While the diversification of BHP Billiton (LSE: BLT) has often been discussed as a positive for the company, it has not enabled it to overcome the challenges present in the mining sector during recent months.
The oil price has fallen dramatically since last summer. This has meant difficult times for the oil producers, including companies such as BP (LSE: BP) and Royal Dutch Shell (LSE: RDSB). But with the price of gasoline falling so much, surely this means ...
The outlook for Shell appears to be more stable: earnings per share are expected to rise by around 20% in both 2015 and 2016, perhaps highlighting the benefits of the firm's long-term focus on gas and LNG.
It's worth remembering that Shell is quite well positioned to deal with lower oil prices, thanks to low debt levels, a strong credit rating and the ability to cut or delay significant amounts of expenditure.
Royal Dutch Shell (LSE: RDSB) is a dividend champion that deserves a place in any portfolio. The company hasn't cut its dividend since the Second World War and this is unlikely to change any time soon, despite the falling oil price.
However, its shares are still down 55% in the last year and, while hydrogen fuel cells could prove to be part of a long-term future where less reliance is placed upon fossil fuels, oil stocks such as Shell (LSE: RDSB) (NYSE: RDS-B.US) still have ...
LONDON�Royal Dutch Shell PLC said Thursday that it would eliminate at least 250 jobs in its U.K North Sea operations this year, the latest workforce cut for big energy companies trying to reduce spending as crude trades for about half its 2014 peak.