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BP and Shell: Masters of Environmental Deception or Just the New Tobacco Titans?

Posted by John Donovan 26 Sept 2023

In a delightful twist of fate, BP and Shell, those champions of environmental responsibility, have seen their stock prices soar like eagles in the past month. And what’s the secret behind this sudden success story, you ask? Well, it’s the good old resurgent oil price, of course! Who would have thought that predictions of the world moving away from fossil fuels were anything more than wishful thinking?

In a striking parallel, BP and Shell now find themselves in the same league as the beloved tobacco stocks, British American Tobacco and Imperial Brands. These companies, much like our oil pals, have faced their fair share of criticism for the delightful consequences of their products. But, lo and behold, the world’s appetite for tobacco hasn’t waned entirely, just like the world’s insatiable thirst for oil.

Sure, smoking may have seen a decline, and smoking bans may have become more common, but the tobacco industry, much like our oil friends, remains as profitable as ever. They’ve even dabbled in new areas like vaping and e-cigarettes to keep the good times rolling.

And so it goes with BP and Shell, those purveyors of pollution and motor accidents. They may have faced some pesky scrutiny, but fear not, the demand for oil and gas is alive and well. Who cares about clean alternatives like wind and solar energy when we can keep burning fossil fuels at an alarming rate?

Investors are seeing the light, recognizing the sheer brilliance of BP and Shell as long-term investments. Just like tobacco stocks, these oil giants can offer stable dividends in a world that’s slowly waking up to the environmental consequences of their actions. BP currently boasts a delightful 4.09% yield, while Shell offers a charming 3.61%. These numbers are expected to grow over time, because who needs a habitable planet when you can have dividends?

But wait, there’s more! Both companies come with relatively low valuations. BP is a steal at 6.34 times earnings, and Shell is practically giving itself away at 7.82 times earnings. Such bargains, right?

So, while the short-term prospects for BP and Shell remain uncertain, there’s every reason to believe that they’ll continue their merry journey down the path of environmental destruction. With their potential for consistent income and lower valuations, these two oil giants are the perfect choice for investors who want to profit from the never-ending demand for oil and gas. Who cares about the future when you can make a quick buck today?



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