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Europe’s ‘ghost town’ refineries spook oil company results

Extracts from a Reuters article by Christopher Johnson published Wednesday 23 July 2014 LONDON, July 23 (Reuters) – Europe is coming under increasing pressure to close oil refineries as chronic over-capacity hits processing margins, dragging down group profits and hitting share prices. Poland’s PKN Orlen and Czech processor Unipetrol both announced unexpected large losses on […]

Impact on Royal Dutch Shell from Putin’s Missile

The whole geopolitical situation has now become even more precarious following the deliberate shooting down of the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH-17. If that was not bad enough, it transpires that over 170 of the people on board the ill-fated flight were Dutch and three of the passengers were Shell employees. What will Ben van Beurden do if it is […]

Buy Royal Dutch Shell on a pullback, says Jim Cramer

Extracts from a CNBC article by Drew Sandholm published 11 July 2014 It seems a major turnaround is unfolding at Royal Dutch Shell, making its stock very attractive should it fall from current levels, CNBC’s Jim Cramer said Friday. “The CEO has basically said, ‘Look, we’ll do whatever’s necessary to make money here.’ And there’s a […]

Royal Dutch Shell Feeling the Pain

Extracts from a Motley Fool article by Rupert Hargreaves under the headline: “Did ExxonMobil Make the Right Decision About Europe?” Feeling the pain There’s no company that is feeling the pain more than Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS-B ) . Shell’s CEO, Ben van Beurden previously described the company’s refining sector results as “unacceptable.” It’s […]

Wal-Mart tops global Fortune 500, edges out Shell

Extract from a CBS money watch article published 7 July 2014 Wal-Mart Stores (WMT), the world’s largest retailer, topped the latest Fortune 500 global rankings of the most valuable companies by revenue, edging out Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A), the Anglo-Dutch oil and natural gas company, which finished in second place. This marks a comeback for Wal-Mart, […]

Are Asset Sales the Answer for Royal Dutch Shell plc?

Extracts from a Motley Fool article by Arjun Sreekumar published 23 June 2014 On Monday, Shell announced the sale of a 19% stake in Woodside Petroleum, a deal that is expected to raise $5 billion. On Wednesday, the company announced that it had filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission related […]

Shell starts search for successor to chief

Extract from a Financila Times article by Andrew Parker and Guy Chazan published 8 June 2014 One person familiar with the situation said Mr Ollila was planning to step down because of corporate governance rules, and that the timing of his departure had nothing to do with Shell’s recent financial difficulties. Ben van Beurden became the company’s […]

Diminishing Shell in Australia

Extracts from a Sydney Morning Herald article by Michael West published 2 June 2014 under the headline: “Is petrol producer an empty Shell?” Suffice to say that Shell has contributed to the Australian economy in a big way over the years. Not quite so big any more, though. Shell Australia has become less an Australian […]

Shell’s new pay structure criticised

Extract from a Financial Times article by Michael Kavanagh published 20 May 1014 A sharp fall in the pay of outgoing chief executive Peter Voser last year failed to quell discontent among some investors at Royal Dutch Shell over rewards offered to its top staff. FULL ARTICLE

Shell boss says refining assets still key despite weak profits

Extracts from a Reuters article published 20 May 2014 LONDON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell will hold on to its refining business despite shedding many underperforming downstream assets, its chief executive said on Tuesday. The global refining sector has suffered over the past year from weak profit margins due to rising capacity and increasing competition […]

Liquefied Natural Gas Could Come to the Rescue for Royal Dutch Shell

Extract from a Motley Fool article by Bob Ciura published 19 May 2014 under the headline: How Liquefied Natural Gas Could Come to the Rescue for Royal Dutch Shell and BP Royal Dutch Shell’s core net profits fell by 23% last year, prompting the company to undergo what management delicately termed “hard choices” in its […]