Western Canada Select (WCS) crude oil’s discount versus benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) widened on Wednesday as the new monthly trading cycle began:

* WCS for March delivery in Hardisty, Alberta, was $22.90 a barrel below WTI, according to brokerage CalRock, after trading below the benchmark at $22.55 a barrel earlier in the day.

* Canadian heavy crude is stabilizing after decelerating in the second half of last year as a number of factors including US strategic…

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