Exxon Mobil's Gusher

Executives at the Irving, Tex., headquarters of ExxonMobil (XOM) probably didn't know whether to laugh or cry. On Apr. 27, the oil giant reported that first-quarter net income surged 14%, to $8.4 billion, as revenues increased 8%, to $89.0 billion. The profits were a record for the company and the fifth-highest ever reported by any public company.

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