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4. ConocoPhillips
Financials: Latest Results
Rank: 4 (Previous rank: 5)
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CEO: James J. Mulva
Address: 600 N. Dairy Ashford Rd.
Houston, TX 77079
Phone: 281-293-1000
Website: www.conocophillips.com
Timing is everything. ConocoPhillips reported a $17 billion loss last year -- most of it related to an ill-timed acquisition. (It bought natural gas producer Burlington Resources for $34 billion in 2005, back when gas prices were triple what they are today.)

But when it comes to comedic timing, CEO Jim Mulva's still got it. At a recent energy conference, Mulva told the story of an oil exec who saves a small child from a dog attack: "As he lay there bleeding, a passing journalist ran over to ask what happened. 'What a story,' he said when told of the details. 'Local hero saves child. By the way, what do you do?' 'I'm an oil company CEO,' was the answer. And the next day the headline read, 'Corporate fat cat strangles family pet.' " - J.B.

  $ millions % change from 2007
Revenues 230,764.0 29.2
Profits -16,998.0 -242.9
Assets 142,865.0
Stockholders' equity 55,165.0
Market value (3/27/2009) 59,698.1
Profits as % of  
Revenues -7.4
Assets -11.9
Stockholders' equity -30.8
Earnings per share  
2008 $ -11.16
% change from 2007 -254.6
1998-2008 annual growth rate % N.A.
Total return to investors %
2008 -39.8
1998-2008 annual rate 12.0
Rank Company 500
($ millions)
1 Exxon Mobil 1 442,851.0
2 Chevron 3 263,159.0
3 ConocoPhillips 4 230,764.0
4 Valero Energy 10 118,298.0
5 Marathon Oil 23 73,504.0
6 Sunoco 41 51,652.0
7 Hess 55 41,094.0
8 Tesoro 91 28,031.0
9 Murphy Oil 92 27,512.5
10 Western Refining 253 10,725.6
11 Frontier Oil 383 6,498.8
12 Holly 420 5,867.7
13 CVR Energy 472 5,016.1
14 United Refining 688 2,994.2
15 Calumet Specialty Products 779 2,489.0
Issue date: May 4, 2009
Revenues: Excise taxes have been deducted.
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