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Tickers in this Article: SDT, BBG, LUFK, SM, ACMP, CLR, OILT
The market is currently up, with the Nasdaq up 0.3%, the S&P 500 increasing 0.3% and the Dow moving 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) is down 0.4% on a good day for the market overall. The biggest movers in the sector so far are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Sandridge Mississippian Trust (NYSE:SDT)7.1 million-4.7%
Bill (NYSE:BBG).19 billion-3.9%
Lufkin Industries (Nasdaq:LUFK).82 billion-2.5%
SM (NYSE:SM).6 billion-1.9%
Chesapeake Midstream Partners (NYSE:ACMP).43 billion+1.8%
Continental Resources (NYSE:CLR).24 billion-1.7%
Oiltanking (NYSE:OILT)4.5 million+1.5%
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Sandridge Mississippian Trust (NYSE:SDT) has fallen 4.7% and is currently trading at $23.38 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 217,864 shares, one times the average volume over the last three months.

Bill (NYSE:BBG) is trading at $23.64 per share, down 3.9%. The company's volume for the day so far is 293,479 shares.

Lufkin Industries (Nasdaq:LUFK) is currently trading at a share price of $52.84, a 2.5% decline. At 74,516 shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.2 times the current daily average.

Falling 1.9%, SM (NYSE:SM) is currently at a share price of $54.13. The company's volume is currently 176,695 shares. This is on pace to fall short of yesterday's volume of 488,694 shares.

Chesapeake Midstream Partners (NYSE:ACMP) is currently trading at $37.33 per share, a 1.8% increase. The company's volume is currently 94,675 shares for the day, 0.3 times its average over the past three months.

At $77.25, Continental Resources (NYSE:CLR) has slipped 1.7%. So far today, 210,389 shares have changed hands.

Oiltanking (NYSE:OILT) is at $37.80 per share after an increase of 1.5%. At 9,120 shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.3 times its current daily average.

The Bottom Line No matter the economic climate, Wall Street will always have stocks that make major moves each week. 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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