Oil giant ExxonMobil shares jumped by nearly 2% in early trading after the Federal Emergency Management Agency declared a state of emergency over Hurricane Harvey.
The increase comes as the company reported a 2% increase in fourth-quarter profits, and the stock is up 5.8% in 2017.
The stock also rose nearly 4% in 2016 and 7.6% in 2015.
ExxonMobil’s shares are up about 4% since the start of the year, when the company announced the hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
ExxonMobil stock has gained more than 10% each of the last five years.
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The company’s profit in the first half of 2018 was $6.4 billion, up slightly from $6 billion in the same period last year.
On Thursday, ExxonMobil announced that it will invest $100 million in a new $2 billion refinery in South Carolina.
“The oil business has a very long way to go to catch up to where it was when the hurricane hit,” ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson said in a statement.
“But, we are confident that in the coming months, we will make tremendous progress.
We are also very confident that the American public will recognize that this is not a day to be complacent.”
Expelled from ExxonMobil, a Texas-based oil company, after the hurricanes of 2017 and 2018, former chief executive Rex Tillerson and his son, Tillerson Jr., continue to run the company.
“It’s good for the company to be back and to have a company that is taking the next step forward,” Tillerson said.
“I think that this country is going to need more people who have experience in business, especially with energy and natural resources.”
The company’s stock gained more in 2017 than it did during the entire 2017 and 2016 years.
Exxon shares rose more than 6% in the fourth-week of trading.
After ExxonMobil’s earnings report Thursday, the stock jumped by more than 5% in a matter of minutes, jumping nearly 6% the next day.
The stock has risen nearly 4.5% in each of 2017, 2018, and 2019.
For the fourth quarters of 2018, Exxon stock gained 6.4% and 5.6%, according to FactSet.
IBM, Facebook and Google all have a new cybersecurity breach on their platforms, as the tech companies announced they will share a database containing users’ personal information.
The companies said they are working to make the information accessible to law enforcement, hackers and the public.
IBM said in a blog post on Thursday that it discovered a data breach affecting more than 2 million users on Monday.
“While the details of the breach have not been disclosed publicly, we believe that the compromised user data may include the passwords, email addresses, and phone numbers of individuals and groups that are not publicly known,” IBM said in the post.
Facebook confirmed the breach on Thursday and said it has since begun to share users’ data with law enforcement.
The companies announced a two-year partnership with the US Department of Homeland Security to share a joint database containing information on users who are at risk of cyberthreats.
In a statement, the companies said that “the information we are sharing will help law enforcement better understand the types of attacks that are most likely to pose a threat to our users, and will help us better protect our users.”
The companies’ cooperation with the DHS came as the government seeks to crack down on data breaches that could lead to hackers gaining access to private information.
In January, Facebook said that it had shared data with the FBI and the NSA for cyberintelligence purposes.
Google, Microsoft, Twitter and Facebook have already announced plans to create new cybersecurity partnerships in the wake of the recent attacks.
Microsoft has previously announced plans for a partnership with Google in the future.
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