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Crude oil prices declined over the past week but it was far from a steady decline. Monday witnessed a slight decline in the prices, Tuesday proved to be rather volatile but overall Tuesday delivered a gain in crude, Wednesday and into mid-Thursday saw a sharp increase in oil prices, followed by a plunge. On Friday, crude prices were volatile but the close was relatively close to the open. The overall market, as measured by the S&P 500 index, delivered a different performance. The index was flat on Monday then began a slow but steady decline for the next three days. The market rallied on Friday but it was not enough to bring the index back up to Monday's opening price. This had different effects on the six foreign integrated oil and gas stocks that I track in this weekly series but, overall, all the companies were affected negatively (except one).

Statoil (NYSE:STO) opened at $25.12 on August 20, 2012. The stock closed at $25.16 in after hours trading on August 24, 2012. Stockholders in the company thus profited from a gain of $0.04 per ADR share or 0.16% over the week. Statoil opened at $24.09 on July 30, 2012. This gives the stock a trailing four-week gain of $1.03 or 4.28%. Statoil continued its exploration success this week with the discovery of oil at Geitungen offshore Norway. Additionally, the company could potentially be plagued by the possibility of a second strike in two months as oil services workers break off wage talks. This could ultimately end the same way that the first strike did… with the intervention of the Norwegian government.

STO 5-Day Chart

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STO 4-Week Chart

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BP plc (NYSE:BP) opened the week at $42.63. The stock closed at $42.19 in after hours trading on August 24. This gives BP shareholders a loss of $0.44 or 1.03% over the week. BP opened at $41.82 on July 30. Thus, shareholders of BP stock profited from a gain of $0.37 or 0.88% over the trailing four-week period. BP went ex-dividend on August 8. Thus, shareholders of the company will be receiving a dividend payment of $0.48 per share held. BP shareholders thus saw a total gain of $0.85 or 2.03% over the trailing four-week period when the dividend is considered. BP has begun evacuating its workers from the Thunder Horse platform in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico due to fears of Tropical Storm Isaac potentially becoming a hurricane and heading into the Gulf. This will adversely affect BP's production until the platform is restarted.

BP 5-Day Chart

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BP 4-Week Chart

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Total S.A. (NYSE:TOT) opened on August 20 at $49.69 per share. The stock closed at $49.11 in after hours trading on August 24. This gives ADR shareholders a loss of $0.58 or 1.17% for the week. Total opened on July 30 at $45.72. Thus, stockholders have seen a gain of $3.39 or 7.41% over the past four weeks.

TOT 5-Day Chart

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TOT 4-Week Chart

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Suncor (NYSE:SU) opened on August 20 at $32.65. The stock closed at $31.74 in after hours trading on August 24. This gives the stock a loss of $0.91 or 2.79% for the week. The stock opened on July 30, 2012 at $31.55. Thus, Suncor stock has seen a gain of $0.19 or 0.60% over the trailing four week period. Suncor will go ex-dividend this week on August 30. Shareholders as of that date will receive a dividend payment of $0.13.

SU 5-Day Chart

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SU 4-Week Chart

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Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS.A) opened at $70.42 on August 20, 2012. The stock closed at $70.35 in after hours trading on Friday, August 24. Shareholders thus suffered a loss of $0.07 or 0.01% for the week. The stock opened at $67.54 on July 30, 2012. Shareholders thus experienced a gain of $2.81 per share or 4.16% over the trailing four-week period. Royal Dutch Shell went ex-dividend on August 8, 2012. Shareholders as of that date will receive a dividend payment of $0.86 per share. This increases the trailing four-week total return to $3.67 or 5.43% when the dividend is considered. Like BP, Royal Dutch Shell has also begun evacuating personnel from the Gulf of Mexico ahead of Isaac. The company will also see its production adversely affected until operations at the evacuated fields are restarted.

RDS.A 5-Day Chart

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RDS.A 4-Week Chart

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Eni (NYSE:E) opened at $43.99 on August 20. The stock closed at $43.46 in after hours trading on Friday, August 24. Shareholders thus incurred a loss of $0.53 or 1.22% for the week. The stock opened at $40.94 on July 30, 2012. Shareholders thus profited from a gain of $2.52 per share or 6.16% over the trailing four-week period.

E 5-Day Chart

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E 4-Week Chart

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Norway's Statoil was the best performing stock of these six over the past week and the only one to return a gain to its stockholders. All five of the remaining oil and gas companies delivered a loss to its owners. Of these, Royal Dutch Shell remained nearly perfectly flat and so delivered the smallest loss. Last week, Canada's Suncor was the best performing stock of these six. This week, it is the worst. This reinforces the fact that this stock is more volatile than the others that are followed in this weekly series. All six of these companies delivered gains to investors over the trailing four-week period. Of these, Total delivered the largest percentage gain and Suncor Energy delivered the worst.

Source: Weekly Performance Update On 6 Foreign Integrated Oil And Gas Stocks