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Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE:XOM) was the recipient of unusually large options trading activity on Friday. Investors acquired 40,178 call options on the company, American Banking & Market News reports. This is an increase of 111% compared to the typical volume of 19,024 call options.

A number of research firms have recently commented on XOM. Analysts at Merrill Lynch downgraded shares of Exxon Mobil Corp. to a “neutral” rating in a research note to investors on Tuesday, January 21st. Separately, analysts at TheStreet reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Exxon Mobil Corp. in a research note to investors on Tuesday, January 21st. Finally, analysts at Bank of America Corp. downgraded shares of Exxon Mobil Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note to investors on Tuesday, January 21st. They now have a $106.00 price target on the stock, down previously from $110.00. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have given a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $99.35.

Shares of Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE:XOM) opened at 94.85 on Monday. Exxon Mobil Corp. has a 52-week low of $84.79 and a 52-week high of $101.74. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $98.45 and its 200-day moving average is $92.19. The company has a market cap of $414.4 billion and a P/E ratio of 12.66.

Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE:XOM) last released its earnings data on Thursday, October 31st. The company reported $1.79 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $1.77 by $0.02. The company had revenue of $112.40 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $107.40 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $2.09 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 2.4% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts predict that Exxon Mobil Corp. will post $7.40 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) is a manufacturer and marketer of commodity petrochemicals, including olefins, aromatics, polyethylene and polypropylene plastics and a range of specialty products.

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