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Exxon Mobile: Overpunished After an Earnings Disappointment

Exxon Mobile started the month of July with a pipeline leak into the Yellowstone River, and ended the month with a disappointing earnings report.

On the upside, net income rose 41% in the second quarter, and revenue rose 36%. And the report marked the best second quarter earnings since 2008.

But on the downside, profit missed estimates (and non-U.S. refining earnings fell -20%).

And the market reacted. Shares ended the week down -6.4%.

The reality: the sell-off was overdone. And I wouldn’t be surprised to see shares rebound. But I’m not looking at that as a possible buying opportunity.

Generally speaking, I’m not a fan of big, integrated oil companies (and Exxon happens to be the biggest vertical integrated oil major…as well as the world’s largest publically traded company by market-cap).

Granted, the stock is a long-term buy, but if I’m looking for oil exposure I would sooner consider oil services. I would look at Oil Service HOLDRS (OIH); this ETF holds oil equipment and service companies, and is up over 12% year-to-date. But more to the point, it is a long-term buy.

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