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Sector Update: Energy Shares Down; Crude Slips Under $87 a Barrel

NYMEX Benchmark Crude September: (-1.34%) to $86.70

Top Energy Stocks

XOM: -1.1%

CVX: -0.7%

COP: -1.5%

SLB: -1.1%

OXY: -1.7%

Energy shares are down in mid-day trading while crude oil futures are falling back after two sessions of gains to trade under $87 a barrel.

Light, sweet crude for September delivery is trading up 2.9% to $87.88 a barrel. In other energy futures, heating oil is down 0.01% to $2.94 a gallon while natural gas is down 1.81% to $3.95 per million British thermal units.

In energy ETFs, the United States Oil Fund ( USO ) is down 1.64% to $33.66. The United States Natural Gas ETF ( UNG ) is down 1.97% at $9.96.

In mid-day news, Statoil ( STO ) is up 1.94% to $23.09 after the Associated Press reported that the Aldous and Avaldsnes oil discoveries together contain between 500 million and 1.2 billion barrels of oil equivalent - a great deal more than previously thought.

Statoil owns a 40% stake in both discoveries.

Meanwhile, ADRs of BP plc ( BP ) are down after Bloomberg reported that the British oil major replaced its head of strategy in an effort to support its share price following the Gulf of Mexico oil spill last year.

Former Deutsche Bank oil analyst Fergus MacLeod took over the strategy team from Ian Smale at the beginning of last month, the report said.

BP ADRs are down 1.97%, or $0.82, to $40.83.

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