Jun. 25, 2014, 12:47 PM
Jun. 25, 2014, 10:18 AM
- Refiners take a beating in early trading, as a lift of the ban on U.S. oil exports is expected to narrow the WTI-Brent spread, which could cause refiners' profits drop if they are forced to pay higher prices to compete with international buyers for U.S. crude.
- “We don’t think the current system needs to be changed,” Valero Energy tells Bloomberg.
- Yesterday's rulings gave Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD +2.6%) and Enterprise Products Partners (EPD +1.4%) permission to ship ultralight oil to foreign buyers - a narrow ruling, but one that is likely to spark similar requests from other companies, and increase lobbying for a full lifting of the 40-year-old ban on exporting crude oil.
- Refining stocks are broadly lower: VLO -7.4%, PBF -5.8%, MPC -5.7%, WNR -5.5%, DK -5.4%, HFC -4.6%, ALDW -4.6%, TSO -3.8%, NTI -3.5%, PSX -2.9%, ALJ -2.7%, CVI -2.3%.
May 15, 2014, 4:59 PM
- Oil refiners will be required to further curb air pollution from storage tanks, flares and heavy-oil processing equipment under proposed rules released today by the EPA.
- The proposed rules also would require refiners for the first time to measure concentrations of cancer-causing benzene at their fence lines and provide the data to the public.
- Top refiners include VLO, TSO, PSX, ALJ, MPC, WNR, HFC, CVI, DK and CLMT.
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Apr. 28, 2014, 12:45 PM
- Prices of U.S. crude grades such as West Texas Intermediate are starting to disconnect from Brent benchmark prices again, rebounding to ~$9/bbl two weeks after hitting a low for the year of less than $3.70.
- Stocks at the Cushing, Okla., hub have dropped by 16M barrels since late January but have jumped by 43M on the Gulf coast; overall, U.S. commercial crude oil inventories now stand at their highest level on record, according to Barclays.
- With the oil stuck there with nowhere to go, Gulf coast refiners can name their price - great for the likes of Valero Energy (VLO +1.9%), because they can then refine that oil into products such as gasoline that are allowable for export.
- Also today: PSX +0.9%, MPC +1.8%, HFC +0.7%, TSO +1.3%, CVI +0.9%, WNR +0.2%, PBF +1.1%, CLMT +2.3%, ALJ -1.2%.
- ETFs: USO, OIL, UCO, SCO, DTO, DBO, BNO, CRUD, USL, UWTI, DNO, DWTI, SZO, OLO, OLEM, TWTI
Mar. 26, 2014, 6:38 PM
- HollyFrontier (HFC) +1.2% AH as it announces plans to enter the mid-continent asphalt business in an attempt to expand its Southwest asphalt production and marketing business.
- A subsidiary of HFC is entering into a long term lease with NuStar GP Holdings (NSH) unit NuStar Logistics for the Port of Catoosa asphalt terminal, enabling HFC to begin supplying polymer modified and PG asphalts to the mid-continent market.
Mar. 17, 2014, 6:52 PM
- Pain for investors in refiners such as Valero (VLO), Tesoro (TSO), Phillips 66 (PSX), HollyFrontier (HFC) and Marathon Petroleum (MPC) may be ready to turn into gain, Barclays says as it sees the U.S. refining segment among the market’s best-performing groups over the next year or two.
- The firm thinks the narrow LLS-Brent differential during the past two months mostly has been due to poor weather affecting both production and the logistics necessary to transport the production to refineries.
- Barclays believes investors should overweight the entire U.S. refining industry, but particularly favors VLO, which is "best positioned to take advantage of the changing Gulf Coast crude oil landscape,” and TSO, when “investors start to shift their focus to relative underperformers within the refining sector.”
Mar. 5, 2014, 6:21 PM
- Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said at the CERAWeek conference this week that the oil industry has failed to make a convincing case for why the U.S. government should allow the export of domestic oil when the U.S. still imports 5M bbl/day.
- The statement should please America's refiners, who have enjoyed increased profits from buying U.S. oil on the cheap to produce products such as gasoline.
- At the same time, Moniz went further than before in suggesting the Obama administration could redo the economic analysis that underpins its decisions on exporting American natural gas.
- Moniz also dismissed speculation that the Obama administration has in mind a hard cap on possible natural gas exports.
- Refiners: PSX, MPC, HFC, VLO, TSO, WNR, NTI, DK, CLMT, ALJ, CVI.
Feb. 27, 2014, 3:46 PM
- Oil refiners are getting hit today as Brent crude falls to its lowest price in more than a week on rising tensions in Ukraine, shrinking the premium to West Texas crude to the narrowest level since October.
- Given Ukraine’s location, the country's situation obviously will impact Brent more than WTI; meanwhile, WTI’s losses are limited after U.S. government data yesterday showed crude supplies at Cushing, Okla., declining to a four-month low.
- Phillips 66 (PSX -2.8%) has dropped 3.5% YTD, while Delek US (DK -5.3%) has plunged 17%, Valero (VLO -4.3%) has slipped 3.8%, Holly Frontier (HFC -3.1%) has fallen 8.2% and Marathon Petroleum (MPC -4.4%) is off 8.5% in 2014.
- Other decliners today: TSO -1.5%, ALJ -5.4%, WNR -4.2%, CVI -3.4%, CLMT -0.7%.
- ETFs: USO, OIL, UCO, SCO, DBO, DTO, BNO, CRUD, USL, DNO, UWTI, SZO, DWTI, OLO, OLEM, TWTI
Feb. 25, 2014, 7:08 AM
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Feb. 19, 2014, 5:09 PM
- HollyFrontier Corp. (HFC) declares $0.30/share quarterly dividend, in line with previous.
- Forward yield 2.62%
- Payable March 28; for shareholders of record March 14; ex-div March 12.
- Additionally, the board declares special dividend of $0.50/share,Payable March 17; for shareholders of record March 5; ex-div March 3.
Jan. 23, 2014, 3:53 PM
- Bullish sentiment on U.S. refining has become increasingly consensus, but the reality is that refiner shares have caught up to near-term expectations, Raymond James says.
- Aside from general seasonality, the firm says it’s tough to paint a bullish picture for gasoline/diesel cracks amid the continued upward creep in global refining capacity; also, valuations are sitting near the top end of the historical range after the recent run-up in the sector.
- The firm sees little in the way of near-term catalysts to drive the next leg up in refining stocks during the historically weaker summer months.
- As a result, the firm cuts its ratings for Valero Energy (VLO -0.1%) to Outperform from Strong Buy, and Holly Frontier (HFC -1.3%), Delek US (DK -4.3%) and PBF Energy (PBF -0.8%) to Market Perform from Outperform; only “defensive, insulated” Phillips 66 (PSX -0.3%) gets an upgrade, to Outperform from Market Perform.
Jan. 6, 2014, 2:32 PM
- HollyFrontier (HFC +0.3%) is downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup based on valuation; the firm's price target remains $40.
- Citi points to Wider Group 3 and Rockies Basis as potential headwinds: “HFC serves these regions where the seasonality in product prices between winter and summer months has been more pronounced. Some of this is a result of more Gulf Coast products migrating into the Mid-continent as a result of higher utilization rates and limited export outlets for gasoline.”
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HollyFrontier Corp is an independent petroleum refiner. It produces high-value light products such as gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, specialty lubricant products, and specialty and modified asphalt. It operates in two segments; Refining and HEP.
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