Shell And Total Resume Their Buyback Following Record Profits.

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Europe’s biggest oil companies Shell (SHEL.L) and TotalEnergies (TTEF.PA) extended share buybacks; after their second-quarter profits beat an already record-breaking previous quarter on the back of soaring crude, gas and oil product prices.

The two companies combined are buying back $8 billion in shares in the third quarter. After recording their respective highest quarterly profits while keeping their dividends steady, which might disappoint some investors.

Benchmark Brent crude oil futures have risen more than 140% in the past twelve month; averaging around $114 a barrel in the quarter.

High crude prices normally weigh on refining margins, but tight refined fuel supply supported record profitability in the second quarter, with Shell’s refining margin virtually tripping to $28 a barrel. 

Benchmark European natural gas prices and global liquefied natural gas prices were on average at all-time highs in the quarter.


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