HollyFrontier announced second-quarter earnings last week and calmly beat analyst estimates with $2.39 EPS, but the company's margins and cash-generating abilities are what get investors' mouths watering. With an abundant supply of West Texas intermediate crude oil, HollyFrontier posts one of the highest operating margins in the industry at 13.6%. Check out the video below for more performance metrics and an insight into the second half of HFC's 2012.
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