- The price of crude from Alberta’s oil sands has surged nearly 60% since November, as new pipelines connect producers with refineries on the U.S. Gulf coast, meaning Canadian producers can begin to see a better return on investment while U.S. refineries can lessen their reliance on oil from Mexico and Venezuela.
- It also lessens the importance of the Keystone XL pipeline (TRP), WSJ's Ben Winkley writes, making it that much easier for the White House to delay a decision to clear the project.
- Traders say the current price gap of ~$20 between Alberta crude and benchmark WTI is about right, so with just a handful of refineries set up to receive tar sands crude, more transport capacity may not be needed, Winkley suggests.
- ETFs: USO, OIL, UCO, SCO, DTO, DBO, CRUD, USL, DNO, UWTI, DWTI, SZO, OLO, OLEM, TWTI
at CNBC.com (Nov 18, 2014)