Sector Update: Energy Mixed, BP Up Despite Growing Oil Spill Liabilities

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Dow Jones U.S. Oil & Gas Index: 522.70 Wednesday regular session close

NYMEX Benchmark Crude: +0.44 (+0.51%) to 87.34

Top Energy Stocks

XOM: +0.52%

CVX: -0.15%

SLB: -0.41%

OXY: -0.58%

COP: +0.10%

Energy issues are broadly mixed before the bell Friday, even as oil prices climb as business sentiment improves, even in Europe. BP ( BP ) continues to struggle dealing with the oil spill which is now expected to be worse than the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska. Still, BP shares are up about 0.6% pre-market, having closed down 8.34% Thursday. Coal miner James River Coal ( JRCC ) reported first quarter earnings that beat expectations on higher coal prices.



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Referenced Stocks: BP , JRCC

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