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Evacuations urged in Ohio town as train wreck smolders
How will EU ban and West's price cap on Russian diesel work?
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It wasn’t me: Ex-UK PM Truss blames 'system' for her failure
'Knock at the Cabin' knocks off 'Avatar' at the box office
S&P 500   3,852.36
DOW   32,920.46
QQQ   306.18
Europe bans Russian diesel, other oil products over Ukraine
Cash Holders STILL Aren't Taking Steps to Prepare (Ad)
Route to Super Bowl dangerous for Mexico's avocado haulers
Biden's State of the Union to tout policy wins on economy
Cash Holders STILL Aren't Taking Steps to Prepare (Ad)
Evacuations urged in Ohio town as train wreck smolders
How will EU ban and West's price cap on Russian diesel work?
Cash Holders STILL Aren't Taking Steps to Prepare (Ad)
It wasn’t me: Ex-UK PM Truss blames 'system' for her failure
'Knock at the Cabin' knocks off 'Avatar' at the box office
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DOW   32,920.46
QQQ   306.18
Europe bans Russian diesel, other oil products over Ukraine
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Route to Super Bowl dangerous for Mexico's avocado haulers
Biden's State of the Union to tout policy wins on economy
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How will EU ban and West's price cap on Russian diesel work?
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Exxon Mobil Stock: Within Striking Distance Of Buy Point

Key Points

  • Exxon Mobil shares regained their 50-day moving average on January 10, and are now 2.4% below their November high of $114.66.
  • It expects full-year earnings to come in between $21 billion and $24 billion. Wall Street is eyeing earnings of $13.91 per share for 2022, which it reports on January 31.
  • The company recently said it intends to double its earnings and free cash flow growth by 2027.
  • Analysts expect an increase in the need for oil, due to China's reopening and high demand for air travel. 
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Exxon Mobil: Within Striking Distance Of Buy Point From Cup Base

Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM) is within striking range of clearing a cup-shaped base that the stock began forming in mid-November. 

This, along with its oil-and-gas industry peers, was part of last year’s rally that made energy the only winning sector last year. 

Exxon Mobil’s one-year return is 56.21%. As stellar as that was, sector peer Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: OXY) notched an even better performance, with a one-year gain of 80.24%. 

The rally in the entire sector fizzled toward the end of the year. The sector, as tracked by the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSEARCA: XLE), began retreating at around the same time as Exxon Mobil. As the largest component within the sector, weighing in at 22.76%, Exxon Mobil has an outsized effect on broad sector direction.

You could say the same about Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX), which at 19.62% of sector weighting, also has a say in broad performance. 

Exxon Mobil shares regained their 50-day moving average on January 10 and are now 2.4% below their November high of $114.66. At this juncture, $114.66 could represent a potential buy point. 

Tied To Commodity Prices, Global Demand 

The fortunes of oil-and-gas companies are inextricably linked to factors out of their control, namely commodity prices and global demand. On the former point, oil stocks staged enormous rallies last year on rising prices. In the past six quarters, earnings grew at triple- or even quadruple-digit rates. In the past three quarters, the average earnings growth rate clocked in at 226%, not something you see outside the world of young, glamorous tech stocks.

When it reported third-quarter earnings, Exxon Mobil said it expects full-year earnings to come in between $21 billion and $24 billion. Wall Street is eyeing earnings of $13.91 per share for 2022. 

The company is due to report its fourth-quarter and full-year results on January 31, before the opening bell. Analysts expect $3.20 per share on revenue of $105.64 billion. Those would mark increases of 56% and 24%, respectively. 

Exxon Mobil: Within Striking Distance Of Buy Point From Cup Base

The company recently said it intends to double its earnings and free cash flow growth by 2027


In December, Exxon Mobil said it would use excess free cash flow to return $50 billion to shareholders through 2024. While returning capital to shareholders, whether through buybacks or dividends, sounds great if you’re an owner, there’s a risk for a capital-intensive industry like energy.

Exxon Mobil and the industry at large enjoyed a cyclical boom; if a recession puts a damper on that, the company may need to increase borrowing to finance new capital projects. That would put a dent in operational efficiencies.

Long History Of Dividend Increases

Like many other well-established mega-caps, Exxon Mobil also uses dividends as a way of rewarding shareholders. Its dividend payments to shareholders increased at an average annual rate of 5.9% over the past 40 years.

MarketBeat dividend data show a yield of 3.25%, and a dividend payout ratio of 29.71%.

Oil prices have been rising this month, pegged to two major developments: The reopening of China’s economy and increased demand for air travel. Some analysts and energy executives predict that higher demand could lead to oil shortages. While that would indeed be a bad development for consumers and industrial users, it would likely be a boon for oil prices and stocks of oil-industry companies. 

West Texas Intermediate rose as high as $81.39 intraday Thursday, its highest level in more than two weeks. 

Exxon Mobil is investing in more projects to meet future demand. In December, the company said its 2023 investments “are expected to be $23 billion to $25 billion to help increase supply to meet global demand.”

It also said, “More than 70% of capital investments will be deployed in strategic developments in the U.S. Permian Basin, Guyana, Brazil, and LNG projects around the world.”

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Companies Mentioned in This Article

CompanyMarketRank™Current PricePrice ChangeDividend YieldP/E RatioConsensus RatingConsensus Price Target
Exxon Mobil (XOM)
2.3741 of 5 stars
$111.92+0.7%3.25%8.44Moderate Buy$117.96
Occidental Petroleum (OXY)
2.3126 of 5 stars
$61.24-2.0%0.85%5.10Hold$76.18
Chevron (CVX)
2.8105 of 5 stars
$169.45+0.3%3.35%9.27Hold$187.10
Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLE)N/A$85.96-0.2%3.75%N/AN/AN/A
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Kate Stalter

About Kate Stalter

Contributing Author: Retirement, Asset Allocation, and Tax Strategies

Kate Stalter is a Series 65-licensed asset manager, with more than two decades of experience in various areas of financial services. As an investment advisor and financial planner, Kate personally manages client portfolios, with a focus on successful retirement, including asset allocation, income generation and tax strategies. Kate also serves as a capital-markets contributor at Forbes.com, and is an expert columnist for the investment advisory channel at U.S. News & World Report.
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