With crude oil futures jumping 2%, energy stocks (XLE +2.4%) sprint ahead to take a strong lead...

|By:, SA News Editor

With crude oil futures jumping 2%, energy stocks (XLE +2.4%) sprint ahead to take a strong lead in early trading, led by the likes of El Paso (EP +7.4%), Halliburton (HAL +3.2%), Hess (HES +2.5%) and Murphy Oil (MUR +2.9%). Conversely, healthcare stocks (IHF -0.9%) are the weakest sector, dragged down by Medtronic (MDT -3.2%) after its disappointing quarter.