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According to Marc Pinsonneault, analyst at National Bank of Canada, the Canadian oil and gas extraction industry is facing the best prices since 2014 that could lead to juicy profits.

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“According to Statistics Canada, oil and gas extraction and support activities realized on the Canadian territory experienced an operating loss of C$163 million in Q1 2018, following a C$125 million gain in Q4 2017.”

“This loss was mostly related to the enlargement of the light-heavy oil price differential (WTI-WCS spread), which reached US$25.73 on average in the first quarter.”

“When movements in the USDCAD exchange rate are factored in, the WCS price expressed in Canadian dollars is averaging C$66.29 so far in Q2, almost C$20 above Q1 level of C$47.00 in Q1. The last time we saw such a favorable WCS price was in Q3 2014, when the Canadian industry generated a multi-billion-dollar operating profit.”