Higher oil prices helps Chevron post a profit

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Rising oil prices helped Chevron post a profit in the first quarter after reporting a loss in the same period a year ago.

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Crude prices have risen to close to $50 a barrel this year after dipping below $30 a barrel last year, boosting the finances of oil companies. Rival Exxon Mobil Corp., for example, said Friday that its profit during the first quarter more than doubled.

Chevron reported first-quarter net income of $2.68 billion, or $1.41 per share, in the first three months of the year, compared with a loss of $725 million, or 39 cents per share, in the same period a year ago.

The results topped Wall Street expectations, but Chevron does not adjust its reported results based on one-time events such as asset sales. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 85 cents per share.

Revenue rose 41 percent to $33.42 billion, beating expectations of $32.01 billion

Shares of Chevron Corp. rose 73 cents to $106.20 in midday trading Friday.

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