The market has been doing well after the morning's trading. The Nasdaq has moved up 0.5%; the S&P 500 has risen 0.6%; and the Dow has increased 0.5%. 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.

Underperforming the market overall, the Energy sector (XLE) is up 0.4%, and these are its current biggest movers:

CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Global (NYSE:GLP)$614.7 million+5.9%
Laredo Petroleum Holdings (NYSE:LPI)$2.28 billion-2.9%
Newfield Exploration (NYSE:NFX)$3.48 billion+2.6%
Walter Energy (NYSE:WLT)$2.33 billion-2.6%
Peabody Energy (NYSE:BTU)$7.43 billion-2.4%
World Fuel (NYSE:INT)$2.85 billion+1.9%
Western Refining (NYSE:WNR)$2.64 billion+1.9%
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Global (NYSE:GLP) is up 5.9% to reach a current price of $23.75 per share. So far today, 51,044 shares have changed hands. This is 1.2 times its current three-month average.

Currently trading at $17.27 per share, Laredo Petroleum Holdings (NYSE:LPI) has fallen 2.9%. At 701,471 shares, the company's volume so far today is 1.2 times its current daily average.

Newfield Exploration (NYSE:NFX) has increased to a share price of $26.41, a 2.6% rise. The company is currently trading a volume of 533,590 shares.

Slipping 2.6%, Walter Energy (NYSE:WLT) is currently trading at $36.24 per share. The company's volume is currently 1.4 million shares for the day, lighter than yesterday's volume of 3.9 million shares.

Peabody Energy (NYSE:BTU) has decreased to $26.99 per share, a 2.4% fall. The company is currently trading a volume of 2.5 million shares. This is 0.4 times the current three-month average.

World Fuel (NYSE:INT) has moved up 1.9% and is currently trading at $40.33 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 111,170 shares, in keeping with its current daily average.

Increasing 1.9%, Western Refining (NYSE:WNR) is trading at $30.40 per share. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 459,854 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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Tickers in this Article: GLP, LPI, NFX, WLT, BTU, INT, WNR

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