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Tickers in this Article: NFX, FTI, CAM, CWEI, SXL, IHS, CLMT
Currently, the Nasdaq remains relatively unchanged, the S&P 500 has moved up 0.1% and the Dow is up 0.3%. 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) has risen 0.3% overall, and these are the biggest movers in the sector so far:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Newfield Exploration (NYSE:NFX)$4.5 billion-10.1%
FMC (NYSE:FTI)$10.28 billion-5.7%
Cameron International (NYSE:CAM)$13.13 billion-4.2%
Clayton Williams Energy (Nasdaq:CWEI)$548.6 million-3%
Sunoco Logistics Partners (NYSE:SXL)$5.11 billion+2.5%
IHS (NYSE:IHS)$5.85 billion-2.1%
Calumet Specialty Products Partners (Nasdaq:CLMT)$1.81 billion+1.9%
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Shares of Newfield Exploration (NYSE:NFX) are currently trading at $29.95, a steep decline of 10.1%. So far today, the company's volume is 6.2 million shares.

After a decline of 5.7%, FMC (NYSE:FTI) has hit a share price of $40.67. The company's volume is currently 1.9 million shares for the day, 1.3 times the average daily volume.

Cameron International (NYSE:CAM) has decreased to $51.08 per share, a 4.2% fall. So far today, 2.6 million shares of the company's stock have changed hands. Yesterday's volume was only 2.1 million shares.

Clayton Williams Energy (Nasdaq:CWEI) is trading at $43.75 per share, down 3%. So far today, the company's volume is 18,805 shares, consistent with its average over the last three months.

Sunoco Logistics Partners (NYSE:SXL) has risen 2.5% to hit a current price of $50.60 per share. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 29,033 shares.

At $86.89, IHS (NYSE:IHS) has slipped 2.1%. The company's volume is currently 208,580 shares for the day, consistent with its current daily average.

Calumet Specialty Products Partners (Nasdaq:CLMT) is at $32.00 per share after an increase of 1.9%. The company's volume is currently 76,695 shares. This is a sign that there will be less trading activity than there was yesterday.

The Bottom Line The nature of the market is such that stocks will have good days and bad days. Paying close attention to the previous ratios will help you identify key times to adjust your strategy. 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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