Valero’s Q4 results saved by profits from ethanol unit

In Texas, operating profits of $126 million from its ethanol unit during the fourth quarter, up from a loss of $13 million the previous year, helped Valero to offset losses at its refining unit thanks to higher crushing margins and low corn prices. Refining margins fell by more than $2.50 a barrel between Q4 2015 and Q4 2016. Increased profits helped boost net income attributable to shareholders to 81 cents per share from 62 cents the previous year.

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