XOM - Exxon Mobil Corporation

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
46.28
+0.81 (+1.78%)
At close: 4:00PM EDT

46.24 -0.04 (-0.09%)
After hours: 6:53PM EDT

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Previous Close45.47
Open44.82
Bid46.24 x 1300
Ask46.33 x 3100
Day's Range44.80 - 46.45
52 Week Range30.11 - 77.93
Volume18,264,178
Avg. Volume38,730,355
Market Cap195.784B
Beta (5Y Monthly)1.36
PE Ratio (TTM)17.37
EPS (TTM)2.66
Earnings DateJul 31, 2020 - Aug 04, 2020
Forward Dividend & Yield3.48 (7.65%)
Ex-Dividend DateMay 12, 2020
1y Target Est47.27
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What about if airlines are required to enact strict social distancing protocols?And then there is the question of what demand will be for taking a cruise. All of these questions will have a profound effect on the direction of oil prices. And the futures market is saying not so fast. At the time of this writing, the highest price for crude on the futures market is the March 2021 contract which is currently at $35.93. The Bottom Line: It Costs Too Much to Get XOM WrongAt times investing can be very simple. In the case of Exxon Mobil stock, the fundamental question is, what is the cost of being wrong? Exxon recently froze its dividend. That in itself is not the problem. It's a prudent move in uncertain times. However, Exxon is borrowing money to pay for the existing dividend. That rarely works out well. 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