China Petroleum & Chemical Corp and Other Oil and Gas Operations Stocks Making Big Moves on October 17, 2012

By Investopedia Staff | October 17, 2012 AAA

Currently, the Nasdaq has moved little, the S&P 500 has climbed 0.3% and the Dow has been relatively flat.

The biggest movers in the Oil and Gas Operations sector (DIG) (+1.8%) are:

Company Market Cap Percentage Change
BP Prudhoe Bay (NYSE:BPT) $1.78 billion +3.5%
China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (NYSE:SNP) $88.3 billion +2.6%
Cimarex (NYSE:XEC) $5.33 billion +2.5%
Solazyme (Nasdaq:SZYM) $609.3 million -2.1%
Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN) $24.86 billion +2%
Anadarko (NYSE:APC) $35.39 billion +2%
Murphy (NYSE:MUR) $12.38 billion -1.7%

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BP Prudhoe Bay (NYSE:BPT) has increased to a share price of $86.20, a 3.5% rise. The company's volume for the day so far is 145,489 shares.

Increasing 2.6%, China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (NYSE:SNP) is trading at $104.35 per share. At 50,970 shares, the company's volume so far today is in line with the current daily average.

Cimarex (NYSE:XEC) is at $63.58 per share after an increase of 2.5%. So far today, 245,615 shares of the company's stock have changed hands. This is on pace to fall short of yesterday's volume of 663,563 shares.

Solazyme (Nasdaq:SZYM) has decreased to $9.84 per share, a 2.1% fall. The company's volume is currently 68,415 shares for the day, 0.2 times the current three-month average.

After an increase of 2%, Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN) has reached a current price of $62.69. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 882,387 shares.

Anadarko (NYSE:APC) has risen 2% and is currently trading at $72.21 per share. The company's volume is currently 991,372 shares for the day, 0.4 times the average daily volume.

Murphy (NYSE:MUR) is trading at $62.66 per share, down 1.7%. So far today, the company's volume is 2.1 million shares. This is on pace to fall short of yesterday's volume of 9.2 million 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. However, these fundamental metrics must be analyzed with historic data, industry information in addition to firm specific financial statements.

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