Shares of Noblejumped as oil prices hit a new high for 2009 even though the offshore drilling contractor is being removed from the S&P 500.
Noble is relocating its headquarters to Switzerland, making it ineligible to be included in the index.
Shares of Noble closed 6.17 percent higher Thursday as oil prices surged above $51 a barrel. The shares have been as high as $68.99 in the past year.
The company said Tuesday that shareholders have approved switching the company's incorporation from the Cayman Islands.