5 Stocks on the Rise in the Energy Sector: SDRL, ESV, PXD, COG, HOC

Through early trading, these stocks are helping the Energy (NYSE:XLE) sector. Long time Wall St. Cheat Sheet readers know to watch stock prices because Technicals on the Stock Chart are Strong’ is one of the ‘T’s in our CHEAT SHEET investing framework.

Seadrill Limited (NYSE:SDRL) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $32.18, up 16 cents (+0.7%) from the previous close of $31.96. Seadrill Limited, an offshore drilling contractor, provides drilling and well services to the oil and gas industries worldwide. The company also offers platform drilling, well intervention, and engineering services.

Stock Price Performance: From August 19, 2011, to September 19, 2011, the stock price had risen $3.96 (14.2%) from $27.87 to $31.83. It saw one of its worst periods between July 26, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 6.8% (-$2.37). The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 24, 2011 and July 5, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 8.4% (+$2.71).

Ensco plc (NYSE:ESV) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $48.26, up 51 cents (+1.1%) from the previous close of $47.75. Ensco PLC provides of offshore contract drilling services to the international oil and gas industry.

Stock Price Performance: From August 22, 2011, to September 20, 2011, the stock price had risen $6.23 (15%) from $41.52 to $47.75. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between August 25, 2011 and September 1, 2011 when shares rose for six straight trading days, rising 12.2% (+$5.26). It saw one of its worst periods between August 1, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 24.3% (-$12.85).

Pioneer Natural Resources Company (NYSE:PXD) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $76.48, up 25 cents (+0.3%) from the previous close of $76.28. Pioneer Natural Resources Co. is an oil and gas exploration and production company operating in the United States, South Africa and Tunisia.

Stock Price Performance: From July 25, 2011, to September 20, 2011, the stock price had fallen $22.12 (-22.5%) from $98.40 to $76.28. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 28, 2010 and November 11, 2010 when shares rose for 11 straight trading days, rising 12.8% (+$8.85). It saw one of its worst periods between August 15, 2011 and August 22, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 11.4% (-$9.16).

Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (NYSE:COG) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $71.67, up 54 cents (+0.4%) from the previous close of $71.40. Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation is an independent company engaged in the development, exploitation and exploration of oil and gas properties in North America.

Stock Price Performance: From June 24, 2011, to September 20, 2011, the stock price had risen $9.98 (16.2%) from $61.42 to $71.40. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 28, 2010 and November 11, 2010 when shares rose for 11 straight trading days, rising 24.9% (+$7.01). It saw one of its worst periods between August 1, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 21.2% (-$15.96).

Holly Corporation (NYSE:HOC) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $30.97, up 30 cents (+1%) from the previous close of $30.67. Holly Corp is mainly an independent petroleum refiner which produces high value light products such as gasoline, diesel fuel and jet fuel.

Stock Price Performance: From May 4, 2011, to June 30, 2011, the stock price had risen $17.30 (33.2%) from $52.10 to $69.40. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 25, 2011 and February 8, 2011 when shares rose for 11 straight trading days, rising 30.7% (+$12.98). It saw one of its worst periods between April 5, 2011 and April 12, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 10.6% (-$6.86).