XOM

Exxon Mobil Corporation

85.64
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-2.81%
85.64
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Exxon Mobil vs. Chevron: Which Company Looks Like a Better Buy?

It’s no secret that the market has been rough sailing so far throughout 2022, with investors taking hit after hit. However, today and yesterday's strong price action seems very promising when looking forward. We have all become too familiar with the rough macroeconomic situation we’ve found ourselves in coming out of a once-in-a-lifetime type of pandemic. Inflation has soared, supply chains have been disrupted, and energy costs have shot through the roof. However, there have been a few bright sectors throughout the year. One such example is the Zacks Oil and Energy Sector, which currently ranks #1 out of all 16 sectors. The table below shows the sector’s performance in several different timeframes. Two companies that operate within the sector include Exxon Mobil XOM and Chevron CVX. Being two of the top oil giants raises a valid question: Which company deserves your hard-earned cash more? Let’s take a look at valuation levels, forecasted bottom and top-line growth estimates, and dividend metrics to get a more precise answer. Exxon Mobil Exxon Mobil XOM shares have been blistering hot year-to-date, providing investors with a massive 63% return and easily outperforming the S&P 500’s decline of 15%. Shares have been on a strong uptrend all year. XOM currently has a forward price-to-sales ratio of 1.1X, which is just a tick above its median of 1.0X over the last five years but is notably below 2018 highs of 1.4X. Additionally, the value represents a steep 75% discount relative to the S&P 500’s forward price-to-sales ratio of 4.1X. Analysts have been rapidly revising their earnings estimates across the board over the last 60 days. For the upcoming quarter, the $2.76 EPS estimate reflects a sizable triple-digit growth in earnings of 150% from the year-ago quarter. Furthermore, the Zacks Consensus Estimate Trend has climbed extensively up to $10.17 per share for the current fiscal year, displaying a substantial 90% increase in the bottom-line year-over-year. Looking forward a bit further, the $8.81 EPS estimate for FY23 has the bottom-line shrinking a concerning 14% when compared to FY22. Additionally, the bottom-line is expected to expand by a notable 21% over the next three to five years. For FY22, the Zacks Consensus Sales Estimate sits at $360 billion, notching an increase in the top line of a sizable 26%. XOM’s annual dividend yield sits at 3.09%, with a payout ratio sitting at 52% of earnings, which could be seen as unsustainable. However, Exxon Mobil has raised its dividend three times out of the past five years, providing a five-year annualized dividend growth rate of a strong 3.09%. XOM is a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) with an overall VGM Score of an A. Chevron Chevron CVX shares have been scorching hot as well year-to-date, providing a stellar return of 55% that puts the S&P 500’s performance to shame. The oil giant’s forward price-to-sales ratio sits at 1.6X, which is slightly below its high of 1.9X in 2020 and is slightly above its median of 1.5X over the last five years. Additionally, the vale represents a substantial 63% discount relative to the S&P 500’s forward price-to-sales ratio. Over the last 60 days, analysts have been upwardly revising their earnings outlook across the board. The $4.65 EPS estimate for the upcoming quarter reflects a massive triple-digit growth in earnings of 171% compared to the year-ago quarter. For FY22, the Zacks Consensus Estimate Trend has climbed 32%, displaying a surge in earnings growth in the triple-digits of 108% year-over-year. However, for FY23, the $15.00 per share earnings estimate represents the bottom-line decreasing by 11.5% year-over-year. Additionally, earnings are forecasted to grow by 12% over the next three to five years. Looking at revenue forecasts, the $218 billion estimate for FY22 sales displays a sizable 35% expansion in the top line from FY21. For investors looking for a stream of income, CVX has that covered with its 3.22% annual dividend yield with a payout ratio sitting at 54% of earnings. Over the last five years, Chevron has increased its dividend five times; the five-year annualized dividend growth rate sits at a notable 5.9%. CVX is a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) with an overall VGM Score of an A. Bottom Line Both companies have undoubtedly enjoyed a stellar run throughout 2022, and picking between the two is no easy choice. In times of overall market weakness, investors need to have the ability to pivot to sectors that are performing relatively well, such as the Zacks Oil and Energy Sector. Investors within this sector have enjoyed a multitude of gains, undoubtedly limiting drawdowns in other portfolio positions. When it comes down to it, I believe that XOM would be a better play over CVX, and there are a few reasons why. XOM displays more attractive valuation levels, has a much higher forecasted long-term earnings growth rate, and, most importantly, currently has a higher Zacks Rank than CVX. Just Released: The Biggest Tech IPOs of 2022 For a limited time, Zacks is revealing the most anticipated tech IPOs expected to launch this year. Concerns about Federal interest rates and inflation caused many private companies to stay on the bench- leading to companies with better brand recognition and higher growth rates getting into the game. With the strength of our economy and record amounts of cash flooding into IPOs, you don’t want to miss this opportunity. See the complete list today. >>See Zacks Hottest IPOs Now Click to get this free report Chevron Corporation (CVX): Free Stock Analysis Report Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM): Free Stock Analysis Report To read this article on Zacks.com click here. Zacks Investment Research The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

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