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Midwest Refinery Turnarounds Widen WTI-WCS Spread

Although the spread between the price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil and Western Canada Select (WCS) has narrowed considerably in 2013, a rash of maintenance-related refinery turnarounds in the second Petroleum Administration for Defense District (PADD 2) have caused this price differential to increase in recent weeks.

Near-Term Oversupply to Put LNG Tankers’ Day-Rates under Pressure

Specialized vessels that transport liquefied natural gas (LNG) have been one of the lone bright spots in the marine-transport industry, thanks to rising demand in China and other emerging markets and a upsurge in Japanese imports in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. But the day-rates earned by these vessels will come under pressure in the near term.

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