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Shell's Turnaround Underway

The company has set a course for improvement, but it still needs some help from oil prices.

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 Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A)/(RDS.B) posted another strong quarter of cash flow generation as earnings rebounded largely thanks to improvement in the upstream segment.

Results were strong across the board in the first quarter, with integrated gas and downstream posting increases as well. The upstream segment was the biggest contributor to the improvement, however, with earnings swinging to a $540 million profit from a loss of $1.4 billion last year. The increase in commodity prices was the primary driver, although volumes increased 6% too thanks to new field startups and an additional month of BG production.

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