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Old 04-30-2008, 05:31 PM
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Record oil boosts profits for BP, Royal Dutch Shell

By JANE WARDELL

The Associated Press




Europe’s two biggest oil producers, BP and Royal Dutch Shell, posted combined profits of $17 billion for the first quarter as oil prices surged to a record. Britain’s prime minister said some of those profits should be reinvested.


LONDON | BP PLC and Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Europe’s two biggest oil producers, posted forecast-busting first-quarter earnings on Tuesday, thanks to record crude oil prices.
The combined profits of $17 billion reignited calls for a windfall tax on oil profits as consumers struggle to pay for food and fuel.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown suggested that some of those profits should be reinvested in costly exploration for new oil reserves in the North Sea.
BP posted a 63 percent surge in first-quarter net profit to $7.6 billion (4.9 billion euros), while Shell reported a 25 percent rise, to a record $9.08 billion (5.81 billion euros).
Revenue at BP jumped 44 percent to $89.2 billion (57.1 billion euros), while sales at Shell soared 55 percent to $114 billion (72.95 billion euros).
Last week, ConocoPhillips reported a 16 percent rise in net income to $4.14 billion. Like BP and Shell, the third-biggest U.S. producer far outpaced industry expectations.
More big profits are expected from the biggest two U.S. companies, Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp., when they report first-quarter earnings later this week.
But because crude prices grew more quickly than prices for gasoline and other refined products, first-quarter profits tumbled 77 percent at Valero Energy Corp., North America’s largest refiner.
The San Antonio-based company said it earned $261 million, or 48 cents per share, in the quarter ended March 31, compared with $1.14 billion, or $1.86 per share, for the same quarter in 2007. Last year’s first-quarter profit was a record for the company.
Revenue rose to $27.9 billion in the recent quarter from $18.7 billion a year ago.
Major oil companies such as ConocoPhillips, Royal Dutch Shell and BP also have struggled with refining margins, but they were able to reap massive profits from their exploration and production arms — which Valero doesn’t have.
Valero chairman and chief executive Bill Klesse said the fundamentals for gasoline are improving, including demand.
“We still expect a good summer driving season,” Klesse said.

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OPEC (and traders) establishes the price of crude.

What Exxon, BP and the other Western companies pump is a drop in the bucket. They do benefit of course; they also suffer, such as when oil was at $10-$15 a barrel for most of the 80's until the mid 90's.
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Doesn't oil company profits reflect that consumer demand remains strong?
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Here we go again.

At least they were nice enough to combine profits so we can be outraged at something. Does someone want to do the calculation of how much they spent, combined of course and what their combined percentage profit is?
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Here we go again.

At least they were nice enough to combine profits so we can be outraged at something. Does someone want to do the calculation of how much they spent, combined of course and what their combined percentage profit is?
Why, that would put some context and meaning to the number. Would'nt want to do that
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We should shut all big busines down. All they do is take our money. Crooks. They don't provide anything for anybody, just take our money. The owners of those big businesses, especially oil, are making way too much money. And oil makes lots more than, say, Microsoft.

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I think would should take from companies according to their ability to pay and give to people in need.

I get to decide who pays and who needs.

I need more.

You have too much.

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I think would should take from companies according to their ability to pay and give to people in need.

I get to decide who pays and who needs.

I need more.

You have too much.

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Doesn't oil company profits reflect that consumer demand remains strong?
Primarily, it reflects the consumers willingness to pay the price demanded.
For as long as that's the case, it will keep rising.
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Here we go again.

At least they were nice enough to combine profits so we can be outraged at something. Does someone want to do the calculation of how much they spent, combined of course and what their combined percentage profit is?
Why don't you do the calculation?
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OPEC (and traders) establishes the price of crude.

What Exxon, BP and the other Western companies pump is a drop in the bucket. They do benefit of course; they also suffer, such as when oil was at $10-$15 a barrel for most of the 80's until the mid 90's.
I'm sorry, I forgot how much they suffered ...
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The oil companies make less profit per dollar of revenue than Microsoft does. They make less profit per unit of oil than Coca Cola does per unit of soft drinks. Should a windfall profit tax be imposed on them?

In certain parts of the country, housing prices have gone up over 100% since 2000. Should those people be taxed on those obscene profits?

Gasoline prices:

Rank Price/gallon
1-Sierra Leone 18.42
2-Aruba 12.03
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10-Belgium 8.22
111- U.S. 3.45

Looks like we have it pretty good.
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Why don't you do the calculation?
You were the one that posted that article, why don't you tell us? Afraid the percentages won't support your claim?

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