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Tickers in this Article: IOC, SDRL, NE, SWN, PXD, SNP, EQT
Currently, the Nasdaq has slipped 0.5%, the S&P 500 is trading down 0.3% and the Dow has remained steady. 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 0.3% and its biggest movers are currently:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
InterOil Corporation (NYSE:IOC).64 billion-4.5%
SeaDrill (NYSE:SDRL).16 billion-4.5%
Noble (NYSE:NE).66 billion+3.9%
Southwestern Energy (NYSE:SWN).26 billion-2.4%
Pioneer Natural Res (NYSE:PXD).92 billion-1.9%
China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (NYSE:SNP).98 billion+1.8%
EQT (NYSE:EQT).88 billion-1.8%
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InterOil Corporation (NYSE:IOC) is down 4.5% to reach $52.19 per share. So far today, 496,733 shares have changed hands.

Currently trading at $37.04 per share, SeaDrill (NYSE:SDRL) has fallen 4.5%. At 1.2 million shares, the company's volume so far today is in line with the current daily average.

After an increase of 3.9%, Noble (NYSE:NE) has reached a current price of $35.58. The company's volume is currently 2.7 million shares.

Falling 2.4%, Southwestern Energy (NYSE:SWN) is currently at a share price of $34.14. The company's volume is currently 1.2 million shares for the day, 0.3 times its average over the past three months.

Pioneer Natural Res (NYSE:PXD) has decreased to $102.79 per share, a 1.9% fall. The company is currently trading a volume of 383,216 shares.

China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (NYSE:SNP) has moved up 1.8% and is currently trading at $106.72 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 13,231 shares, 0.3 times the average daily volume.

Slipping 1.8%, EQT (NYSE:EQT) is currently trading at $58.31 per share. So far today, 757,341 shares of the company's stock have changed hands. This is about the same trading activity as there was yesterday.

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. 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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