Thursday, August 2, 2012

"Refineries Continue to Run at High Levels in the Central United States" (WNR; MPC; TSO)

From the Energy Information Administration:
While the well-publicized growth in U.S. tight oil production has the potential to significantly alter long-standing relationships in international crude oil markets, domestic price divergences resulting from this growth have already had a major impact on the U.S. refining sector. Monthly data for May from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) confirm two trends: U.S. refineries continue to run at high levels, and disparities in the regional economics of the U.S. refining market persist. U.S. refineries have run 330,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) (2.3 percent) more crude oil year-to-date through May in 2012 compared to 2011 (Figure 1). This increase in crude runs has been concentrated in the Midwest, Gulf Coast, and Rocky Mountain regions, areas which have access to discounted land-locked crude oils or which have refineries with substantial upgrading capacity....MUCH MORE
And from Investors Business Daily: 
Marathon Petroleum and Western Refining Benefiting From Increased Margins in 2012
The Oil & Gas Refining & Marketing Industry has soared in 2012 as result of falling commodity prices. U.S. oil prices have fallen 11 percent since early April, while the S&P Oil & Gas Refining Index has soared over 35 percent, outperforming the S&P 500 Index by a large margin. "The U.S. refiners are benefiting by having the cheaper oil," says energy analyst Andy Lipow. "It all comes down to the raw material." Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the Oil & Gas Refining & Marketing Industry and provides equity research on Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC) and Western Refining, Inc. (WNR). ...MORE