxonMobil (XOM) plans for shipment of two cargoes, each with a capacity to carry 1 million barrels of oil from deepwater Liza field in January.
EIA's Weekly Petroleum Status Report revealed that crude inventories rose by 822,000 barrels, compared to the 1.8 million barrels decrease that energy analysts had expected.
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Oil and gas producers could wipe billions of dollars off the value of U.S. natural gas assets in the months ahead, analysts said on Wednesday, after Chevron Corp became the fourth oil major to slash its estimates for sector values. A long, steady increase in U.S. gas production – much of it a byproduct of the shale oil boom – has pushed prices for the fuel toward a 25-year low. Nearly half of U.S. gas production is a by-product of oil drilling, and therefore does not change in response to weak prices, analysts said.
While the ruling was a victory for the oil giant, it raises questions about how environmental groups and institutional shareholders will handle environmental issues with the company going forward.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Along with never invading Russia or getting into a Twitter argument, we can add another golden rule — this one specifically for U.S. oil majors: Never buy a shale-gas business.Chevron Corp.’s $10-11 billion impairment, announced late Tuesday, relates mostly to the Appalachian gas assets it picked up in 2011’s $4.9 billion acquisition of Atlas Energy Inc. Back then, the Permian basin was not a regular topic on the business channels, nor was it a central pillar of Chevron’s spending plans. But now it is, and simultaneously plowing billions into a Permian oil business that spits out gas essentially for free while running a dry-gas business in the Marcellus shale is like flooring it with the parking brake on.Chevron joins the ranks of Exxon Mobil Corp. — which paid $35 billion for XTO Energy Inc. less than a year before the Atlas deal and has been haunted by it ever since — and ConocoPhillips, which bought Rockies gas producer Burlington Resources Inc. way back in 2006 for $36 billion and then wrote most of that off in 2008.But there is far more to this than just mistimed forays into the graveyard of optimism that is the U.S. natural gas market — and not just for Chevron.Big Oil just had a forgettable earnings season. Chevron announced cost overruns on the giant Tengiz expansion project in Kazakhstan. Exxon continued borrowing to cover its dividend. Across the pond, BP Plc and Royal Dutch Shell Plc flubbed resetting expectations on dividends and buybacks. What ties all of these together are weak returns on capital. Chevron’s problems in Kazakhstan are echoed in its impairment of another asset, the Big Foot field in the Gulf of Mexico. This is another mega-project that went awry and, in an era when producers can no longer count on an oil upswing to save the economics, is found wanting. Chevron is also ditching the Kitimat LNG project in Canada that it bought into in 2013.All this is a particularly sore spot for Chevron given its problems with Australian liquefied natural gas mega-projects earlier this decade. CEO Mike Wirth’s decision to clear the decks seems intended in part to signal that, unlike the experience of his predecessor with Australian LNG development, he will drop big assets that don’t make the cut financially.Discovering, financing and developing mega-projects is why the supermajors were created at the end of the 1990s. Today, when investors are interested at all, they’re leery of capital outlays, aware the outlook for oil and gas markets is challenged in fundamental ways. So tying up money in big, risky, multi-year ventures is a good way to crush your stock price.Wirth isn’t abandoning conventional development; Big Foot aside, the Gulf Of Mexico has several new projects in the pipeline, for example. But to offset the drag on returns from the extra spending at Tengiz, he must streamline the rest of the portfolio. This is the story of the sector writ large. “Too much capital is chasing too few opportunities,” as Doug Terreson of Evercore ISI puts it. Conoco, which remade itself radically after the Burlington debacle, set the tone with its recent analyst day, emphasizing the need to get the industry’s long-standing spending habits under control and focus on returns to win back investors who are free to put their money into other sectors. Chevron’s write-offs and shareholder payouts (38% of cash from operations over the past 12 months) are of a piece with this. While the company has laid out guidance for production to grow by 3% to 4% a year, that is very much subject to the returns on offer. Capital intensity — as in, shrinking it — is what counts.Chevron’s move throws the spotlight especially on big rival Exxon. While Exxon has taken some impairment against its U.S. gas assets, that represented a small fraction of the XTO purchase. Exxon also sticks out right now for its giant capex budget (bigger than Chevron’s by more than half), leaving no room for buybacks or even to fully cover its dividend.In the first decade of the supermajors, when peak oil supply was a thing, big projects with big budgets to match were something to boast about. As the second decade draws to an end, only the leanest operators will survive. Chevron won’t be the last oil major to rip off the band-aid, just as we haven’t yet seen the full extent of the inevitable restructurings and consolidation among the smaller E&P companies. On this front, there’s another golden rule: Better to get it done sooner rather than later. To contact the author of this story: Liam Denning at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Gongloff at email@example.comThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Liam Denning is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering energy, mining and commodities. He previously was editor of the Wall Street Journal's Heard on the Street column and wrote for the Financial Times' Lex column. He was also an investment banker.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
RIYADH/DUBAI, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Saudi Aramco shares surged the maximum permitted 10% above their IPO price on their Riyadh stock market debut on Wednesday, in a move hailed by the government as a vindication of its towering $2 trillion valuation of the state oil company.
The Saudi royal family celebrated, but it is hard for investors to assess the listing. Political incentives and the stock’s small float make it hard to argue this is a natural price.
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STOCKSTOWATCHTODAY BLOG Three numbers to start your day: Goldman Sachs’ Target Price for an Ounce of Gold is $1,600 The precious metal currently trades for about 8% lower than that. The price of gold rose in the first nine months of the year—it was pushed higher by rising trade war tensions and worries about a global economic slowdown.
Few stocks have been as frustrating as Exxon Mobil (XOM). Just when you think the stock is embarking on a sustained upward move, investors turn thumbs down on the energy group, driving these shares lower, notes Chuck Carlson, dividend reinvestment specialist and editor of DRIP Investor.
Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM) got a win Tuesday in an important securities fraud lawsuit when a judge ruled the state of New York failed to prove the company tried to hide the cost of climate regulations from investors. New York State Supreme Court Justice Barry Ostrager found the plaintiffs failed to prove Exxon broke state security laws by misleading investors on the costs of meeting future climate-related regulations. The state alleged Exxon effectively kept two separate sets of records on those costs: one internal and one public.
A New York State Supreme Court judge wrote that the attorney general’s office had "failed to prove" wrongdoing.