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Exxon Mobil profit drops on weaker gas prices, higher costs

Aug 2 (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp reported a 21% drop in quarterly profit on Friday, hit by weaker natural gas prices and higher maintenance costs.

The largest U.S. oil producer's net income fell to $3.13 billion, or 73 cents per share in the second quarter, from $3.95 billion, or 92 cents per share, last year.

Exxon's oil equivalent production rose 7% to 3.9 million barrels per day. (Reporting by Arathy S Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Bernard Orr)