Sector Update: Energy Lower; Shell Sells Finland, Sweden Operations to St1 for $640M

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Dow Jones U.S. Oil & Gas Index: 509.16 Tuesday regular session close

NYMEX Benchmark Crude: -0.84 (-1.00%) to 82.82

Top Energy Stocks

XOM: -0.63%

CVX: -0.06%

SLB: -0.52%

OXY: 0.00%

COP: -0.34%

Energy issues are lower before the bell as oil prices fall amid concerns about U.S. crude stockpiles. Total SA ( TOT ) too is down over 1% pre-market on the NYSE even though France's oil refinery workers agreed to go back to work at three of the country's 12 refineries. Energy Minister Jean-Louis Borloo said that 80% of the country's service stations should be back in business Wednesday. Royal Dutch Shell plc (RDSA) will sell its Finnish and Swedish operations to Finland's privately held St1 for $640 million. St1 produces biofuel and runs gas stations across Scandinavia and currently purchases some of its oil from Norway's Statoil ASA ( STL ) and ExxonMobil Corp ( XOM ).



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Referenced Stocks: STL , TOT , XOM

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