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Tickers in this Article: MUR, CLMT, SDT, HES, PXD, OIS, EOG
The market is on the rise this morning. The Nasdaq is up 1.1%; the S&P 500 is up 1%; and the Dow has climbed 1%. 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.

Outperforming the market overall, the Energy sector (XLE) is up 1.7% and its biggest movers so far today are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Murphy (NYSE:MUR)$11.46 billion+7.4%
Calumet Specialty Products Partners (Nasdaq:CLMT)$1.67 billion+6.6%
Sandridge Mississippian Trust (NYSE:SDT)$644.8 million-6.4%
Hess (NYSE:HES)$18.08 billion+3.7%
Pioneer Natural Res (NYSE:PXD)$12.98 billion+3.7%
Oil States International (NYSE:OIS)$4.09 billion+3%
EOG (NYSE:EOG)$29.77 billion+2.9%
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Rising 7.4%, Murphy (NYSE:MUR) is currently trading at $63.36 per share. The company's volume is currently four million shares. Yesterday, volume was only 1.6 million shares.

After rising 6.6%, Calumet Specialty Products Partners (Nasdaq:CLMT) is currently trading at a share price of $30.99. So far today, the company's volume is 486,256 shares, 0.9 times its current three-month average.

Sandridge Mississippian Trust (NYSE:SDT) is trading at $21.55 per share, down 6.4%. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 716,036 shares.

Increasing 3.7%, Hess (NYSE:HES) is trading at $54.90 per share. The company's volume is currently 1.9 million shares for the day, 0.7 times the current daily average.

Pioneer Natural Res (NYSE:PXD) has risen 3.7% and is currently trading at $109.36 per share. The company is trading at a volume of 852,126 shares. This is on pace to reach yesterday's trading volume of 1.5 million shares.

Oil States International (NYSE:OIS) is at $76.96 per share after an increase of 3%. At 174,469 shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.3 times the average volume over the last three months.

EOG (NYSE:EOG) is up 2.9% to reach a current price of $113.43 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 712,074 shares.

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. 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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