During trading today, both the Energy sector (XLE) and the S&P500 showed little movement.

As a proxy for the sector, the ETF tracked closer to the overall market today than over the past month. Entering today's trading, XLE was up 8% over the last thirty trading days while the S&P 500 climbed 3.7%.

Increasing 9.5% (+$3.37) to close at $38.87, Tesoro (TSO) was a major gainer in the sector. Today, 15.2 million shares traded hands. The stock traded in a range of $36.57 to $39.23.

Mcmoran Exploration (MMR) was a major loser in the sector. Its price dropped 6% (-84 cents) to close at $13.16, as three million shares moved. The stock traded between $13.01 and $14.05.

Walter Energy (WLT) declined 4% to close at $37.33, moving below its 50-day moving average of $38.46 and 200-day moving average of $52.74. Solazyme (SZYM) climbed 5% to close at $12.43, moving past its 200-day moving average of $12.29.

Dawson Geophysical Company (DWSN) rose 2.4% to close at $21.74, approaching its 50-day moving average of $22.77. It has also moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $27.96. Contango Oil & Gas Company (MCF) fell 1.9% to close at $58.89, moving closer to its 50-day moving average of $58.09. Also, the stock moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $57.81.