Exxon Mobil

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The oil giant may not be the biggest company in the U.S., but it’s by far the most profitable: Driven by higher prices for crude — as well as big gains in its natural gas and chemicals businesses — profits at Exxon Mobil topped $30 billion, a whopping 58% jump.With its eye on growth, the company recently launched a massive joint venture in Qatar and an offshore well in eastern Russia. It also is making a big push into alternative energies, investing in biofuels and expanding operations designed to cut greenhouse gases. —P.N.