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Big Oil grapples with higher costs amid flat growth prospects

Reuters -- A prolonged period of heavy planned spending looks to be ending for the big private-sector oil producers, leaving investors to gauge how companies will manage cash thrown off by big projects as they ramp up, and how much will be eaten up by costs

Due out next week, the Q3 results for the majors will be hit by an especially tough quarter for their downstream arms, which refine oil and produce chemicals

Upstream production from wells, meanwhile, has been flat or declining, though the outlook for next year looks better

While higher oil prices boosted cash flow in recent years, cost inflation now threatens to eat away at returns as oil companies push the envelope with deepwater drilling and LNG mega-projects

Concerns about spending more to get less prevail among those following the sector


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52MPG
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2013 7:20:03 AM

Higher prices have created the flat growth.
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2013 3:08:33 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 6:50:39 PM

Don't know what to make of this story.
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 5:04:54 PM

They should have left gas at 99 cents a gallon. I hope they suffer for what they have done.
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 4:13:46 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 2:08:01 PM

interesting readings
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Mr Sixpence
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 12:45:23 PM

bet it won't take long for them to figure out that they can just push the extra costs on to the customer
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tomok
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 10:57:27 AM

Big Oil grapples with higher costs amid flat growth prospects. Heavy planned spending ending, ramp up and eaten by costs, will be hit by an especially tough quarter for their downstream arms, upstream production from wells has been flat or declining.
Time to pass all expenses onto their customers and the customers will Not know it is happening. Fuel costs at the pump have been so very high and now Big Oil is whining about their predicament. Big Oil will reap what they sow and we get stuck with it!
Times are good, times are bad, roll with the punches, take care of yourself, and don't rely on others for what you have done.
Drive vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
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fisherMI
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 10:56:21 AM

OK then let Big Oil grapple
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cableman31
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 10:47:46 AM

Excuses, excuses, excuses. BIG OIL IS FULL NEVER RUNS OUT.
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2granny
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 10:41:17 AM

Here come the excuses for raises gas prices.
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 10:24:38 AM

they are still making profits and this is another excuse to keep prices high ...
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 10:23:27 AM

I will never feel sorry for gauging oil companies.
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 10:22:49 AM

Hunh
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 10:22:30 AM

Oh boy!
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 10:22:07 AM

we don't have cash flow
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 10:19:00 AM

Oh, I feel soooo sorry for the poor babies...
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 10:18:53 AM

Poor Big Oil! Maybe they need more taxpayer subsidies?
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 10:16:59 AM

Big oil and flat growth prospects don't toghether
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 10:16:02 AM

Reuter's must be having some real internal issues if this is what they are putting out........
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 10:14:02 AM

Wow, what a completely and utterly insipid article...
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 10:13:56 AM

They have been like hogs at the endless feeding trough
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 10:13:41 AM

Poor guys. Better raise pump prices then.
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 10:13:04 AM

I'm with ya, anobserver.
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 10:11:57 AM

My heart bleeds on thought that Exxon may slip to Number Twp in corporate profits
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 10:11:54 AM

Does anyone really think big oil is hurting?
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 10:11:54 AM

the band wagon had to slow down sometime......
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 10:11:53 AM

Big Oil would not have a problem if they cut out those big million dollar oil bonuses.
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 10:11:07 AM

All they're "grappling" with is how to spend the billions they've fleeced from us in their corrupt, colluded, cartelled, rampantly speculated and price manipulated crude oil market....
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 10:10:44 AM

Time will tell
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 10:10:31 AM

Any excuse to keep prices high, and yet they are making billions of dollars in profits every quarter!!!!!!!!!!
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 10:08:50 AM

the increase will all flow to the consumer you can bet on it.
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 10:08:28 AM

They have made enough off of us all already.
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 10:08:11 AM

Oh don't worry! BIG OIL is still making money by the Barrel.
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 10:07:10 AM

Will see...
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 10:07:02 AM

Spend some of the profits you should have put away.
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 10:06:00 AM

Zzzzzzzzz
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Cry me a river...
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 10:01:31 AM

good
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Check with your financial analysts at Fidelity or your own financial house for a more in-depth analysis.
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Without them the horse manure would be several feet thick on the roads.
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 9:58:43 AM

How much money do they really need... enough is enough.... you do not have to set record earnings each quarter...
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 9:57:23 AM

so there you have it!
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 9:57:08 AM

They've made billions from us!
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PackerfanMN, You're probably right. Worse, they just may get it!!!!
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 9:55:45 AM

Okay
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Oh, don't you just feel sorry for big oil, and we are now all crying for them. Legal thieves is all they are, and we know it.
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 9:53:47 AM

they've made $Billions while spiraling consumers into bankruptcy and the economy into recession, so . . . tough $#1^
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 9:53:28 AM

Glad that the prices are lower, but it will be a pain if the other shoe drops.
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 9:52:43 AM

Really
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