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Refinery outages: Big oil leaves analysts fuming

The misses took the shine off share-buyback announcements for Shell and Chevron

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Darren Woods, Chairman & CEO of Exxon Mobil Corporation. Photo: Reuters

Kevin Crowley | Bloomberg
Darren Woods, Ben van Beurden and Mike Wirth, three of the world’s most powerful oil executives, forged their reputations by efficiently managing razor-thin margins at their companies’ refineries.

You wouldn’t know it, though, given their latest earnings results.

Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell and Chevron, the companies they lead, all missed earnings estimates due to issues with their downstream units. At a time when dedicated refiners such as Phillips 66 and Valero Energy have become the rock stars of the earnings season, the integrated oil majors are struggling to meet optimistic estimates largely based on rising crude prices.

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First Published: Jul 28 2018 | 10:34 PM IST

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