Exxon with help from the Bush administration in the form of tax breaks, subsidies, wars, and who knows what else, racked up record profits. This as they are responsible for the release of greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to anthropogenic global warming. They're busy polluting the world as they stuff their pockets and those of their political friends. I've got an idea, lets trust them to drill in ANWR.
http://money.cnn.com/2008/02/01/news/companies/exxon_earnings/index.htm?cnn=yesExxon shatters profit records
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Exxon Mobil made history on Friday by reporting the highest quarterly and annual profits ever for a U.S. company.
Exxon (XOM, Fortune 500) shares gained nearly 2% in pre-market trading on the results, which were underpinned by soaring crude prices.
Exxon, the world's largest publicly traded oil company, said fourth-quarter net income rose 14% to $11.66 billion, or $2.13 per share. That's up from $10.25 billion, or $1.76 per share, in the year-ago period.
That tops Exxon's previous quarterly profit record of $10.7 billion, set in the fourth quarter of 2005, which also was a record for any U.S. corporation.
Exxon also set an annual profit record by earning $40.61 billion last year, or nearly $1,300 per second.
The company's full-year results exceeded its previous record of $39.5 billion in 2006.
In the fourth quarter, revenue rose 29.5% from a year ago to $116.64 billion.
Analysts were looking for the company to report quarterly profit of $10.36 billion on revenue of $114.9 billion, according to earnings tracker Thomson Financial.
Exxon's earnings are sure to draw fire from consumer rights groups, who contend the oil industry is deliberately restricting supply and profiting on the back of U.S. motorists. They have previously called for a windfall profit tax on oil firms, and have proposed breaking up the big oil companies created during the 1990s merger wave.