What Exxon's Earnings Mean For Mutual Fund Investors (XOM)

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What Exxon's Earnings Mean For Mutual Fund Investors (XOM)

Shauna O'Brien Feb 02, 2015

Before the opening bell on Monday, Exxon released its fourth quarter financial results. Here’s what the results mean for mutual fund investors.

Inside XOM’s Earnings

Earnings

Exxon reported earnings of $6.57 billion, or $1.56 per share, down from $8.35 billion, or $1.91 per share, last year. On average, analysts expected to see EPS of $1.34.

Revenue
Revenue fell to $87.28 billion from last year’s $110.86 billion. Analysts expected to see revenue of $87.58 billion.


Energy Stocks Remain Risky

While Exxon posted a significant drop in revenue, its report was not a surprise for investors. Going forward, the spotlight will be on the recovery of the energy sector. Wall Street will be watching companies like Exxon to to determine if they are seeing V-shape or U-shape recovery.

While Exxon has a decent dividend yield around 3%, there is still a high amount of risk for the stock as estimates could continue to be trimmed. Investors may consider avoiding the energy battle and look elsewhere rather than investing in the embattled energy space.


Mutual Funds to Watch

Investors interested in Exxon may also consider a mutual fund as an alternative to owning the individual stock. The funds below currently hold the largest stakes in XOM.

The Bottom Line

The funds above are a great way for investors to gain exposure to a diverse bundle of securities and industries. Investors interested in XOM may also be interested in Chevron (CVX) or BP (BP).

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