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Tickers in this Article: ERF, ALJ, SDT, MCEP, BCEI, IOC, FGP
The market has been doing well after the morning's trading. The Nasdaq is trading up 0.9%; the S&P 500 has moved up 0.5%; and the Dow has increased 0.2%.

Underperforming the market overall, the Oil and Gas Operations sector (DIG) is up 0.9%, and these are its current biggest movers:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Enerplus Corp (NYSE:ERF)$2.97 billion-12.4%
Alon USA Energy (NYSE:ALJ)$838.2 million+5.6%
Sandridge Mississippian Trust (NYSE:SDT)$530.6 million-5.1%
Mid-Con Energy (Nasdaq:MCEP)$504.5 million-5%
Bonanza Creek Energy (NYSE:BCEI)$939.9 million-4.8%
InterOil Corporation (NYSE:IOC)$3.12 billion+3.9%
Ferrellgas Partners (NYSE:FGP)$1.4 billion-3.5%
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After a precipitous drop of 12.4%, Enerplus Corp (NYSE:ERF) is now trading at a share price of $13.15. So far today, the company's volume is 2.7 million shares.

Increasing 5.6%, Alon USA Energy (NYSE:ALJ) is trading at $14.45 per share. At 212,428 shares, the company's volume so far today is consistent with its current three-month average.

Sandridge Mississippian Trust (NYSE:SDT) has fallen 5.1% and is currently trading at $17.98 per share. So far today, 363,772 shares of the company's stock have changed hands.

Currently trading at $20.35 per share, Mid-Con Energy (Nasdaq:MCEP) has fallen 5%. The company's volume is currently 120,436 shares for the day, 1.1 times the current daily average.

Falling 4.8%, Bonanza Creek Energy (NYSE:BCEI) is currently at a share price of $22.36. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 435,212 shares.

InterOil Corporation (NYSE:IOC) is at $67.10 per share after an increase of 3.9%. The company's volume is currently 313,714 shares for the day, in keeping with the average volume over the past three months.

At $17.15, Ferrellgas Partners (NYSE:FGP) has slipped 3.5%. The company is trading at a volume of 170,508 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. 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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