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Exxon Mobil Corporation is an oil & gas integrated business with stocks listed in the US. Exxon Mobil shares (XOM) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was US$44.39 – a decrease of 0.74% over the previous week.

How to buy shares in Exxon Mobil

  1. Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a US company from Australia you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to US stock markets. If you're just starting out, look for a platform with low brokerage and foreign exchange fees.
  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Exxon Mobil. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: XOM. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Exxon Mobil reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of US$44.39, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Exxon Mobil, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Exxon Mobil. Optimise your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

How has coronavirus impacted Exxon Mobil's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Exxon Mobil's share price has had significant negative movement.

Its last market close was US$44.39, which is 24.93% down on its pre-crash value of US$59.13 and 47.43% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as US$30.11.

If you had bought US$1,000 worth of Exxon Mobil shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth US$517.98 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth US$731.10.

Exxon Mobil share price

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Exxon Mobil shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-09-13.
Latest market closeUSD$44.39
52-week rangeUSD$30.11 - USD$75.18
50-day moving average USD$41.5209
200-day moving average USD$43.2815
Target priceUSD$47.64
PE ratio 22.0238
Dividend yield USD$3.48 (9.41%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$1.679

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Is it a good time to buy Exxon Mobil stock?

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Exxon Mobil price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $44.39

1 week (2020-09-10) 19.97%
1 month (2020-08-20) 7.43%
3 months (2020-06-19) -3.46%
6 months (2020-03-20) 35.58%
1 year (2019-09-20) -38.42%
2 years (2018-09-20) -47.67%
3 years (2017-09-20) -44.89%
5 years (2015-09-18) -38.92%

Is Exxon Mobil under- or over-valued?

Valuing Exxon Mobil stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Exxon Mobil's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Exxon Mobil's P/E ratio

Exxon Mobil's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 22x. In other words, Exxon Mobil shares trade at around 22x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Exxon Mobil's PEG ratio

Exxon Mobil's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.9399. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Exxon Mobil's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Exxon Mobil's EBITDA

Exxon Mobil's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$23.6 billion (£18.2 billion).

The EBITDA is a measure of a Exxon Mobil's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Exxon Mobil financials

Revenue TTM US$213.9 billion
Operating margin TTM 1.76%
Gross profit TTM US$77.2 billion
Return on assets TTM 0.65%
Return on equity TTM 3.65%
Profit margin 3.35%
Book value 42.614
Market capitalisation US$156 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Exxon Mobil shares

There are currently 45.6 million Exxon Mobil shares held short by investors – that's known as Exxon Mobil's "short interest". This figure is 6% down from 48.6 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Exxon Mobil shares can be evaluated.

Exxon Mobil's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Exxon Mobil's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Exxon Mobil shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Exxon Mobil shares traded daily (recently around 21.9 million). Exxon Mobil's SIR currently stands at 2.08. In other words for every 100,000 Exxon Mobil shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2080 shares are currently held short.

However Exxon Mobil's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Exxon Mobil shares, or, against the total number of tradable Exxon Mobil shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Exxon Mobil's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Exxon Mobil shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0108% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Exxon Mobil shares, roughly 11 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Exxon Mobil.

Find out more about how you can short Exxon Mobil stock.

Exxon Mobil's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Exxon Mobil.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Exxon Mobil's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 31.73

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Exxon Mobil's overall score of 31.73 (as at 07/31/2020) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 65th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Exxon Mobil is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Exxon Mobil's environmental score

Environmental score: 12.09/100

Exxon Mobil's environmental score of 12.09 puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Exxon Mobil is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Exxon Mobil's social score

Social score: 9.41/100

Exxon Mobil's social score of 9.41 puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Exxon Mobil is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Exxon Mobil's governance score

Governance score: 7.23/100

Exxon Mobil's governance score puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Exxon Mobil is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Exxon Mobil's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Exxon Mobil scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Exxon Mobil has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Exxon Mobil Corporation was last rated for ESG on: 2020-08-01.

Total ESG score 31.73
Total ESG percentile 65.12
Environmental score 12.09
Environmental score percentile 1
Social score 9.41
Social score percentile 1
Governance score 7.23
Governance score percentile 1
Level of controversy 2

Exxon Mobil share dividends

Dividend payout ratio: 207.14% of net profits

Recently Exxon Mobil has paid out, on average, around 207.14% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 9.41% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Exxon Mobil shareholders could enjoy a 9.41% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Exxon Mobil's case, that would currently equate to about $3.48 per share.

Exxon Mobil's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.

Exxon Mobil's most recent dividend payout was on 9 September 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 11 August 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Exxon Mobil's shares ever split?

Exxon Mobil's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 18 July 2001. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Exxon Mobil shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Exxon Mobil shares which in turn could have impacted Exxon Mobil's share price.

Exxon Mobil share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Exxon Mobil's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$30.11 up to US$75.18. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

XOM.US volatility(beta: 1.26)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Exxon Mobil's is 1.262. This would suggest that Exxon Mobil's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Exxon Mobil overview

Exxon Mobil Corporation explores for and produces crude oil and natural gas in the United States, Canada/other Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia/Oceania. It operates through Upstream, Downstream, and Chemical segments. The company is also involved in the manufacture, trade, transport, and sale of crude oil, petroleum products, and other specialty products; and manufactures and markets petrochemicals, including olefins, polyolefins, aromatics, and various other petrochemicals. As of December 31, 2019, it had approximately 23,857 net operated wells with proved reserves of 22.4 billion oil-equivalent barrels. In addition, the company produces raw materials, such as polypropylene and isopropyl alcohol for medical masks, gowns, and hand sanitizer. The company was founded in 1870 and is based in Irving, Texas.

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