Occidental Petroleum (NYSE: OXY) is one of 252 public companies in the “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Occidental Petroleum to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Occidental Petroleum and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Occidental Petroleum 4.24% 3.64% 1.25%
Occidental Petroleum Competitors -438.71% -2.18% 3.44%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Occidental Petroleum and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Occidental Petroleum 2 10 6 0 2.22
Occidental Petroleum Competitors 1566 8076 13039 285 2.52

Occidental Petroleum currently has a consensus target price of $66.07, suggesting a potential downside of 3.09%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies have a potential upside of 30.49%. Given Occidental Petroleum’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Occidental Petroleum has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Occidental Petroleum and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Occidental Petroleum $10.40 billion -$574.00 million 97.39
Occidental Petroleum Competitors $2.23 billion -$474.05 million 14.17

Occidental Petroleum has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its rivals. Occidental Petroleum is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

80.3% of Occidental Petroleum shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.5% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.3% of Occidental Petroleum shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.7% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Occidental Petroleum has a beta of 0.63, suggesting that its share price is 37% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Occidental Petroleum’s rivals have a beta of 1.30, suggesting that their average share price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Occidental Petroleum pays an annual dividend of $3.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.5%. Occidental Petroleum pays out 440.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.6% and pay out 451.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Occidental Petroleum has increased its dividend for 14 consecutive years. Occidental Petroleum is clearly a better dividend stock than its rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Summary

Occidental Petroleum rivals beat Occidental Petroleum on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Occidental Petroleum Company Profile

Occidental Petroleum Corporation (Occidental) is an oil and gas exploration and production company. The Company operates through three segments: oil and gas, chemical (OxyChem), and midstream and marketing. The oil and gas segment explores for, develops and produces oil and condensate, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and natural gas. The OxyChem segment manufactures and markets basic chemicals and vinyls. The midstream and marketing segment gathers, processes, transports, stores, purchases and markets oil, condensate, NGLs, natural gas, carbon dioxide (CO2) and power. The Company also trades around its assets, including transportation and storage capacity. Additionally, the midstream and marketing segment invests in entities that conduct similar activities. Occidental’s domestic upstream oil and gas operations are located in New Mexico and Texas. Its international operations are located in Bolivia, Colombia, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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