4. As of noon trading, Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.A) is down $1.93 (-2.6%) to $70.79 on heavy volume Thus far, 3.0 million shares of Royal Dutch Shell exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $70.60-$71.83 after having opened the day at $71.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.72.

Royal Dutch Shell plc operates as an oil and gas company worldwide. The company explores for and extracts crude oil and natural gas. Royal Dutch Shell has a market cap of $228.0 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Dutch Shell as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Royal Dutch Shell Ratings Report now.

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