Sector Update: Energy Shares Higher at Session's Half; Crude Futures End Just Below $99


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NYMEX Benchmark Crude December: (+1.2%) to $98.99

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Energy shares are higher in mid-day trading while crude oil futures maintained positive territory into the close to end just below $99 a barrel.

Light, sweet crude oil for December delivery finished up 1.2% to $98.99 a barrel. In other energy futures, heating oil was up 1.75% to $3.15 a gallon while natural gas was down 0.08% to $3.64 per million British thermal units.

In energy ETFs, the United States Oil Fund ( USO ) is up 0.98% to $38.09. The United States Natural Gas ETF ( UNG ) is down 0.96% to $8.28.

In late-session energy news, ADRs of China Petroleum & Chemical ( SNP ) - known as Sinopec - are higher while Bloomberg reports that the refiner agreed to purchase a 30% stake in Galp Energia's unit in Brazil. The investment is Sinopec's second in offshore oil fields there in two years, the report said.

Sinopec will invest $5.2 billion in the unit.

ADRs are up 1.6%, or $1.68, to $105.86.

Meanwhile, shares of Exxon Mobil ( XOM ) are higher while the oil major reportedly signed a deal to explore for oil in Kurdistan, according to a MarketWatch report.

The region is in northern Iraq, which has been at odds with the Iraqi government, the report noted.

XOM shares are up 0.97%, or $0.76, to $79.46.

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