doubled its profit in the fourth quarter, thanks to high oil and gasoline prices.
The Houston-based energy company had net income of $2.43 billion, or $3.44 a share, compared with $1.02 billion, or $1,48 a share, for the same quarter in 2003. Revenue jumped to $40.1 billion from $26.0 billion in the year-ago period.
Income from continuing operations was $2.48 billion, or $3.51 a share, compared with $985 million, or $1.43 a share, in the year-ago period.
Analysts expected the company to earn $3.07 a share, according to Thomson First Call.
Crude oil prices hit record levels throughout October, before beginning a sizable correction in November. The benchmark crude futures contract peaked at $55 a barrel at the end of October.
Exploration and production income from continuing operations was $1.67 billion, up from $991 million in the fourth quarter of 2003.
On that basis, refining and marketing income more than tripled to $753 million from $202 million in the year-ago period.
The quarter's net income included $74 million, or 10 cents a share, from the company's 10% equity stake in the Russian oil giant
Shares rose $1.10, or 1.2%, to $90.00 in premarket trading.