Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Chevron (CVX) (COP) (XOM) (PBR) (APC) Close Down as Oil Rallies Late in the Session

A late rally for oil prices wasn't enough to bolster giant oil stocks like Chevron (NYSE:CVX), ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP), Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM), Petrobras (NYSE:PBR) and Anadarko (NYSE:APC), which all closed down on Tuesday.

Other energy giants like BP (NYSE:BP), Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO) and Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) did manage to close in positive territory.

Crude for July delivery settled at $99.09 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, the first positive close in three days, gaining 8 cents. Earlier in trading the contract was down as low as $97.74. Oil is up by about 39 percent over the last year.

Brent crude for July delivery jumped $2.30, or 2 percent, to $116.78 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange.

The U.S dollar weakened against the euro, with the euro reaching $1.4696. The dollar also fell against the Swiss franc to 0.8327. Against a basket of major currencies the dollar declined to 73.506.

Even with the collapsing dollar it wasn't enough to have a significant impact because of the offsetting effect of the assumption OPEC will boost production, and an anemic economy is expected to reduce demand.

The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 19.15 points, or 0.16 percent, to close at 12,070.81. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index fell 1.23 points, or 0.10 percent, to close at 1,284.94. The Nasdaq Composite Index declined 1.00 point, or 0.04 percent, to end the session at 2,701.56.

Anadarko closed Tuesday at $73.74, down $1.01, or 1.35 percent. Petrobras ended the day at $32.64, falling $0.34, or 1.03 percent. Exxon Mobil closed at $80.00, declining $0.29, or 0.36 percent. ConocoPhillips ended at $70.87, dropping $0.05, or 0.07 percent. Chevron closed at $99.47, losing $0.21, or 0.21 percent.

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