BP Surprised by $7.2b Q1 Profit
With gas heading for $10/gal (maybe), automakers aren't raking in the bucks. But oil companies are. Marketwatch reports that British Petroleum and Royal Dutch Shell both released 1Q profit numbers yesterday, and the results would make any automaker drool a little. BP made $7.2b in the last three months, beating analysts expectations by over a billion bucks. Shell boasts a whopping $9.08b in profit this quarter, also beating market expectations by over a billion. Neither BP nor Shell increased production by more than one percent; they received between 52 and 66 percent more per barrel sold than last year. Even the oil companies are scratching their heads– all the way to the bank on these numbers. "We don't understand the oil price at this stage," Shell CFO Peter Voser tells The International Herald Tribune . "The fundamentals will not justify an oil price as we see it at the moment." Voser added that Shell "was not investing money in projects that would require oil prices to remain high to be profitable." (That's the job of SUV makers.) ExxonMobil and Chevron are expected to announce their own knee-weakening profits later this week.
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