Exxon Mobil Co. (NYSE:XOM) saw a significant increase in short interest in the month of July. As of July 15th, there was short interest totalling 35,599,300 shares, an increase of 7.5% from the June 15th total of 33,101,800 shares. Currently, 0.8% of the company’s shares are short sold. Based on an average daily volume of 10,570,000 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 3.4 days.

A number of equities analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Berenberg Bank set a €23.50 ($27.33) target price on shares of Rhoen Klinikum and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Thursday, April 11th. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $2.50 price target on shares of in a research note on Thursday, July 18th. Credit Suisse Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of STMicroelectronics in a research note on Tuesday, July 2nd. Tudor Pickering assumed coverage on shares of Exxon Mobil in a research note on Monday, April 8th. They issued a “hold” rating and a $82.49 price target for the company. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $80.00 price target on shares of Exxon Mobil in a research note on Monday, April 29th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have given a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $83.86.

Exxon Mobil stock traded down $0.09 during midday trading on Tuesday, hitting $75.25. 709,859 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 7,988,067. Exxon Mobil has a 52-week low of $64.65 and a 52-week high of $87.36. The company has a market capitalization of $318.66 billion, a PE ratio of 15.26, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.95 and a beta of 0.97. The stock’s 50-day simple moving average is $75.91. The company has a quick ratio of 0.50, a current ratio of 0.77 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.10.

Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) last released its quarterly earnings results on Friday, April 26th. The oil and gas company reported $0.55 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.75 by ($0.20). Exxon Mobil had a return on equity of 9.63% and a net margin of 6.49%. The firm had revenue of $63.63 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $67.35 billion. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $1.09 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 6.7% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, analysts predict that Exxon Mobil will post 3.5 EPS for the current year.

In related news, VP Bryan W. Milton sold 6,033 shares of Exxon Mobil stock in a transaction on Wednesday, May 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $76.34, for a total transaction of $460,559.22. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now owns 219,423 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $16,750,751.82. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. 0.05% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

A number of institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Massey Quick Simon & CO. LLC boosted its stake in Exxon Mobil by 625.3% in the fourth quarter. Massey Quick Simon & CO. LLC now owns 544 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock valued at $37,000 after acquiring an additional 469 shares during the last quarter. Asset Planning Services Ltd. raised its position in shares of Exxon Mobil by 1,984.0% in the second quarter. Asset Planning Services Ltd. now owns 521 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock valued at $40,000 after purchasing an additional 496 shares during the period. INR Advisory Services LLC bought a new stake in shares of Exxon Mobil in the fourth quarter valued at approximately $43,000. Evolution Wealth Advisors LLC bought a new stake in shares of Exxon Mobil in the second quarter valued at approximately $45,000. Finally, Interactive Financial Advisors bought a new stake in shares of Exxon Mobil in the first quarter valued at approximately $65,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 54.52% of the company’s stock.

About Exxon Mobil

Exxon Mobil Corporation explores for and produces crude oil and natural gas in the United States, Canada/Other Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia/Oceania. It operates through Upstream, Downstream, and Chemical segments. The company is also involved in the manufacture, trade, transport, and sale of crude oil, petroleum products, and other specialty products; and manufactures and markets petrochemicals, including olefins, polyolefins, aromatics, and various other petrochemicals.

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