News headlines about Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Exxon Mobil earned a news sentiment score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the oil and gas company an impact score of 47.1336167912502 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:

Shares of Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) traded up $0.64 during trading hours on Monday, hitting $76.42. The stock had a trading volume of 19,338,696 shares, compared to its average volume of 14,720,000. The company has a market capitalization of $323,800.00, a P/E ratio of 16.51, a P/E/G ratio of 1.02 and a beta of 0.82. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.13, a quick ratio of 0.54 and a current ratio of 0.85. Exxon Mobil has a 1 year low of $73.90 and a 1 year high of $89.30.

Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Friday, February 2nd. The oil and gas company reported $0.88 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.06 by ($0.18). The business had revenue of $66.52 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $74.41 billion. Exxon Mobil had a net margin of 7.61% and a return on equity of 8.09%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 9.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.41 earnings per share. sell-side analysts expect that Exxon Mobil will post 4.85 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 9th. Stockholders of record on Monday, February 12th will be issued a dividend of $0.77 per share. This represents a $3.08 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 4.03%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, February 9th. Exxon Mobil’s payout ratio is currently 66.52%.

Several research firms have commented on XOM. Vetr raised Exxon Mobil from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $87.50 target price on the stock in a report on Monday, February 5th. Barclays downgraded Exxon Mobil from an “overweight” rating to an “underweight” rating and dropped their target price for the stock from $91.00 to $84.00 in a report on Tuesday, February 6th. Piper Jaffray Companies reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $83.00 target price on shares of Exxon Mobil in a report on Monday, February 5th. Jefferies Group reissued a “neutral” rating and issued a $87.00 target price on shares of Exxon Mobil in a report on Monday, February 5th. Finally, Morgan Stanley set a $85.00 target price on Exxon Mobil and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 17th. Seven analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have issued a hold rating, six have assigned a buy rating and two have given a strong buy rating to the stock. Exxon Mobil currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $87.42.

In related news, VP Robert N. Schleckser sold 5,601 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, December 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $83.93, for a total transaction of $470,091.93. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 187,663 shares in the company, valued at $15,750,555.59. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, VP Robert N. Schleckser sold 4,877 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, December 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $83.37, for a total value of $406,595.49. Following the sale, the vice president now owns 187,663 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $15,645,464.31. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders have sold 51,357 shares of company stock worth $4,273,910. Corporate insiders own 0.08% of the company’s stock.

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Exxon Mobil Company Profile

Exxon Mobil Corporation is engaged in energy business. The Company is engaged in the exploration, production, transportation and sale of crude oil and natural gas, and the manufacture, transportation and sale of petroleum products. The Company also manufactures and markets commodity petrochemicals, including olefins, aromatics, polyethylene and polypropylene plastics, and a range of specialty products.

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