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.
On Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 07.00 BST (08.00 CEST and 02.00 EDT) Royal Dutch Shell plc RDS.A, -1.71% RDS.B, -1.52% will release its first quarter results and first quarter interim dividend announcement for 2015.
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.
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.