Exxon Mobil shares fall for a fourth straight session on Wednesday, conglomerate supports methane gas emission rules put into effect by Obama administration

December 20, 2018 7:36 am

According to a report by Reuters, citing a letter sent earlier this week by Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the oil major supports methane gas emission rules, which were put into effect by the Obama administration as a measure against climate change.

Exxon Mobil shares closed lower for a fourth consecutive trading session in New York on Wednesday. The stock went down 1.69% ($1.22) to $70.78, after touching an intraday low at $70.30, or a price level not seen since August 26th 2015 ($69.15).

Shares of Exxon Mobil Corporation have retreated 15.38% so far in 2018 compared with a 6.23% drop for the benchmark index, S&P 500 (SPX).

In 2017, Exxon Mobil’s stock went down 7.33%, thus, it again underperformed the S&P 500, which registered a 19.42% return.

“We support maintaining the key elements of the underlying regulation, such as leak detection and repair programs,” Gantt Walton, Exxon Mobil’s Vice President, said in the letter to the EPA, cited by Reuters.

According to the letter, the energy company shares the opinion that “reasonable regulations help reduce emissions”, while also supporting the usage of cleaner-burning natural gas.

In September, the Trump administration proposed relaxing rules for repairing leaks of methane gas during drilling operations, in an attempt to roll back policy followed by the administration of Barack Obama.

According to the EPA, the largest single source of methane emissions in the United States is, without doubt, the oil and gas industry.

According to CNN Money, the 21 analysts, offering 12-month forecasts regarding Exxon Mobil’s stock price, have a median target of $87.00, with a high estimate of $115.00 and a low estimate of $70.00. The median estimate represents a 22.92% upside compared to the closing price of $70.78 on December 19th.

The same media also reported that 13 out of 25 surveyed investment analysts had rated Exxon Mobil’s stock as “Hold”, while 7 – as “Buy”. On the other hand, 4 analysts had recommended selling the stock.

Weekly Pivot Levels

By using the traditional method of calculation, the weekly levels of importance for Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) are presented as follows:

Central Pivot Point – $76.19
R1 – $77.59
R2 – $79.59
R3 – $80.99
R4 – $82.38

S1 – $74.19
S2 – $72.79
S3 – $70.79
S4 – $68.78

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