Energy Stocks Mostly Up As Crude Oil, Gas Trading Higher; XOM and CVX Near Yr Highs, But PostRock Energy Turns Negative

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Energy stocks are mostly higher today with the NYSE Energy Sector Index rising about 1.1% and the S&P Energy Index climbing 1.2%. Crude oil for November delivery is up 38 cents at $92.57 a barrel. November natural gas is up 11 cents at $3.43 a share.

In company news, PostRock Energy ( PSTR ) shares are now down about 0.6% at $1.70 apiece - above a day low $1.67 and a day high $1.88 at the open - after the company late Friday sold its KPC Pipeline, a 1,120-mile interstate pipeline transporting natural gas from northern Oklahoma and western Kansas to Wichita and Kansas City, to MV Pipelines, LLC for $53.5 million in cash.

Under the agreement, PSTR may receive additional payments of $1 million a year over each of the next four years if KPC's EBITDA exceeds a target amount. The sale is subject to a working capital adjustment. The sellers also will be place $100,000 in escrow pending cleanup of a former KPC site.

After deducting for about $2 million in estimated transaction costs, the company will record a loss on the sale of about $6 million. Net proceeds from the sale will be used to repay borrowings under the PSTR's credit facility.

In other sector news,

(+) RIG. (+4.1%) Brazilian court overturns an injunction threatening to halt off-shore drilling by the rig operator, accepting arguments an injunction would have caused billions of dollars in lost revenue for the government and the state-led oil firm Petrobras ( PRB ).

(+) GDP, (+3.4%) Closed on $95-million sale of non-core properties in the South Henderson field in eastern Texas to Memorial Resource Development LCC.

(-) IOC, (-0.3%, turns negative) Begins drilling on the Antelope-3 appraisal well in Petroleum Retention License 15 in Papua New Guinea.

(+) RDS-A, (+0.4%) Shut down its Bonny oil pipeline in Nigeria, deferring about 150,000 barrels of daily production after oil thieves set fire to the 28-inch trunkline.

(-) PVA, (-2%) Closes on new five-year, $300-million senior secured revolving credit facility. Accordion feature allows for up to $300 million more of borrowing capacity.

(-) NOG, (-2.6%) Company President Ryan Gilbertson resigns, effective Oct. 1, but will continue as advisor to the board of directors through October 2014.



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