BP Posts $1.4 Billion Loss

Markets and shareholders shaken

Caty Enders

On Tuesday, British Petroleum reported an unexpected $1.4 billion loss for the second quarter and a $4.8 billion loss on the value of its assets. The oil company’s stock price is still down about 30 percent from what it was at the time of the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. A court case to determine how much BP will pay in damages from the spill has been postponed until 2013, but low natural gas prices in the U.S. and an Alaska project halted due to environmental concerns decreased earnings. Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell, the world’s two biggest oil companies, also reported lower earnings due to lower oil and gas prices.

Via New York Times