Chevron Extends Losses as Reeling Prices Prompt Writedown

Chevron Corp. extended its longest losing streak in more than a quarter century, missing profit and production expectations as a glut-driven price collapse forced a writedown of the value of oil and natural wells.

The company posted a surprise loss of $1.47 billion, or 78 cents a share, compared with profit of $571 million, or 30 cents, a year earlier, San Ramon, California-based Chevron said in a statement on Friday. Analysts had expected the world’s third-largest oil explorer by market value to earn anywhere from 19 to 41 cents a share. Output from Chevron’s wells fell 3.4 percent below the average estimate.

It was Chevron’s third straight quarterly loss, the longest slump for the company since at least 1989, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Chevron pumped the equivalent of 2.528 million barrels of oil daily during the quarter, underperforming the 2.618-million barrel average estimate from analysts. The shares fell 1.4 percent in premarket trading on Friday.

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