Thanks XOM (the poster). I didn't realize XOM (the company) is a net buyer of brude oil. I mistakenly thought they are the producer of oil.

But... the gasoline one pays at the pump follows the fluctuations of the crude oil prices. Wouldn't the profits at these oil companies be transparent? (They pass on the cost to the consumer.) I have been scratching my head on trying to figure out the relationship (if there is any)between crude oil prices and these oil company stock prices