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What: Shares of Western Refining
So what: Oil is up big again today, rising more than 3%, and has put pressure on refiners. Another big refiner, Valero Energy
Now what: Oil has been cruising higher recently on hopes that Europe will get its act together and the economy will start growing again. Higher oil prices means refiners squeeze less profit from each gallon of gas, and profits will in turn be lower. I don't think oil is done running higher, and therefore I would avoid buying refiner stocks right now.
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