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Tickers in this Article: CLR, PXD, SM, EOG, APC, NOV, RRMS
It's been a bad day for the market after the morning's trading. The Nasdaq has fallen 0.3%; the S&P 500 has slipped 0.5%; and the Dow has declined 0.5%. 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 down 1.2%, underperforming the market overall. The current biggest movers in the sector are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Continental Resources (NYSE:CLR)$13.41 billion-2.4%
Pioneer Natural Res (NYSE:PXD)$12.93 billion-2.2%
SM (NYSE:SM)$3.41 billion-2.1%
EOG (NYSE:EOG)$32.95 billion-1.9%
Anadarko (NYSE:APC)$36.87 billion-1.7%
National Oilwell (NYSE:NOV)$28.59 billion-1.6%
Rose Rock (NYSE:RRMS)$511.8 million+1.6%
Broker Summary: TD Ameritrade Thinkorswim

Continental Resources (NYSE:CLR) is down 2.4% to reach $70.72 per share. At 223,657 shares, the company's volume so far today is lighter than yesterday's volume of 628,520 shares.

Falling 2.2%, Pioneer Natural Res (NYSE:PXD) is currently at a share price of $102.64. So far today, the company's volume is 312,650 shares. This is 0.4 times its average daily volume.

Currently trading at $50.58 per share, SM (NYSE:SM) has fallen 2.1%. The company's volume for the day so far is 213,377 shares, 0.2 times the current three-month average.

EOG (NYSE:EOG) has fallen 1.9% and is currently trading at $119.34 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 291,595 shares.

Anadarko (NYSE:APC) is trading at $72.52 per share, down 1.7%. The company's volume is currently 734,609 shares for the day, while it was 2.3 million shares yesterday.

At $65.89, National Oilwell (NYSE:NOV) has slipped 1.6%. This morning, the company's volume is 716,881 shares. This is 0.1 times the average daily volume.

Rising 1.6%, Rose Rock (NYSE:RRMS) is currently trading at $30.99 per share. At 2,016 shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.2 times the average volume over the last three months.

The Bottom Line No matter the economic climate, Wall Street will always have stocks that make major moves each week. Daily stock performance should be weighed against historical performance and put in context of the market overall. Keep in mind that all these ratios should be compared against historical numbers and industry information in order to get a more complete picture.

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