UPDATE 1-RESEARCH ALERT-Goldman raises US refiners to attractive

venerdì 14 dicembre 2007 16:26

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 Dec 14 (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs said it raised its rating
on U.S. refiners to "attractive" from "neutral," following
additional underperformance of the group versus the energy
sector and S&P 500 .SPX index.
 "Refining margins and refining equities we think look very
inexpensive currently versus crude oil prices and crude oil
leveraged energy equities," the brokerage said in a research
 Goldman also added Holly Corp HOC.N and CVR Energy Inc
(CVI.N: Quotazione) to its Americas buy list, saying it has favorable view
on the companies' Mid-Continent asset positioning, their
management team, and organic growth potential.
 The two companies joined the existing "buy"-rated refiners
Sunoco Inc (SUN.N: Quotazione) and Valero Energy Corp (VLO.N: Quotazione) as well as
the refining-leveraged integrated oil Marathon Oil Corp
(MRO.N: Quotazione), it said.
 It also raised its price target on CVR to $31 from $27 and
maintained $63 price target on Holly.
 The brokerage also removed Murphy Oil Corp (MUR.N: Quotazione) from the
list on the basis of a less favorable relative valuation.
  (Reporting by Purwa Khandelwal in Bangalore; Editing by
Amitha Rajan, Anil D'Silva)