As 2011 comes to a close, it's a great time to look back at what happened to the stocks that interest you. By making sure you know the important things that a company accomplished -- as well as the setbacks it experienced -- you can make a better decision about whether it's a smart investment for your portfolio.
Today, let's take a look at ExxonMobil
Stats on ExxonMobil
|2011 YTD Return||19.3%|
|Market Cap||$408 billion|
|1-Year Revenue Growth||28.4%|
|1-Year Earnings Growth||50.1%|
|CAPS Rating (out of 5)||****|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ; Motley Fool CAPS.
Why did ExxonMobil do well this year?
As energy goes, so goes Exxon. That's a simple rule that's even more apt after the company bought XTO Energy last year to become the largest natural gas producer in the country, beating out Chesapeake Energy
But to do so, Exxon operates in some risky parts of the world. In Russia, it agreed to a joint venture with Russian state oil company Rosneft, despite concerns that arose after Royal Dutch Shell
Exxon may not have the growth potential that tiny exploration companies offer. But it also comes with a lot more stability and security. Conservative investors have to be pleased about another healthy year for Big Oil's biggest player.
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Fool contributor Dan Caplinger doesn't own shares of the companies mentioned. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Chesapeake Energy, Chevron, and Total. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Fool has a disclosure policy.