Exxon in Focus All eyes are firmly on US earnings today with the world’s largest public energy firm, ExxonMobil, due to report Q4 results. On the back of a bumper +80% year for the stock, investors are looking for fresh reasons to hold Exxon through 2023. With that in mind, the focus for today’s earnings call will be much more on the group’s outlook and guidance and less on its actual recent performance. Still, those are the numbers which will grab the headlines and, on that front, the market is looking for EPS of $3.289 on revenues of $97.34 billion.Dim Outlook For Energy PricesWith oil and gas prices having collapsed over the back end of 2022, revenues are understandably expected to be reduced in Q4. However, the market will be more focused on where Exxon sees oil prices heading in 2023. With the group having steered away from the move towards green energy seen from the likes of BP and Shell, its profits are very much tied to the fate of fossil fuel price direction.Poor Results For Rival Chevron Exxon’s main rival, Chevron, was seen posting disappointing results on Friday leading the stock to fall more than 5%, now down more than 7% from recent highs. On the back of this, its feasible that we see a similar move from Exxon shares should today’s numbers disappoint. With the EIA forecasting the price of a barrel of oil to fall to $83, down almost 20% from last year, the near-term outlook for Exxon looks skewed to the downside, particularly on the back of the big run up we saw last year.Technical ViewsExxonMobilThe rally in Exxon shares has run into selling pressure above the 114.96 2022 highs, with the stock now trading back below the level. While still within the bull channel for now, bearish divergence on momentum studies highlights bearish reversal risks and the key level to watch is the 104.40 level, a break of which opens the way for a test of the longer term bull trend line ahead of deeper support at 83.80.
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