The morning has been good for the market. The Nasdaq has risen 2.3%; the S&P 500 is trading up 1.8%; and the Dow has moved up 1.9%. 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 1.1%, and these are its current biggest movers:

Company Market Cap Percentage Change
InterOil Corporation (NYSE:IOC) $2.68 billion +9.3%
NuStar GP (NYSE:NSH) $1.18 billion +6.5%
BP Prudhoe Bay (NYSE:BPT) $1.47 billion +4.7%
Buckeye Partners (NYSE:BPL) $4.46 billion +4.6%
NuStar Energy (NYSE:NS) $3.31 billion +4.5%
Alon USA Energy (NYSE:ALJ) $1.11 billion -4.3%
Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP) $9.77 billion +4.2%

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InterOil Corporation (NYSE:IOC) has moved up 9.3% and is currently trading at $60.69 per share. At 568,792 shares, the company's volume so far today is one times the current daily average.

NuStar GP (NYSE:NSH) has risen 6.5% to hit a current price of $29.47 per share. The company is trading at a volume of 72,667 shares. This is on pace to reach yesterday's trading volume of 176,727 shares.

BP Prudhoe Bay (NYSE:BPT) is up 4.7% to reach a current price of $71.76 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 133,976 shares, in keeping with its current three-month average.

Increasing 4.6%, Buckeye Partners (NYSE:BPL) is trading at $47.58 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 333,065 shares.

Rising 4.5%, NuStar Energy (NYSE:NS) is currently trading at $44.45 per share. At 152,411 shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.3 times the average daily volume.

At $17.32, Alon USA Energy (NYSE:ALJ) has slipped 4.3%. The company's volume is currently 661,143 shares. This is on pace to reach yesterday's trading volume of 1.6 million shares.

After rising 4.2%, Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP) is currently trading at a share price of $45.04. At 387,934 shares, the company's volume so far today is consistent with its current three-month average.

The Bottom Line On any given day, a particular stock may see positive or negative change in its share price. It is important to weigh current activity against historical performance when making any investment decisions. 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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