July 11, 2011 08:56 ET

Equity Research on Valero Energy Corp. and Western Refining Inc. -- Crude Oil Pricing Gaps Affect Refiners

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The second half of the year is historically difficult for oil and gas refiners. However, current market conditions suggest that several companies are capable of breaking that trend. Get your free reports on Valero Energy Corp. and Western Refining Inc. at There is no commitment to join. is the Ultimate Trading Environment for investors. If you are considering owning Valero Energy Corp. and Western Refining Inc. 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. Sign up today to find out what you are missing.

The current pricing spread between the Brent North Sea crude oil and the West Texas Intermediate oil has helped and hurt refiners. Typically, the price difference between the two is a couple of dollars, but in the past six months the gap as widened to as much as $20.

With a much wider gap between the two, the amount of exposure a refiner has to face, each price becomes significantly more important. Western Refining Inc. is able to buy cheaper oil from the midcontinent, but is able to capitalize on prices connected to the West Texas Intermediate. Western Refining Inc. report is accessible for free by registering today at

Companies like Valero Energy Corp. are much more exposed to Brent North Sea prices and are less capable of taking advantage of the current price gap. Valero Energy Corp. report is accessible for free by registering today at

Moving forward, despite the second half being traditionally weak, current market conditions may create growth opportunities for several refiners.

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