Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Sold Alon (ALJ) & Valero (VLO)

The news from Valero this morning caused a reassessment of my trading position in refiners.   I elected to sale ALJ at the market, soon after the opening, which order was filled at 9.37.  The position was bought at less than 7.    Refiners: ALJ and VLO  I also sold my small position in Valero at 21.14 bought at less than 17. I will keep Delek for now.  I view any position in a refiner as a trade, never a long term position.   I may be wrong but I can not help but have a negative view on refining margins now based on the Valero news.Reuters

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