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  Senior Management Jumping Ship at Logistics

Effective June 23, 2010, Bruce Davis, Jr. will resign as vice president, general counsel and secretary of Sunoco. Deborah Fretz also announced that she will retire from the position of President and CEO. With management changing in their logistic segment, it is uncertain what new leadership will do with one of Sunoco's more profitable segments.

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  Uses costly sweet crude

Sunoco uses sweet crude, which is a costly raw material as compared to sour crude. Thus, it has a higher cost of production as compared to some its competitors such as Valero.

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  Prone to risk of natural disasters

As with other companies operating in this sector, Sunoco is prone to the risk of natural calamities such as hurricanes, which have the potential to damage its refineries and disrupt production.

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  Faces litigation over environmental pollution

Sunoco faced some litigation for causing environmental pollution due to the use of MBTE in the U.S. As a result, retaining investor confidence will be a challenge for the company.

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