Oil and Gas Operations Stocks, Including Apache, Making Big Moves on December 6, 2012

By Investopedia Staff | December 06, 2012 AAA

The Nasdaq has climbed 0.7%, the S&P 500 has increased 0.3% and the Dow is up 0.3% on a good day for the market so far.

The Oil and Gas Operations sector (DIG) is up 0.2%, underperforming the market overall. The biggest movers in the sector are currently:

Company Market Cap Percentage Change
Rex (Nasdaq:REXX) $668.6 million +3%
Comstock Resources (NYSE:CRK) $776.4 million +2.7%
Cabot Oil & Gas (NYSE:COG) $10.02 billion +2.4%
Noble Energy (NYSE:NBL) $17.08 billion +2.3%
Hess (NYSE:HES) $16.9 billion -2%
Apache (NYSE:APA) $30.41 billion -1.8%
Plains Exploration & Production (NYSE:PXP) $5.74 billion -1.8%

Forex Broker Summary: Forex Capital Markets (FXCM)

After an increase of 3%, Rex (Nasdaq:REXX) has reached a current price of $13.03. The company is currently trading a volume of 162,313 shares.

Rising 2.7%, Comstock Resources (NYSE:CRK) is currently trading at $16.56 per share. At 192,963 shares, the company's volume so far today is which is likely to result in less activity than yesterday's volume of 938,692 shares.

Cabot Oil & Gas (NYSE:COG) has moved up 2.4% and is currently trading at $48.77 per share. So far today, 548,552 shares have changed hands. This is 0.2 times its current three-month average.

Noble Energy (NYSE:NBL) is currently trading at $98.25 per share, a 2.3% increase. So far today, the company's volume is 955,126 shares, 0.9 times its current daily average.

Hess (NYSE:HES) is currently trading at a share price of $48.48, a 2% decline. The company's volume for the day so far is one million shares.

Apache (NYSE:APA) is down 1.8% to reach $76.30 per share. The company's volume is currently 1.2 million shares for the day, lighter than yesterday's volume of 3.4 million shares.

Plains Exploration & Production (NYSE:PXP) has fallen 1.8% and is currently trading at $43.71 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 10.5 million shares. This is 1.3 times the average volume over the last three months.

The Bottom Line On any given day, a particular stock may see positive or negative change in its share price. 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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