How Will Exxon Mobil (XOM) Stock Be Affected By Reduction of Russian Arctic Drilling?

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Exxon Mobil (XOM)  closed up 0.53% to $97.12 after the oil and natural gas company announced the winding down of its $700 million exploration well in Russia's Kara Sea, the first sign Western sanctions are interfering with its plans to explore for oil and gas in the Arctic Ocean, The New York Times reports.

The suspension came about just days after sanctions by Washington and the European Union that ordered the company to cut off help to Russian oil exploration the Arctic, as well as in deep water and shale fields.

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Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates EXXON MOBIL CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate EXXON MOBIL CORP (XOM) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • XOM's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 3.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.9%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly outperformed against the S&P 500 and exceeded that of the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry average. The net income increased by 28.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $6,860.00 million to $8,780.00 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $10,202.00 million or 32.78% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -5.00%.
  • XOM's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.12 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Despite the fact that XOM's debt-to-equity ratio is low, the quick ratio, which is currently 0.58, displays a potential problem in covering short-term cash needs.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: XOM Ratings Report
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