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Tickers in this Article: KWK, ALJ, AREX, EOG, PWE, TSO, CVI
So far today, the Nasdaq has remained steady, the S&P 500 has climbed 0.4% and the Dow is up 0.6%. 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) has increased 0.9% so far today and here are its biggest movers:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Quicksilver Resources (NYSE:KWK)$641.7 million-13.7%
Alon USA Energy (NYSE:ALJ)$730.6 million+11.8%
Approach Resources (Nasdaq:AREX)$1 billion-6.4%
EOG (NYSE:EOG)$31.54 billion+4.7%
Penn West Petroleum Ltd (NYSE:PWE)$5.57 billion-4%
Tesoro (NYSE:TSO)$5.19 billion+3.9%
CVR Energy (NYSE:CVI)$3.11 billion+3.9%
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Taking a 13.7% hit, Quicksilver Resources (NYSE:KWK) is currently trading at $3.20 per share. The company's volume for the morning is 5.1 million shares. This is two times its average daily volume.

Alon USA Energy (NYSE:ALJ) is currently at $14.45 per share after a dramatic increase of 11.8%. At 337,510 shares, the company's volume so far today is 1.2 times the current three-month average.

Approach Resources (Nasdaq:AREX) is down 6.4% to reach $24.13 per share. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 830,022 shares.

Increasing 4.7%, EOG (NYSE:EOG) is trading at $122.25 per share. This morning, 2.2 million shares have been traded, which is more trading activity than there was yesterday.

Penn West Petroleum Ltd (NYSE:PWE) has fallen 4% and is currently trading at $11.21 per share. This morning, the company's volume is 2.9 million shares. This is 1.5 times the average daily volume.

Tesoro (NYSE:TSO) has increased to a share price of $38.38, a 3.9% rise. The company's volume for the day so far is 1.2 million shares, 0.3 times its current three-month average.

Rising 3.9%, CVR Energy (NYSE:CVI) is currently trading at $37.18 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 96,735 shares.

The Bottom Line The nature of the market is such that stocks will have good days and bad days. 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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