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Big Oil Faces Headwinds After Record $199 Billion Profit Haul

  • 2022 profits almost 50% higher than previous record in 2011
  • Majors expected to keep investor payouts even as prices drop
Fawley Oil Refinery As Commodity Likely To Avoid Repeat Negative Price Shock
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Exxon Mobil Corp., Chevron Corp., Shell Plc, TotalEnergies SE and BP Plc reaped almost $200 billion collectively last year but fears of an economic slowdown, plunging natural gas prices, cost inflation and uncertainty over China’s re-opening are dimming the outlook for 2023.

The five companies are expected to report $198.7 billion in combined 2022 profit in coming days, 50% higher than the previous annual record set more than a decade ago, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.