A name and brand that most consumers will recognize, Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS.B) was formed in 1907, despite existing unofficially before the 20th century. Shell is a current leader in the oil and gas industry, and has made a conscious effort to put the environment at the forefront of their efforts. As an industry leader, Shell reaches far and wide, as it drills in deep parts of the ocean and owns the largest floating natural gas facility. Operating in over 70 countries, Shell employs over 93,000 people and produces over 3 million barrels of oil a day. In 2015, Shell had income of $2.2 billion, capital investment of $28.9 billion, and revenue of $265 billion (1)
During the height of the oil collapse, Shell bought out BG Group for $52 billion, attempting to cut out competition and increase assets. Although other oil companies have been content with riding out the low prices, Shell has aggressively merged and does not have to cut its 6.9% dividend. Offering one of the best dividend yields in the industry, their proactive business strategies have allowed Shell to not cut their dividend in 70 years. This is a good indicator for the recent OPEC declarations, as Shell will continue to be a competitor in the energy market (2).
(2) Duggan, Wayne. "3 Oil Stocks to Claim After OPEC Deal." InvestorPlace. N.p., 5 Oct. 2016. Web. 5 Oct. 2016.
Bradley Woolf is a current Junior at the University of Southern California in the Marshall School of Business. He is majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in Real Estate Finance and minoring in Real Estate and Development. Bradley has worked in both the real estate and financial sectors, where he interned at City National Bank as an underwriter, interned at Strategic Development Advisors, and most recently as a financial advisor for New York Life. He hopes to go into commercial real estate brokerage and is attempting to gain financial experience through Global Intelligence Trust.