Friday, 1 August 2008

The New World Order GANG!!!

Cary G Dean.

While people stand in line for free food!!!!

Exxon posts record $11.68 billion profitWorld's largest publicly traded oil firmmakes $1,485.55 a second in thequarter, but misses forecasts.

NEW YORK ( -- Exxon Mobil once again reported the largest quarterly profit in U.S. history Thursday, posting net income of $11.68 billion on revenue of $138 billion in the second quarter.

That profit works out to $1,485.55 a second.

That barely beat the previous corporate record of $11.66 billion, also set by Exxon in the fourth quarter of 2007.

But Exxon (XOM,
Fortune 500)
Profit fell short of Wall Street estimates.

Analysts predicted the company, the world's largest publicly traded oil firm, would make $12.1 billion in profit on $144.4 billion in revenue, according to Thomson Reuters.

Exxon shares fell about 2% in early trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

Excluding money set aside for a recent damage award related to the Valdez tanker spill back in 1989.
Exxon made $11.97 billion in the quarter.

Pricey oil cuts both ways

Exxon was both helped and hurt by high oil prices.

As an oil producer, the company makes a lot of money when crude prices rise. Exxon made $10 billion from selling oil in the latest quarter, up nearly 70%.

But as a refiner, it must also buy crude oil to turn into gasoline. Exxon actually buys more crude than it sells.

Profits from its refining business totaled $1.6 billion in the quarter, less than half of what they were last year.

"Record crude oil and natural gas realizations were partly offset by lower refining and chemical margins, lower production volumes and higher operating costs,"

Exxon said in a statement.

While oil prices in the quarter were nearly twice as high as the same time last year, gasoline prices only rose about 30%.

( Oh!! Poor Little Lamb's )

That's one reason why the stock of major oil companies - such as Exxon,
Chevron (CVX,
Fortune 500),
Royal Dutch Shell
and BP (BP)

That both produce and refine crude has been relatively flat over the last year, despite the runup in oil prices.

Meanwhile, shares of companies that mostly produce oil, like Anadarko and Apache, have soared in the last year.

While shares in refiners like Valero
and Sunoco have tumbled.

( Get Your Violin's Out Folk's )

Where the money goes

Exxon spent $7 billion in the second quarter finding and producing more new oil, up 38% from last year.

Still, oil and natural gas production from the
company fell 8%. Even excluding special events such as a labor strike in Nigeria and seizure of fields in Venezuela, production slipped 3%.

( Please Someone give me a Box of Tissues )

The company returned $10.1 billion to shareholders in the form of dividends and stock buybacks, 12% more than last year.

On an earnings-per-share basis, Exxon made $2.22. That was still lower than analysts had expected, but 24% higher than last year, a gain Exxon attributed to its aggressive stock buyback plan.

The big international oil companies have been criticized for plowing much of their profits back into stock buybacks and other programs to benefit shareholders, as opposed to exploring for more oil which could bring down the price of crude for everyone.

"While oil companies are earning record profits and gas prices are soaring, the largest oil companies have invested more resources in stock buybacks than U.S. production," said Congressional Democrats in a press release shortly after Exxon announced its earnings.

Other critics charge the oil companies with deliberately restricting production in an attempt to keep prices high.

( WOW!! You Don't Say )

The industry says it's investing as much as it can in finding new oil, but is having a hard time given the shortage of workers and equipment in the sector.

Efforts by countries such as Russia, Venezuela and Kazakhstan to gain greater control of their own domestic oil resources Have also hampered the ability of international oil companies to increase production.

In addition to making hefty profits, Exxon also had a hefty tax bill.

Worldwide, the company paid $10.5 billion in income taxes in the second
quarter, $9.5 billion in sales taxes, and over $12 billion in what it called "other taxes."

( Is That All )

Political backlash

With Americans paying nearly $4 a gallon for gas, oil company earnings have been political fodder of late.

( That's Peanut's, in England We'r Paying $10 gallon!! )

Congressional Democrats said they are having a conference later in the day to call for an end to tax breaks for big oil firms.

( Don't hold your Breath Folk's )

Several bills have been introduced in Congress to enact a "windfall" profits tax on these earnings, or at the very least eliminate manufacturing tax exemption oil companies now enjoy.

Presumptive Democratic presidential
nominee Barack Obama wants to tax oil companies at a special rate every time crude goes over $80 a barrel.

( Another caring Sharing Pres )

Most plans would either use this newfound tax money to fund investments in renewable energy.

Or give it to low income Americans struggling with high
energy prices.

( Like The Bush Family? )

But so far those efforts have been blocked - mainly by Republicans - who say raising taxes on oil companies will only discourage investments in finding new oil and raise the price of crude.

"A great industrial Nation is controlled by it's system of credit.
Our system of credit is concentrated.
The growth of the Nation and all of our activities are in the hands of a FEW men.

We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely CONTROLLED and dominated governments in the World.

No longer a government of free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of SMALL groups of dominant men."

President Woodrow Wilson, "Campaign Speeches," 1912 ?

( That's the year the Bloody Titanic Sunk,
Theres nothing new under the Sun Folks )

Update: Aug 1st : 2008.
It Dosen't get any better for them than this.

What A Wonderful thing to Be a Part of The.


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