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Sector Update: Energy Shares Keep High Ground; Crude Backs Off, Ends in Red

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NYMEX Benchmark Crude September: (-0.4%) to $85.38

Top Energy Stocks

XOM: +0.8%

CVX: +1.7%

COP: +0.4%

SLB: +0.5%

OXY: +0.4%

Energy shares keep high ground even as crude oil futures back off from positive territory late in the session. The September contract finished down 0.4%.

Light, sweet crude oil for September delivery finished down 0.4% to $85.38 a barrel. In other energy futures, heating oil was up 0.82% to $2.92 a gallon while natural gas was down 0.88% to $4.07 per million British thermal units.

In energy ETFs, the United States Oil Fund ( USO ) is down 0.3% to $33.20. The United States Natural Gas ETF ( UNG ) is down 1.35% at $10.26.

In late-session energy news, Transocean ( RIG ) is up 2.42% to $55.07 a share after being upgraded to "outperform" from "market perform" at Raymond James.

Also, shares of ConocoPhillips ( COP ) are higher as Bloomberg reports the company said an oil leak in an oil rig platform owned by the oil major and China National Offshore Oil in Bonhai Bay off the coast of China.

ConocoPhillips shares are up 0.43%, or $0.28, to $65.80.

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