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Investing Topics: Canadian Energy Stocks

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.

First Look: Learning from Earnings

Canadian stocks have underperformed this year, weighed down by a litany of challenges: oil and gas pipeline bottlenecks that have depressed price realizations for producers; a finance minister intent on squelching speculation in the real estate market; increasing competition for investment capital from the surging US market; and a worrisome wave of dividend cuts among former income trusts. Roger Conrad runs down what we’ve learned from first-quarter earnings thus far.

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