Chevron Reports Fourth Quarter Net Income of $3.77 Billion, Down 9 Percent from $4.14 Billion in Fourth Quarter 2005
* Upstream earnings of $2.91 billion decline $340 million, due primarily to lower prices for U.S. natural gas
* Downstream profits of $950 million increase $150 million on improved results outside the United States
SAN RAMON, Calif., Feb. 2, 2007 -- Chevron Corporation today reported preliminary net income of $3.77 billion ($1.74 per share - diluted) for the fourth quarter 2006, compared with $4.14 billion ($1.86 per share - diluted) in the 2005 fourth quarter. For the full year 2006, net income was $17.14 billion ($7.80 per share - diluted), an increase of 22 percent from $14.10 billion ($6.54 per share - diluted) in 2005.
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