High Priced Oil Winners

With Oil touching a new intraday record high price of $109.72 a barrel yesterday, which are the companies with the highest percentage gain year-to-date (YTD) in the S&P 500 Energy Sector?

Although the S&P 500 Energy Sector is down 5% YTD, the Oil & Gas Exploration and Production sub-sector has advanced 14% in the same period. The biggest winner in the Energy Sector and the S&P 500 Index has been EOG Resources . Six of the seven leading companies for the S&P 500 Energy Sector with the highest percentage gains in 2008 are part of the Oil & Gas Exploration and Production classification, except for Nabors Industries , which is part of the Oil & Gas Drilling category.

The Fast Money traders suggest considering XTO Energy and Chesapeake Energy as two interesting plays for the bullish trend in crude oil.

Top S&P 500 Energy Performers

Company Name
YTD % Change
6 Month % Change
EOG EOG Resources Inc 36.58% 68.53%
RRC Range Resources Corp 19.33% 50.74%
XTO XTO Energy Inc 18.93% 23.46%
NBR Nabors Industries Ltd 17.74% 4.81%
CHK Chesapeake Energy Corp 17.30% 30.40%
DVN Devon Energy Corp 16.81% 24.83%
APA Apache Corp 10.54% 31.99%