Exxon Mobil And Enterprise Products: Our Best Anti-Inflation And Catalyst-Rich Oil Picks


  • Among the major oil players, we see Exxon Mobil and Enterprise Products as the premier choice in the integrated space and midstream space, respectively.
  • Our current inflation problem is largely a fuel cost problem, which is not a problem for either of them.
  • Both provide generous and safe dividend yields to fight inflation. Both are dividend champs.
  • And Enterprise was one of the few MLPs that did not cut dividends even at the worst of the pandemic (it actually increased its payout).
  • Both also enjoy several strong catalysts specific to their own operations, in addition to the industry-wide catalysts.
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Increasing oil price



Readers familiar with our writing know that we are in general bullish about the energy sector. In this article, I will elaborate on two particular oil stocks: Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) and Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE:

table: inflation is still quite high and the Fed anticipates it to remain high

Source: Fed's meeting minutes release Sept 2022.

Chart: XOM and EPD dividend yields

Source: Seeking Alpha data.

Chart: XOM shares outstanding

Source: Seeking Alpha data.

Chart: imported crude oil prices

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Chart: weekly US ending stocks of crude oil in SPR

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Chart: US net imports of crude and liquid fuels

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Chart: XOM generated a $19.9B operation case in the past quarter, not only at the peak level in a decade but also more than 2x higher than its average of $8.9B.

Source: Seeking Alpha data

Chart: natural gas prices now stand at $7.88 per million Btu.

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Chart: EPD cash from operations also stand at a record level

Source: Seeking Alpha data

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I also take a holistic view and watch out on aspects (both dangers and opportunities) often neglected – such as tax considerations (always a large chunk of return), fitness with the rest of holdings (no holding is good or bad until it is examined under the context of what we already hold), and allocation across asset classes.

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Disclosure: I/we have no stock, option or similar derivative position in any of the companies mentioned, and no plans to initiate any such positions within the next 72 hours. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

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