Phillips 66 Expects Modest Decline and 3 Hot Stocks to Follow

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Phillips 66 (NYSE:PSX) Chairman and Chief Executive Greg Garland predicted a more modest decline in refining profitability next year than does Deutsche Bank. Shares have soared by 52 percent since the company was spun off from ConocoPhillips in May.

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