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Tickers in this Article: TGA, CHK, XEC, ANR, INT, YPF, SPH
After the morning's trading, the Nasdaq is unchanged, the S&P 500 has slipped 0.2% and the Dow has fallen 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.

On a quiet day for the market overall so far, the Energy sector (XLE) has slipped 0.7% and its biggest movers are currently:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
TransGlobe Energy Corporation (Nasdaq:TGA)$812.1 million+11.2%
Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK)$13.35 billion-7%
Cimarex (NYSE:XEC)$5.09 billion+6.4%
Alpha Natural Resources, Inc (NYSE:ANR)$1.95 billion+6.1%
World Fuel (NYSE:INT)$2.57 billion+6%
YPF SA (NYSE:YPF)$4.13 billion+4.6%
Suburban Propane Partners (NYSE:SPH)$2.11 billion-3.8%
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TransGlobe Energy Corporation (Nasdaq:TGA) is currently at $12.24 per share after a dramatic increase of 11.2%. At 215,393 shares, the company's volume so far today is 3.6 times its current daily average.

Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK) is currently trading at a share price of $18.66, a 7% decline. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 15 million shares.

Cimarex (NYSE:XEC) is currently trading at $63.05 per share, a 6.4% increase. With 733,195 shares changing hands so far today, the company's volume is 0.9 times its average over the past three months.

Alpha Natural Resources, Inc (NYSE:ANR) has increased to a share price of $9.40, a 6.1% rise. The company's volume for the day so far is 18.5 million shares.

World Fuel (NYSE:INT) has risen 6% to hit a current price of $37.87 per share. At 282,980 shares, the company's volume so far today is 1.1 times the average daily volume.

After an increase of 4.6%, YPF SA (NYSE:YPF) has reached a current price of $10.98. So far today, the company's volume is 171,565 shares.

Suburban Propane Partners (NYSE:SPH) has fallen 3.8% and is currently trading at $40.78 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 288,386 shares, 1.3 times the current three-month average.

The Bottom Line The nature of the market is such that stocks will have good days and bad days. Daily stock performance should be weighed against historical performance and put in context of the market overall. However, these fundamental metrics must be analyzed with historic data, industry information in addition to firm specific financial statements.

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