Exxon earnings up 6 per cent, easily beating expectations, as refining offsets low oil prices by The Associated Press Posted Oct 31, 2014 6:32 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email IRVING, Texas – ExxonMobil Corp. profits rose 3 per cent in the third quarter as strong refining performance offset lower revenues from falling oil prices and production.The company said Friday it earned $8.07 billion on revenue of $107.49 billion in the third quarter. Last year during the same period, Exxon earned $7.87 billion on revenue of $112.37 billion.On a per share basis, the company earned $1.89, up from $1.79 last year and far above the $1.71 per share analysts polled by FactSet had predicted on average.Oil and gas production fell 4.7 per cent compared with the same period a year ago, and lower prices reduced earnings by $670 million.But profit at the company’s refining operations, which makes chemicals and fuels, rose 38 per cent in the quarter and boosted overall profit. read more