The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights:Exxon Mobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Valero Energy and Tesoro

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights:Exxon Mobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Valero
                              Energy and Tesoro

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Nov. 27, 2012

CHICAGO, Nov. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ announces the list of stocks
featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts
discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets.
Stocks recently featured in the blog include Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE:XOM),
Chevron Corp. (NYSE:CVX), ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP), Valero Energy Corp.
(NYSE:VLO) and Tesoro Corp. (NYSE:TSO).


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Here are highlights from Monday's Analyst Blog:

U.S. Crude, Fuel Supplies Fall

The U.S. Energy Department's weekly inventory release showed that crude
stockpiles logged a surprise decline, as imports fell. The report further
revealed that refined product inventories – gasoline and distillate –
decreased from their previous week levels. Meanwhile, refiners scaled up their
utilization rates by 1.5%.

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) Petroleum Status Report,
containing data of the previous week ending Friday, outlines information
regarding the weekly change in petroleum inventories held and produced by the
U.S., both locally and abroad.

The report provides an overview of the level of reserves and their movements,
thereby helping investors understand the demand/supply dynamics of petroleum
products. It is an indicator of current oil prices and volatility that affect
the businesses of companies engaged in the oil and refining industry, such as
Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE:XOM), Chevron Corp. (NYSE:CVX), ConocoPhillips
(NYSE:COP), Valero Energy Corp. (NYSE:VLO) and Tesoro Corp. (NYSE:TSO).

Analysis of the Data

Crude Oil: The federal government's EIA report revealed that crude inventories
fell by 1.47 million barrels for the week ending November 16, 2012, following
a climb of 1.09 million barrels in the previous week.

The analysts surveyed by Platts had expected oil stocks to go up some 1
million barrels. An uptick in refinery utilization rates and lower imports led
to the stockpile drawdown with the world's biggest oil consumer.

However, crude inventories at the Cushing terminal in Oklahoma – the key
delivery hub for U.S. crude futures traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange
– jumped 1.47 million barrels from the previous week's level to 45.15 million
barrels. Stocks are currently just under the all-time high of 47.78 million
barrels reached in June.

At 374.47 million barrels, current crude supplies are 13.2% above the
year-earlier level, and comfortably exceed the upper limit of the average for
this time of the year. The crude supply cover was down from 25.5 days in the
previous week to 25.4 days. In the year-ago period, the supply cover was 22.6

Gasoline: Supplies of gasoline were down for the second time in as many weeks
despite domestic consumption declining marginally. The fall in gasoline
inventories could be attributed to plummeting Gulf Coast stocks.

The 1.55 million barrels drop – compared to analyst projections for a 1.25
million barrels increase in supply level – took gasoline stockpiles down to
200.39 million barrels. As a result of this decrease, the existing inventory
level of the most widely used petroleum product is now 4.4% off the
year-earlier levels and is in the lower half of the average range.

Distillate: Distillate fuel supplies (including diesel and heating oil)
dropped by 2.67 million barrels last week, much higher than analysts'
expectations for a 1 million barrels decrease in inventory level. The sharp
decline in distillate fuel stocks – the ninth in 10 weeks – could be
attributed to stronger demand and lower imports, partially offset by higher

At 112.84 million barrels, distillate supplies are 15.2% below the year-ago
level and are well under the lower limit of the average range for this time of
the year.

Refinery Rates: Refinery utilization was up 1.5% from the prior week to 87.5%.
The analysts were expecting the refinery run rate to go up by 0.7%.

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