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Tickers in this Article: XEC, SM, UNT, EQT, TLP, APC, APA
The Nasdaq has slipped 0.2%, the S&P 500 has decreased 0.3% and the Dow is trading down 0.4% on a bad morning for the market. The energy sector is the category of stocks that relate to producing or supplying energy. This sector includes companies involved in the exploration and development of oil or gas reserves, oil and gas drilling, or integrated power firms. Performance in the sector is largely driven by the supply and demand for worldwide energy. Energy producers will do very well during times of high oil and gas prices, but will earn less when the value of energy drops. Furthermore, this sector is sensitive to political events, which historically have driven changes in the price of oil.

The Energy sector (XLE) is currently lagging behind the overall market, down 0.8%, and its current biggest movers are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Cimarex (NYSE:XEC)$5.11 billion-3.2%
SM (NYSE:SM)$3.56 billion-2.7%
Unit (NYSE:UNT)$2.24 billion-2.2%
EQT (NYSE:EQT)$8.99 billion-1.6%
TransMontaigne Partners (NYSE:TLP)$537.1 million+1.5%
Anadarko (NYSE:APC)$37.88 billion-1.5%
Apache (NYSE:APA)$31.3 billion-1.4%
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Cimarex (NYSE:XEC) is trading at $57.30 per share, down 3.2%. This morning, 123,757 shares have been traded, lighter than yesterday's volume of 1.5 million shares.

Currently trading at $52.52 per share, SM (NYSE:SM) has fallen 2.7%. The company's volume for the day so far is 118,020 shares. This is 0.1 times the average volume over the last three months.

Falling 2.2%, Unit (NYSE:UNT) is currently at a share price of $45.15. So far today, the company's volume is 42,820 shares, 0.1 times its current daily average.

Currently trading at $59.17 per share, EQT (NYSE:EQT) has fallen 1.6%. The company's volume for the day so far is 330,615 shares.

TransMontaigne Partners (NYSE:TLP) is currently trading at $37.40 per share, a 1.5% increase. The company's volume is currently 10,693 shares for the day, on pace to reach yesterday's volume of 26,494 shares.

After a decline of 1.5%, Anadarko (NYSE:APC) has hit a share price of $74.69. So far today, the company's volume is 681,813 shares. This is 0.2 times the current three-month average.

At $78.87, Apache (NYSE:APA) has slipped 1.4%. The company's volume is currently 743,439 shares for the day, 0.2 times the average daily volume.

The Bottom Line The nature of the market is such that stocks will have good days and bad days. It is important to weigh current activity against historical performance when making any investment decisions. Tools like valuation ratios and profit margins, however, are only as useful as the context you put them in; remember to take historical data and competitor performance into account.

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