XOM - Exxon Mobil Corporation

NYSE - Nasdaq Real Time Price. Currency in USD
78.32
+0.61 (+0.79%)
As of 3:42PM EST. Market open.
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Previous Close77.71
Open77.56
Bid78.330 x 800
Ask78.340 x 2200
Day's Range77.47 - 78.48
52 Week Range64.65 - 87.36
Volume9,832,646
Avg. Volume14,870,459
Market Cap331.863B
Beta (3Y Monthly)0.98
PE Ratio (TTM)16.05
EPS (TTM)4.880
Earnings DateApr 25, 2019 - Apr 29, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield3.28 (4.30%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-02-08
1y Target Est84.19
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It seems odd that someone who worked for a company that directly benefited from the rule change -- higher prices equals higher commissions -- would be in charge of the agency created to protect investors. In hindsight, it seems like a massive conflict of interest… but I digress.The reality is that stock buybacks have helped the wealthiest 1% get even richer over the past 36 years. In 1982, according to the Economic Policy Institute, the average CEO earned 50 times the average production worker. Today, the CEO Pay Ratio's increased to 144 times the average worker with most of the gains a result of stock options and awards. Suggesting stock buybacks ought to be illegal isn't a crazy notion. Here are seven reasons why: Stock Buybacks Reward a Lack of Creativity and InnovationBy mid-December of 2018 -- following the corporate tax cut that was supposed to help the middle class -- America's public companies had announced $1.1 trillion in stock buybacks with $800 billion already repurchased with only two weeks left in 2018. A record year by any standard. On the one hand, buybacks of this size make sense in a year that saw many stocks lose ground. On the other, 2018 was the first year of negative returns for the S&P 500 since 2008, making the latest bull market one of the longest in history. In the eyes of many, stocks are overvalued, despite their retreat in 2018.Companies like Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) ought to have better things to do with their cash than buying back billions of dollars in stock ($22.8 billion in Q1 2018 alone). It stifles creativity and innovation, something Apple's going to need if it wants to keep growing. 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As a writer, I'd love to be able to get paid X dollars to write this article today, X dollars plus next year, and X dollars plus, plus, the year after that. It is not going to happen. But it happens every day for CEOs. Is it any wonder why they love stock buybacks?Let's take Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) for example.In fiscal 2018, it repurchased 279 million shares of its stock for $22.6 billion. That alone would have a material effect on earnings per share, which is a significant factor in Qualcomm's annual cash incentive plan, as well as a considerable influence on both its performance stock unit and restricted stock unit awards. In fiscal 2018, CEO Steve Mollenkopf received total compensation of $20.0 million. The year before that it was $11.6 million and $11.1 million in fiscal 2016. Of Mollenkopf's total compensation, 86% was EPS-related to one extent or another. Do you think he's got an incentive to repurchase Qualcomm shares? I sure do. 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