Dow Preview: ExxonMobil

In today's edition, Joel discusses ExxonMobil and what to watch for tomorrow when the company announces second-quarter earnings. Exxon is the first large integrated oil company to report, and the company will need oil revenues to offset its dismal natural gas segment. With a 50/50 split between oil and gas production, Exxon is more susceptible to poor natural gas prices than its Dow competitor, Chevron, so be sure to follow the effects that XTO (Exxon's natural gas arm) will have on the bottom line tomorrow.

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