Forgive Canada’s oil-sands producers for the whiplash. After seeing Western Canada Select crude climb during the first half of 2018, producers have since watched the price plummet by more than 50 percent as increasing output ran into pipeline bottlenecks and maintenance downtime at U.S. refineries. How they’re coping with that rollercoaster ride will loom large as they report third-quarter earnings, starting with Husky Energy Inc. Thursday. Here’s what to watch for: How much are producers actually getting for their oil? The dire situation in Canada — with a barrel selling for little more than $20 in Hardisty, Alberta — doesn’t tell the whole story. While the local benchmark has taken a beating, the heavy-crude that reaches the U.S. Gulf Coast has occasionally traded there at a premium to West Texas Intermediate, according to AltaCorp Capital analyst Nicholas Lupick. That means […]