Energy stocks were higher this afternoon, with the NYSE Energy Sector Index up 1.5% while the SPDR Energy Select Sector ETF (XLE) was up 2.6%. The Philadelphia Oil-Service Sector Index was up 2.7%, while the Dow Jones US Utilities Index was down 2.0% in last trade.

West Texas Intermediate crude rose $1.82 to $84.64 a barrel after the Energy Information Administration said commercial inventories fell 1.7 million barrels over the past seven days…



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