By Stephen Nakrosis
Rising oil prices are driving the stocks of energy production companies higher on Wednesday.
Benchmark Brent crude rose around 4% on Wednesday, and oil prices on the Nymex are also up more than 4% in Wednesday's market as of 1:47 p.m. ET.
Among the oil and natural gas producers rising the most are Antero Resources Corp, whose shares are up 10.44% to $3.55; Range Resources, up 6.64% at $3.93; EQT, trading 5.34% higher at $10.55; and Southwestern Energy, up 6.7% to $1.74.
QEP Resources shares are up 7.22% to trade at $3.78 and SM Energy shares have risen 4.79% to trade at $9.51.
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