BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- The two biggest and four of the 10 largest gainers in the benchmark S&P 500 Index this year are in the oil and natural gas industry. Political instability among Middle Eastern oil countries and new drilling sites and technologies here at home are raising the prospects for growth.The top 10 performers had a 42% or better increase through Nov. 22, which has meant some backsliding and shuffling over the past few months, at least among the leaders. Oil and gas firms have been well-represented among the top performers in what has been a record year for volatility, which tends to sap returns.
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