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The S&P 500 Index in November 2017: What You Should Know

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How the Energy Sector Performed in November 2017

Energy sector

The energy sector had a strong performance in November 2017. The Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE), which tracks the performance of the energy sector, rose 1.7% in November 2017. On a year-to-date basis, it has fallen 5.8% as of November 30, 2017.

How the Energy Sector Performed in November 2017

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In spite of rising crude oil prices, XLE fell last month. However, WTI (West Texas Intermediate) crude oil active futures contracts rose 5.5% in November 2017. Rising crude oil prices mainly drove investor sentiment for the energy sector that month.

Factors that drove crude oil movement in November

The fall in US crude oil (USO) inventories in the last few weeks and the Keystone pipeline’s operation postponement between November 16 and November 28, 2017, mainly drove crude oil. The pipeline resumed operations on November 28, 2017. In that period, WTI crude oil futures rose 4.8%. The continuation of both Russia’s and OPEC’s (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) production cut decision through December 2018 also supported crude oil movement.

Major holdings of the energy sector

Major holdings of XLE include ExxonMobil (XOM), Chevron (CVX), and Schlumberger (SLB). They returned 0.8%, 3.6%, and -1.7%, respectively, in November 2017.

For more information, be sure to read A Look at Warren Buffett’s Stock Picks in 3Q17.

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