A major reason is the Western Canadian Select price differential
The above chart plots the performance of the U.S. and Canadian energy sectors since the March, 2009 low. I am using two ETFs as a representation of the sectors: XLE – Energy Select Sector SPDR and XEG – S&P/TSX Capped Energy Index Fund. XLE gained 118% since the the March, 2009 low compared to a gain of 54% for XEG.
The divergence between the between the U.S. energy sector (XLE) and the Canadian energy sector (XEG) is evident on the above chart since late 2011. The major reason for the divergence is the crude oil price differential for Western Canadian Select caused in part by pipeline constraints.
Relevant articles picked from the Web
- East Coast looks to lure oil money as Alberta discounts bite — FP — February 15, 2013
- The implications of the price differential for Western Canadian Select — January 30, 2013
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