How to buy Exxon Mobil shares
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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$61.45 – an increase of 5.28% over the previous week. Here's how to invest if you're based in Australia.
How to buy shares in Exxon Mobil
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of US$61.45, 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.
- 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.
What's in this guide?
- Exxon Mobil key stats
- Compare share trading platforms
- Is Exxon Mobil stock a buy or sell?
- Exxon Mobil performance over time
- Can I short Exxon Mobil shares?
- Is Exxon Mobil suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Exxon Mobil shares over-valued?
- Exxon Mobil's financials
- How volatile are Exxon Mobil shares?
- Does Exxon Mobil pay a dividend?
- Have Exxon Mobil shares ever split?
- Other common questions
Exxon Mobil share priceUse our graph to track the performance of XOM stocks over time.
Exxon Mobil shares at a glance
|52-week range||US$29.441 - US$64.8|
|50-day moving average||US$60.4356|
|200-day moving average||US$53.1198|
|Dividend yield||US$3.48 (5.41%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||US$-4.4679|
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Is it a good time to buy Exxon Mobil stock?
The technical analysis gauge below displays real-time ratings for the timeframes you select. This is not a recommendation, however. It represents a technical analysis based on the most popular technical indicators: Moving Averages, Oscillators and Pivots. Finder might not concur and takes no responsibility.
Exxon Mobil price performance over time
|1 week (2021-06-15)||-4.48%|
|1 month (2021-05-21)||4.29%|
|3 months (2021-03-22)||9.91%|
|6 months (2020-12-22)||49.01%|
|1 year (2020-06-22)||32.38%|
|2 years (2019-06-21)||-20.90%|
|3 years (2018-06-22)||-24.49%|
|5 years (2016-06-22)||-32.60%|
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 57x. In other words, Exxon Mobil shares trade at around 57x recent earnings.
That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-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 2.5238. 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$17.9 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$182.1 billion|
|Gross profit TTM||US$57.2 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||-0.03%|
|Return on equity TTM||-1128.14%|
|Market capitalisation||US$272.3 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Shorting Exxon Mobil shares
There are currently 39.5 million Exxon Mobil shares held short by investors – that's known as Exxon Mobil's "short interest". This figure is 12.4% down from 45.1 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 25.6 million). Exxon Mobil's SIR currently stands at 1.54. In other words for every 100,000 Exxon Mobil shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1540 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 0.0094% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Exxon Mobil shares, roughly 9 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: 31.83
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Exxon Mobil's overall score of 31.83 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 64th 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: 12.19/100
Exxon Mobil's environmental score of 12.19 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
|Total ESG score||31.83|
|Total ESG percentile||63.58|
|Environmental score percentile||1|
|Social score percentile||1|
|Governance score percentile||1|
|Level of controversy||2|
Exxon Mobil share dividends
We're not expecting Exxon Mobil to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.
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$29.441 up to US$64.8. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
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 1.4071. 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 and internationally. It operates through Upstream, Downstream, and Chemical segments. The company is also involved in the manufacture, trade, transport, and sale of crude oil, natural gas, petroleum products, petrochemicals, and other specialty products; and manufactures and sells petrochemicals, including olefins, polyolefins, aromatics, and various other petrochemicals. As of December 31, 2020, it had approximately 22,239 net operated wells with proved reserves. The company was founded in 1870 and is based in Irving, Texas.
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