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Royal Dutch Shell Feeling the Pain

Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 23.56.16Extracts 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 easy to see why.

During the first quarter of this year, Shell revealed a $2.9 billion charge to earnings, mainly due to writedowns on its refineries in Asia and Europe reflecting a poor outlook for refining margins.

What’s more, during the quarter the company’s downstream division reported a year-on-year slump in earnings of 15%, mainly as a result of tighter refining margins. read more

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Can Shell’s New CEO Lead It to Greatness?

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On July 9, Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS-A  ) , the Anglo-Dutch oil giant, announced a new CEO. His name is Ben van Beurden, and he will replace outgoing chief executive Peter Voser next year.

Before Shell made the announcement, few people, even inside the industry, knew who van Beurden was. He only recently joined Shell’s executive committee and was by no means leading the pack of executives expected to succeed Voser.

But upon closer review, he may be just the right man for the job. Let’s take a closer look. read more

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Shell, the Supreme Court, and Corporate Liability

By Sara Murphy December 14, 2012

Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS-A  ) is the respondent in a landmark case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. The outcome of Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum will have significant implications for the oil and gas sector, and potentially for other extractive companies operating in sensitive regions.

This, among other factors, could signal a new era of costly corporate liability for human rights and environmental violations around the world. The days of corporate impunity are drawing to a close, and companies that hope for sustained access to critical resources must deal better with the communities where they operate. Investors would do well to pay attention. read more

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Big Oil’s Russian Retreat

BP's difficulties in Russia follow the stripping of Royal Dutch Shell from its position as operator at Sakhalin Island a year and a half ago. Most of Shell's assets were sold under duress to Russia's giant natural gas company Gazprom.

royaldutchshellplc.com and its sister websites royaldutchshellgroup.com, shellenergy.website, shellnazihistory.com, royaldutchshell.website, johndonovan.website, shellnews.net and shell2004.com are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

Can ExxonMobil Get Back to Business Now?

To achieve its success, ExxonMobil has been forced to do business with a less-than-hospitable Russian government, which has strong-armed Royal Dutch Shell and BP. It must also contend with Venezuelan wild man Hugo Chavez, who last year helped himself to the assets of half a dozen big oil companies. So Exxon's core business clearly involves something more than casually nibbling on bon-bons.

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