Exxon expects higher oil price to boost third-quarter results

Oct 1 (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp said on Thursday its third-quarter results would be buoyed by higher prices for crude oil after a historic collapse in the previous quarter as coronavirus-related lockdowns caused a dramatic plunge in demand.

Higher oil prices will help exploration and production earnings by $1.4 billion to $1.8 billion, compared with the second quarter, it said in a filing. However, weak gas prices will continue to weigh on the segment and could hurt earnings by as much as $500 million.

Lower demand for fuels would hurt refining margins by $200 million to $600 million, the company said. ( (Reporting by Arathy S Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D'Silva)