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Oil Majors Reward Investors After Crude's Rally Revives Profit

  • Statoil, Total, Conoco promise shareholders higher dividends
  • Exxon, Chevron shares plunged after output disappointments
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As oil’s existential crisis recedes, it’s bringing happier times for some shareholders.

The bosses of the world’s biggest oil companies are prioritizing investors over investments, channeling the extra cash that comes from $60 crude into share buybacks or higher dividends. Not everyone is equally blessed, with holders of stock in the largest U.S. producers suffering their worst two-day plunge in almost 10 years after disappointing results.