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Tickers in this Article: SM, BRY, BBG, SFY, WPX, ROSE, SNP
The market is on the rise this morning. The Nasdaq is up 1.5%; the S&P 500 is trading up 1.1%; and the Dow has increased 1.1%.

The Oil and Gas Operations sector (DIG) is up 0.7%, underperforming the market overall. The biggest movers in the sector are currently:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
SM (NYSE:SM)$3.51 billion+12.1%
Berry Petroleum (NYSE:BRY)$2.09 billion-9.9%
Bill (NYSE:BBG)$1.1 billion-7.9%
Swift Energy (NYSE:SFY)$716.6 million-7.2%
WPX Energy (NYSE:WPX)$3.37 billion-5.6%
Rosetta Resources (Nasdaq:ROSE)$2.43 billion+4.8%
China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (NYSE:SNP)$91.34 billion+4.1%
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SM (NYSE:SM) rose a significant 12.1% to reach $60.46 per share. The company's volume is currently 1.8 million shares. This is greater than yesterday's volume of 1.3 million shares.

Berry Petroleum (NYSE:BRY) has decreased to $34.70 per share, a 9.9% fall. The company's volume for the day so far is 1.1 million shares, 1.7 times its current three-month average.

Bill (NYSE:BBG) has fallen 7.9% and is currently trading at $21.09 per share. So far today, 1.7 million shares have changed hands.

At $15.50, Swift Energy (NYSE:SFY) has slipped 7.2%. At 1.1 million shares, the company's volume so far today is 1.7 times its current daily average.

WPX Energy (NYSE:WPX) has decreased to $15.98 per share, a 5.6% fall. The company is trading at a volume of 3.9 million shares. Yesterday's volume was only 2.3 million shares.

Increasing 4.8%, Rosetta Resources (Nasdaq:ROSE) is trading at $48.26 per share. With 366,586 shares changing hands so far today, the company's volume is consistent with its average over the last three months.

China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (NYSE:SNP) has moved up 4.1% and is currently trading at $109.48 per share. The company is currently trading a volume of 58,287 shares.

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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