Why Exxon Mobil (XOM) Stock Is Up Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) are up 1.40% to $95.47 after reports that te company and Rosneft, an oil company majority owned by the Russian government, struck oil at their joint well in the Arctic, according to the Financial Times

That follows Exxon's announcement last week that it would gradually slow drilling at the $700 million well.

"The discovery of 'liquids' -- industry terminology for oil and condensed gas -- is positive since there had been concerns that the drilling campaign may have hit only natural gas, a far less profitable find," the Times said.

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The American multinational oil and gas corporation has a strategic alliance with Rosneft valued at more than $3.2 billion.

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 3.1%. 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 -5.24%.
  • 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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