Energy shares are higher in mid-day trading while crude oil futures top $2 a barrel at the New York Mercantile Exchange. Light, sweet crude oil for October delivery traded up 2.37% to $87.40 a barrel. In energy ETFs, the United States Oil Fund ( USO ) is up 2.41% to $33.95. The United States Natural Gas ETF ( UNG ) is down 2.18% to $9.66. In mid-day energy news, Cimarex Energy ( XEC ) shares are higher after the company said its board of directors has appointed a new chief executive officer and a new chief operating officer as part of the company's succession plan. Thomas E. Jorden has been named President and CEO, while Joseph R. Albi was named COO. Both have also been appointed to the company's Board of Directors.
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