Energy Stocks Higher; Riding Big Gains for Crude Oil, Other Commodities

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Top Energy Stocks

XOM +1%, hit year highs

CVX +0.6%, hit year highs

COP +1.2%

SLB +2.8%

OXY +2%

Energy stocks are broadly higher with the NYSE Energy Sector Index rising 1.7% and the S&P Energy Index adding 1.6%. Crude oil for October delivery is up 57 cents at $98.88 a barrel. October natural gas is down 8 cents at $2.95 per 1 million BTU.

In company news, Nexen Inc ( NXY ) are down fractionally today after four Republican U.S. senators voiced concerns over CNOOC Ltd's ( CEO ) proposed $15.1 billion buyout of the Canadian natural gas supplier. At last look, NXY shares are off about 0.2%. CEO ADRs are up about 4%.

In a letter to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, the senators said they were worried foreign national interests are mixing with profit motivation in the transaction. American officials have a say in the deal because NXY has substantial drilling operations in U.S.-governed portions of the Gulf of Mexico.

Two prominent Democrats - Sen. Charles Schumer of New York and Rep. Ed Markey of Massachusetts - previously have expressed their concerns over the transaction in letters to Geithner.

In other sector news,

(+) VQ, (+2%, near year highs) Extends deadline by an additional three days, or until Oct. 8, for the company to obtain the necessary financing to complete its going-private transaction.

(+) ORIG, (+0.3%) Prices $800 million offering of 6.5% senior secured notes due 2017 offered by Drill Rigs Holdings Inc. subsidiary at 99.469% of their face value. Offering was increased $50.0 million from its original announcement.

(+) OPTT, (+0.3%) Reports $0.42 a share Q1 net loss, or $0.10 wider than the consensus estimate. Revenues came in at $1 million, also trailing the $2 million analyst median. OPTT posted a $0.49 a share net loss on $1.9 million in revenue during the same three months last year.

(-) LEI, (-1%) Said gross production during the first two months of fiscal Q2 is up 22% over the prior quarter, reaching 439 barrels of oil per day.



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