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Oil giant Shell raises dividend and launches $2 billion share buyback as commodity prices soar

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Oil giant Shell raises dividend and launches $2 billion share buyback as commodity prices soar

Sam Meredith
KEY POINTS
  • Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday reported adjusted earnings of $5.5 billion for the three months through to the end of June, beating analyst expectations.
  • The Anglo-Dutch company boosted its dividend for the second consecutive quarter and announced the launch of a $2 billion share buyback program that it aims to complete by the end of the year.
  • Share prices of the world’s largest oil and gas majors have not yet followed an improvement in the earnings outlook, however, and the industry still faces a host of uncertainties and challenges.

LONDON — Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday reported stronger-than-expected second-quarter earnings, lending further support to the energy major’s plans to reduce net debt and reward investors.

The Anglo-Dutch company reported adjusted earnings of $5.5 billion for the three months through to the end of June. That compared with $638 million over the same period a year earlier and $3.2 billion for the first quarter of 2021.

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