February 24, 2011 08:12 ET

Equity Research on Valero Energy Corp. and Tesoro Corporation -- Refiners Hurt by Quick Jump in Crude Oil Prices

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Oil prices are moving up again and $100 barrels may not be too far away. In fact, in Europe, the Brent crude benchmark is already at $108 a barrel. In the US, the crude oil benchmark is the West Texas Intermediate which had crude oil at around $94 in Tuesday trading. This significant gap between the two is uncommon as they typically are within about a percentage point of each other. is the Ultimate Trading Environment for investors. If you are considering owning Valero Energy Corp. and Tesoro Corporation then you should sign up for a free membership and our complimentary reports today at Over the last 5 years our returns outpaced any of the major indexes. Shine's performance in 2005 was +14%, 2006 + 26%, 2007 +99%, 2008 + 355% and 2009 + 46%. Sign up today to find out what you are missing. 

The divide between the WTI and the Brent is causing problems for refiners which are paying Brent prices but operating in WTI markets. Visit to see how companies in this industry have grown over the past years and how they are expected to perform in the future.

Oil refiners like Valero Energy Corp. and Tesoro Corporation saw their share prices head south this week partially due to oil prices rising faster than gas and diesel prices. Refiners rely on a healthy gap between the two for strong revenues. According to the Energy Information Administration, gas prices in the week ending February 14th, were only up less than a cent over the prior week. Tesoro Corporation and Valero Energy Corp. reports are accessible for free by registering today at or

Moving forward, an easing of tensions in the Middle East could bring oil prices down or at the very least prevent them from continuing to go up. Either way, it appears that refiners will be able to resume previous operating margins when gas and diesel prices catch up to crude oil. However, greater gas and diesel prices, regardless of the price gap between them and crude oil, often lead to lower sales at the pump. 

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