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What: Shares of oil refiner CVR Energy
So what: This was the second 10% spike in the past week or so, the first being fueled by a fantastic earnings report. The trigger event is more somber this time: The earthquake in Japan damaged the refining operations in one of the oil-thirstiest economies in the world and sent rival refinery stocks soaring -- led by CVR Energy.
Now what: The move may seem counter-intuitive -- after all, hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico usually send oil prices higher rather than lower, and this situation doesn't look very different. But we Yankees produce and refine much of our own oil, while Japan has to import most of what it needs, and this calamity may lower the Japanese demand for the end product. Refining profit margins, also known as crack spreads, are rising across the board today, and rivals Western Refining
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