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Big Oil Isn't as Profitable as Everyone Thinks

Americans spend a lot of money on oil: about $632 billion a year. And the big oil producers report eye-popping annual profits, like ExxonMobil's $41 billion in 2011. Numbers like that may make you feel like we're getting robbed at the pump ... but it's not that simple.

The Global 500: No Borders, No Boundaries

Despite financial turmoil in Europe and disasters in Japan, the world's largest corporations had record profits and revenue in 2011. Where on Earth will the growth come from next?

10 Firms in the 'Ultimate Stock Pickers' Portfolio

There's a lot of overlap among the holdings of Morningstar's 26 highly rated funds, and these 10 stocks top the list. So if you want to follow the pros, consider these -- all of them mega-cap stocks and ultra-conservative buys.

How to Heat Your Home for Free (or Profit) This Winter

Like they say: If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. With the price of home heating oil on the rise, and likely to go on rising due to global politics, now might be a good time to place a bet on oil to hedge against the costs of keeping the homestead warm.

Big Oil Taking Small Steps Toward Big Renewables Profits

The oil industry giants are embracing alternative technologies -- including biofuels, geothermal and solar. Right now, renewable sources provide only a tiny fraction of the profits they derive from oil and gas, but they'll have a real impact on the revenues of majors like BP, Exxon Mobil and Chevron in the not-so-distant future.

With Big Oil Stocks Riding High, It's Time to Take Profits

Exxon Mobil, Chevron and ConocoPhillips are all trading near multi-year highs, and even BP shares have done well recently. Still, while the high oil prices that have been pinching consumers have been great for the industry, there are good reasons not to count on those high stock values lasting.

Oil Stocks May Have Outrun Oil Prices

It's too simplistic to value oil company stocks on the price of crude alone. But if oil prices are one marker, oil shares are probably rising too...

Week in Preview: The Earnings Crunch Rolls On

Dozens of companies report earnings this week, and analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters are anticipating lots of strong quarterly reports. Among those re ConocoPhillips, Microsoft and Visa. Likely to post losses are Eastman Kodak, Office Depot and Sprint Nextel.

What Buffett's Buying: A Stake in Fiserv, More J&J

Each quarter, investors and the media await the latest filing from Warren Buffett's Bekshire Hathaway to see what changes the Oracle of Omaha made to his portfolio. But why is he buying a piece of payment processor Fiserv and raising his stake in Johnson & Johnson?

Congress to Oil Execs: Can We Trust You?

Executives from the nation's largest oil companies will be on Capitol Hill on Tuesday morning to testify before lawmakers about the safety of offshore oil drilling and future U.S. energy policy.

Three Oil Stocks That Look Tempting Now

European debt worries, the rising dollar and falling oil prices are conspiring to knock down oil company shares. But this trio could be getting whacked harder than they deserve -- especially if you don't believe the dollar will keep climbing.

Oil Company Earnings Preview: A Gusher of Profits

British oil giant BP%u2019s 135% profit surge in the first quarter of 2010 bodes well for the slate of oil companies that will announce earnings this week. Profits should be plentiful due to the steady rise in the price of oil.