Crude futures settle higher but energy stocks trade lower
The S&P 500 is up 0.9% and continues to trade above the 4400 level. One last look at the sector performances shows communication services (+2.7%) firmly in the lead with a 2.7% gain, followed by the consumer staples (+1.3%), utilities (+1.1%), and health care (+1.1%) sectors. The energy (-0.3%) and financials (-0.1%) sectors trade slightly lower. WTI crude futures settled higher by 0.2%, or $0.17, to $72.09/bbl.