While the S&P 500 grew 0.5%, the Energy sector (XLE) showed little movement during trading today.

Although it went in the opposite direction of the market today, the ETF tracked closer to the overall market today than over the past month. Entering today's trading, XLE was down 3.7% over the last thirty trading days while the S&P 500 was down 0.1%.

James River Coal Company (JRCC) was a major loser in the sector, falling 14.7% (-43 cents) to close at $2.49 with 3.5 million shares moving. The stock traded between $2.27 and $2.72.

Mid-Con Energy Partners (MCEP) was a major gainer in the sector, rising 7.4% (+$1.40) to close at $20.40 with 17,115 shares moving. The stock traded in a range of $19.44 to $20.40. Bill Barrett Corporation (BBG) also gained today, climbing 87 cents (+5.1%) to close at $17.85.

Venoco (VQ) declined 2.3% to close at $10.06, moving below its 50-day moving average of $10.21 and 200-day moving average of $10.10.

Martin Midstream Partners L.P (MMLP) rose 3.4% to close at $31.62, getting closer to its 200-day moving average or $33.83.

ATP Oil & Gas Corporation (ATPG) hit a new 52-week low today, hitting $2.78 to fall below the previous low of $3.38.