BUZZ-Oil and gas companies: Crude rises as U.S. inventory falls

Wed Dec 23, 2015 10:25am EST
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** Shares of oil and gas producers and related companies up as Brent rises for 1st time in 6 days and West Texas Intermediate up for 2nd straight day

** Oil prices rise on Wednesday, underpinned by unexpected fall in U.S. crude inventories, but still close to multi-year lows as supplies remain abundant and OPEC lowers demand outlook for its exports

** Brent crude up 2.5 pct at $36.98/bbl, U.S. crude up 2.7 pct at $37.11/bbl at 10:20 a.m. ET

** Chevron Corp up 2.3 pct and Exxon Mobil Corp up 1.5 pct, among top gainers on Dow Jones industrial average

** Big exploration and production companies: Royal Dutch Shell Plc up 4.6 pct, BP Plc up 3.8 pct, ConocoPhillips up 3.3 pct

** Top gainers: Linn Energy LLC up 18 pct, Memorial Production Partners LP up 18.5 pct, Sanchez Energy Corp up 7.2 pct

** Oilfield service providers: Seventy Seven Energy Inc up 6.5 pct, Basic Energy Services Inc up 4.5 pct, Superior Energy Services Inc up 3.3 pct

** Contract drillers: Seadrill Ltd up 5.1 pct, Atwood Oceanics Inc up 4.3 pct, Transocean Ltd up 2.7 pct