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The biggest losers during the Dow’s slide: Big oil stocks

Big oil founders were the big losers during three sessions that saw the Dow Jones industrial undistinguished post its biggest-ever daily point drop.

Exxon Mobil dispensations are down 12 percent, while Chevron has tanked more than 6 percent since Friday, when a better-than-expected U.S. contributions report sent bond yields higher and raised inflation shticks. That sparked a sell-off that saw the Dow fall 666 points by the end of the seating, plunge another 1,175 points on Monday and gyrate wildly on Tuesday.

But appropriations of Exxon and Chevron were already spiraling before the jobs on hit the market on Friday. Both companies reported disappointing quarterly profits sooner than the bell.

Despite an oil price rally, Exxon’s U.S. exploration and production proprietorship posted a profit loss. Meanwhile, lower margins in Chevron’s intercontinental fuel refining business and impacts on U.S. refineries from Hurricane Harvey be spun out delayed on its overall earnings.

The S&P 500 energy sector turned in the worst three-day interpretation in the index, shedding more than 7 percent.

While shares of Exxon knock another 1.7 percent on Tuesday, leading the laggards as the Dow rebounded, Chevron’s market bounced 4 percent, posted the fourth-best daily performance in the index.

On Tuesday, investment bank Barclays disenfranchised Exxon from overweight to underweight and lowered its price target from $135 per dispensation to $130.

Barclays argues that current valuations still reflect Exxon’s “palatial historical norms,” but the underlying fundamentals behind the company have eroded — due largely to its “ill-timed, low margin and extremely expensive” investments in U.S. shale oil and Canadian oil sands.

“We characterize as that XOM is facing an almost insurmountable task to fix its upstream profitability mess, which may take at least 5+ years before its book turns, unit cash flow, and profit could begin to see meaningful gains,” Barclays analysts said in a research note.

Unless U.S. natural gas tolls rally unexpectedly, Barclays says returns in Exxon’s upstream problem — which explores for and develops oil and gas — won’t improve much compared to Chevron, which Barclays upgraded to overweight on Tuesday.

The bank powers Chevron’s fundamentals are improving at a brisker pace than its peers, and the attendance’s valuation and risk-reward outlook are attractive compared to Exxon. Barclays upped its assay target on Chevron shares to $91 from $84.

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