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Today’s Pickup: A once $1 trillion dollar oil company is now valued 80 percent lower

A once $1 trillion dollar oil company is now valued 80 percent lower (Photo: iStock - Oil refinery, China East Asia)

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In 2007, PetroChina, China’s largest oil and gas producer, became the world’s first company to trade at over $1 trillion while debuting on the Shanghai stock exchange. But 10 years after this seemingly lofty amount, the company has shed 82 percent of its enterprise value, to trade at $169 billion, a shadow of its former valuation. 

Far more hurtful is the fact that PetroChina’s market worth is now less than the value of its proven oil and gas reserves in the ground – which is estimated to be worth $208.7 billion. This usually is never the case, as logically, no energy company will have to trade below the actual value of resources in its possession. PetroChina with an enterprise value/reserves value ratio of 0.801, is the lowest among 25 large oil and gas companies globally. 

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Navy Capt. Bill Urban, a spokesman for the U.S. Central Command, on Iranian vessels blocking a U.K. oil tanker in the Persian Gulf. 

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Final Thoughts

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The data collected from simulated miles and physical miles are fed into the self-driving algorithm that continuously gets better with improved data. Holding on to the world’s largest data set of simulated and physical miles, it is not a surprise that Waymo’s self-driving algorithm is more sophisticated than its closest competitors, and thus more reliable to be put onto vehicles for self-driving on public roads. 

Hammer down everyone!