Exxon Mobil Corporation Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (XOM)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of A . The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and increase in stock price during the past year. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry average. The net income increased by 5.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $9,400.00 million to $9,950.00 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 93.97% to $20,854.00 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, EXXON MOBIL CORP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 19.00%.
  • Despite the stagnant revenue growth, the company outperformed against the industry average of 3.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues have remained constant. The stagnant revenue growth has not kept the company from increasing earnings per share.
  • EXXON MOBIL CORP has improved earnings per share by 11.7% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. However, we anticipate underperformance relative to this pattern in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, EXXON MOBIL CORP increased its bottom line by earning $9.70 versus $8.42 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 18.9% in earnings ($7.87 versus $9.70).
  • In its most recent trading session, XOM has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.

Exxon Mobil Corporation engages in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas, and manufacture of petroleum products, as well as transportation and sale of crude oil, natural gas, and petroleum products. Exxon Mobil has a market cap of $404.28 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

You can view the full Exxon Mobil Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.

--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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