Where now for the BP and Shell share prices as oil prices hit profits?

Both oil majors fell victim to lower production and weaker oil prices which weighed on third quarter profits, sending shares downward.

BP and Shell have seen their share prices weighed down by lower production and weaker oil prices, which have also hurt both companies’ profits.

Last week, BP and Shell published their third quarter earnings, with underlying profits down 32.5% and 15% respectively, reflecting challenging market conditions faced by both oil majors.

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BP and Shell shares remain resilient despite falling oil prices

Brent crude fell to an average of $62 a barrel in Q3, down from more than $75 a barrel a year ago, driven by weaker demand and a slowdown in global economic activity.

Despite weakening oil prices, BP and Shell shares have remained resilient, with both stocks down just 5% over the last 12 months of trading.

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Dividends under pressure due to declining oil prices

Both BP and Shell are under pressure from investors to grow cash flows, reduce their debt piles and continue to return value to shareholders with rising dividends.

However, the price of oil will ultimately determine their ability to meet investors’ demands. But with political and economic instability remaining high, the price of the black stuff is fickle.

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