Nov. 14, 2013, 2:36 PM
- Refiners such as Marathon Petroleum (MPC +4.9%) and Valero (VLO +4%) are surging today, and Barron's Ben Levisohn says it’s all about the oil spread.
- While Brent crude has stayed steady for the last three months, trading at ~$109/bbl, WTI has dropped 12% to ~$94; the more expensive Brent is relative to WTI, the better it is for U.S. refiners.
- VLO, for example, has gained 17% during the past three months, and much of its price has followed the Brent-WTI spread.
- Also: PSX +2.1%, TSO +2.7%, HFC +3.2%, WNR +4.3%, ALJ +5.2%, ALDW +1.3%, CLMT +2.6%, CVI +1.3%.
Nov. 8, 2013, 12:38 PM
- The price of West Texas crude has dropped nearly 9% during the past month, and Credit Suisse thinks it’s time for investors to take another look at refiners, particularly Tesoro (TSO +1.2%).
- TSO's "Northern Mid-Con and Pacific North-West are among the best positioned in U.S. refining, with a decade of free cashflow ahead," the firm writes, adding that west coast results demonstrate TSO’s above average asset quality which Carson synergies will cement further.
- The firm upgrades Calumet Specialty Products (CLMT +1.8%) to Neutral from Underperform as "the themes which drove expected underperformance have now become more visible"; Western Refining (WNR +0.3%) and Delek US (DK -1%) are "interesting."
Nov. 7, 2013, 2:28 PM
- Tesoro (TSO +2.3%) is one of few energy companies gaining ground today, despite Q3 earnings that fell 77% Y/Y and came up short of analyst estimates.
- Gross margins in the quarter fell to $9.22/bbl vs. $19.67/bbl for the year-earlier period; a smaller discount on benchmark WTI crude relative to international crude also had an effect in the midcontinent.
- However, revenues jumped 41.5% to $11.24B from $7.94B a year ago, attributable to improved throughput and better performance by the retail segment.
- CEO Greg Goff says TSO remains focused on executing its strategic plan, citing improved refinery run rates which rose to 863K bbl/day vs. 548K a year ago; throughput volumes in California surged 114% Y/Y to 557K bbl/day.
Oct. 17, 2013, 5:42 PM
Oct. 11, 2013, 11:46 AM
- Refiners continue to rise a day after news of a leaked EPA proposal that would significantly scale back biofuel blending requirements next year.
- The EPA's rationale for a cut in the volume of ethanol that must be blended echoes an argument the oil industry has made for months: The U.S. fuel chain cannot absorb more ethanol.
- Let the lawsuits begin: "Any plan to roll back the targets... under the guise of addressing the blend wall would be patently unlawful," says the head of the Renewable Fuels Association.
- TSO +4.4%, VLO +3.4%, PSX +3.1%, MPC +2.2%, WNR +4.5%, HFC +2.2%, ALJ +6.8%, CVI +2.6%, NTI +2%, DK +7.8%, CLMT +1.8%.
Oct. 10, 2013, 2:18 PM
- Chevron (CVX -0.4%) is lower after warning "significantly lower" earnings from its refining division would send Q3 EPS down Q/Q.
- J.P. Morgan believes investors were anticipating relatively soft downstream results given the currently weak refining margin environment; perhaps that's why refiners are holding up very well today: VLO +4.4%, TSO +3.7%, PSX +2.3%, ALJ +6.7%, MPC +4.5%, WNR +3.7%, HFC +4.2%, CVI +4.6%.
- Citigroup worries about CVX's upstream business too; it was expecting a much larger increase in Q3 production which would put CVX on track to meet its full year guidance of 2,650M boe/day.
Oct. 7, 2013, 2:47 PM
- Refining stocks are lower as HollyFrontier (HFC -0.7%) is hit with a downgrade from Imperial Capital, which dropped its rating to In-Line from Outperform, reduces its price target to $41 from $49, and cuts its 2013 EPS estimate to $3.83 from $4.83 and 2014 EPS estimate to $3.50 from $4.00.
- The firm sees continued contraction in refining margins and crude price differentials, especially as the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline commences operation later this month.
- Other refiners: VLO -0.6%, TSO -0.8%, MPC -1.4%, PSX -1.5%, WNR -1.4%, ALJ -2.5%, CVI -2.5%.
Oct. 2, 2013, 3:26 PM
- It's a pretty good day for refiners, even as most energy stocks slip, as Phillips 66 (PSX +2.1%), Valero (VLO +1.2%), Tesoro (TSO +0.2%), Western Refining (WNR +1.2%), Marathon Petroleum (MPC +1.2%) and HollyFrontier (HFC +0.4%) all post gains.
- PSX rises the most among energy companies in the S&P 500 after announcing a 25% increase in its quarterly dividend, VLO and TSO are upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup (I, II), and WNR rolls out a 12.5M-share IPO of its logistics unit.
- Refiners generally have come in for criticism recently; Barclays, for one, believes most refiners will miss consensus earnings expectations by a wide margin, with VLO the exception.
- ETFs: IEO, IEZ, IYE, PXE, PXI, XES, XLE, XOP, VDE, RYE, FXN, OIH, PXJ, PSCE, ERX, DIG, ERY, DUG, DDG.
Sep. 9, 2013, 2:23 PM
- Refiners (PXE, RYE, IOIL) are broadly underperforming the rest of the energy sector today after a Simmons downgrade to Neutral from Overweight, expecting continuing challenges to EPS and refining margins in Q3 and into 2014 after a dismal Q2.
- Individual stocks lowered by the firm: Marathon Petroleum (MPC -1.5%), Tesoro (TSO -0.6%), Delek US (DK -1.3%), Alon USA (ALJ -0.5%), CVR Energy (CVI -1.8%), CVR Partners (CVRR -1.2%).
- HollyFrontier (HFC -1.8%) breaks down to fresh multi-week lows after a downgrade from Morgan Stanley.
- Also, Barclays says at its Energy-Power conference that it believes most refiners will miss current consensus expectations by a wide margin, with Valero (VLO +0.7%) the exception (Briefing.com).
Aug. 29, 2013, 12:44 PM
- With strikes on Syria no sure thing now, oil prices have fallen nearly 1% and taken oil stocks with them; in fact, energy (XLE -0.6%) and utilities (XLU -0.7%) are the only S&P sectors in the red.
- Among global producers: XOM -1.2%, CVX -0.7%, COP -0.6%, RDS.A -0.6%, BP -0.9%, TOT -1.6%.
- Notable decliners: CNX -2.4%, RRC -2.1%.
- Refiners are among energy stocks bucking the sector's downward trend: VLO +0.7%, TSO +0.9%, PSX +0.6%, MPC +0.8%, WNR +1.5%, HFC +2.3%, ALJ +2.9%.
Aug. 1, 2013, 5:00 PM
Jul. 23, 2013, 3:49 PMTesoro's (TSO +1.6%) proposal to build a 120K bbl/day crude-by-rail complex at the Port of Vancouver in Washington gains approval from the port’s board of commissioners. TSO's proposal comes amid increased scrutiny over crude-by-rail projects after a train hauling crude rolled from its parking spot earlier this month and crashed in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. | Jul. 23, 2013, 3:49 PM | Comment!
Jul. 19, 2013, 2:07 PM"The spread is dead," Global Hunter proclaims, as WTI crude (USO) rises above Brent (BNO) for the first time in nearly three years two days after the EIA reported a third consecutive weekly supply decline. Some analysts say a WTI premium may be here to stay, supported by a relatively better outlook for the U.S. economy and falling stockpiles. Brent meanwhile, may struggle amid receding geopolitical risks and global macroeconomic weakness. Refiners: ALDW -0.34%, CVI -0.22%, TSO +1.64%, HFC + 3.29%, MPC +1.32%, NTI -0.41%, DK +3.36%. | Jul. 19, 2013, 2:07 PM | 17 Comments
Jul. 16, 2013, 1:13 PMEnergy (XLE -1.1%) is the worst performing S&P sector today with refiners taking the biggest hit following Marathon Petroleum's (MPC -4.9%) profit warning, which came on the heels of Valero's (VLO -2%) warning a few days ago as higher oil prices alongside flattish product pricing isn't a great combination. Others: Phillips 66 (PSX -3.3%), Tesoro (TSO -2.6%). | Jul. 16, 2013, 1:13 PM | Comment!
Jul. 12, 2013, 11:07 AMValero Energy (VLO +3.8%) has recouped early losses following a disappointing Q2 update and is making new highs for the day, as downside guidance apparently was priced in. Most refining peers also are higher: ALJ +3.7%, WNR +3.6%, HFC +3.5%, TSO +3.2%, CVI +2.9%, ALDW +2.6%, MPC +2.6%, PSX +2.5%, DK +1.8%, CVRR +1.7%, NTI +1.7%. | Jul. 12, 2013, 11:07 AM | 9 Comments
Jul. 11, 2013, 6:18 PMShares of oil refiners are trading lower after Valero (VLO) said it expects Q2 earnings to come in below current estimates. VLO -4.1% AH to ~$33, and several refining peers also are lower: NTI -2.9%, ALJ -2.9%, WNR -2.6%, HFC -2.5%, TSO -2.4%, MPC -2.1%, PSX -1.8%. | Jul. 11, 2013, 6:18 PM | 2 Comments
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