The Energy sector (XLE) held steady during a trading day that saw the S&P 500 grow 0.9%.

Gulfport Energy Corporation (GPOR) was a significant gainer in the sector, rising 10.8%. The stock closed at $18.34 with 1.9 million shares moving. The stock traded in a range of $16.71 to $18.51. Bill Barrett Corporation (BBG) also gained today, climbing $1.82 (+10.2%) to close at $19.67.

Range Resources (RRC) climbed 4.9% to close at $62.63, moving past its 200-day moving average of $61.25. Gastar Exploration (GST) declined 1.5% to close at $1.93, moving below its 50-day moving average of $1.95 and 200-day moving average of $2.63.

EV Energy Partners L.P (EVEP) rose 9.8% to close at $48.89, approaching its 50-day moving average of $51.98. It has also moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $62.59. NGL Energy Partners (NGL) fell 0.8% to close at $22.10, moving down to 1.5% above its 200-day moving average of $21.77.

CAMAC Energy (CAK) was one of the sector's big losers, as its price dropped 7.7% (-5 cents) to close at 58 cents. 296,159 shares of the stock moved. The stock traded in a range of 56 cents to 64 cents.

Samson Oil \x26 Gas (SSN) hit a new 52-week low today, hitting $1 to fall below the previous low of $1.10.