Why Analysts Hold a Mixed Opinion of ExxonMobil
Analyst ratings for XOM
ExxonMobil (XOM) stock is covered by 22 Wall Street analysts, six (or 27.0%) of whom have assigned a “buy” or “strong buy” recommendation on the stock. Thirteen analysts (or 59.0%) assigned “hold” ratings on the stock. Three analysts (or 14.0%) assigned a “sell” or “strong sell” rating on the stock. ExxonMobil’s mean target price of $86.00 per share implies a 7.0% gain from the current level.
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Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A), Chevron (CVX), and BP (BP) have been rated by 91.0%, 77.0%, and 50.0% of analysts, respectively, as a “buy.” Global players Total (TOT), Suncor Energy (SU), Petrobras (PBR), and YPF (YPF) have been rated as a “buy” by 33.0%, 100.0%, 57.0%, and 92.0% of analysts, respectively.
Why analysts hold a mixed opinion of ExxonMobil
ExxonMobil (XOM) is focused on strengthening its integrated growth model. The company expects to achieve segmental synergies as well as growth. XOM’s Upstream segment, which is spread globally, has growth projects to augment its operations. The company’s Downstream segment has numerous brownfield and greenfield projects that are expected to come online in a few years. We’ll discuss XOM’s upstream and downstream growth plans in the next two parts.
Plus, XOM’s financial position is stronger than its peers, with the strongest class debt ratio and the highest cash flow surplus. With the rise in oil prices, XOM’s latest earnings have also improved.
Presumably due to its growth plans plus robust financials, ExxonMobil stock trades at higher valuations. Perhaps due to its high valuations, the company has high “hold” and “sell” ratings. Please move to the next part to understand XOM’s growth plans.