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How to buy Exxon Mobil (XOM) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Exxon Mobil shares.

Exxon Mobil Corporation is an oil & gas integrated business based in the US. Exxon Mobil shares (XOM) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Exxon Mobil employs 72,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$215.9 billion.

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How has Coronavirus impacted Exxon Mobil's stock price?

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

Its last market close was $62.69, which is 5.68% up on its pre-crash value of $59.13 and 108.20% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the stocks fell as low as $30.11.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of Exxon Mobil stocks at the start of February 2020, those stocks would have been worth $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 $1,032.50.

Is it a good time to buy Exxon Mobil stock?

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Exxon Mobil shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-10-16.
Latest market close$62.69
52-week range$29.00 - $63.96
50-day moving average $57.41
200-day moving average $58.52
Wall St. target price$66.69
PE ratio N/A
Dividend yield $3.48 (5.61%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $-3.12

Exxon Mobil stock price (NYSE: XOM)

Use our graph to track the performance of XOM stocks over time.

Exxon Mobil price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $62.69 from 2021-10-21

1 week (2021-10-14) 1.11%
1 month (2021-09-21) 16.87%
3 months (2021-07-23) 9.91%
6 months (2021-04-23) 12.81%
1 year (2020-10-22) 79.83%
2 years (2019-10-22) -9.26%
3 years (2018-10-22) 81.15
5 years (2016-10-21) 86.62

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 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 $24.4 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 $215.9 billion
Operating margin TTM 2.94%
Gross profit TTM $57.2 billion
Return on assets TTM 1.13%
Return on equity TTM -7.79%
Profit margin -6.18%
Book value $37.46
Market capitalisation $265 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Exxon Mobil shares

There are currently 42.5 million Exxon Mobil shares held short by investors – that's known as Exxon Mobil's "short interest". This figure is 3.2% up from 41.2 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 22.7 million). Exxon Mobil's SIR currently stands at 1.87. In other words for every 100,000 Exxon Mobil shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1870 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 0.0101% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Exxon Mobil shares, roughly 10 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.

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.

Exxon Mobil share dividends

2%

Dividend payout ratio: 2.18% of net profits

Recently Exxon Mobil has paid out, on average, around 2.18% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 5.61% 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 5.61% 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.

While Exxon Mobil's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Exxon Mobil is investing more in its future growth.

Exxon Mobil's most recent dividend payout was on 9 September 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 11 August 2021 (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 $29.002 up to $63.9569. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

XOM.US volatility(beta: 1.33)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 1.3323. 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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