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Big Oil Is Bailing, and It's a Good Thing Too

By Tyler Crowe - Jan 10, 2014 at 12:06PM

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With the end of their contracts in the United Arab Emirates, companies like Exxon and BP can pursue other ventures that pay better than $1 per barrel of oil.

I'm going to guess that if you were in a contract that paid a return of less than 1%, you would do the absolute minimum possible until that contract expired, right? That is exactly what Exxonmobil (XOM 0.87%), BP (BP 0.80%) and Total (TTE 0.54%) have done recently with their contracts with the Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations -- also called ADCO. These big oil companies just let their contracts expire with the company after years of not doing much in the region. And who can blame them? They were only getting $1 per barrel of oil in contracting fees anyways.

Tune into the video below to find out what this means for comapnies like BP and Total and whether it will make any significant impacts on your investments.

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