Energy sector stocks on the S&P 500 I:GSPC  index were running up the charts Wednesday, led by the likes of Murphy Oil (MUR) - Get Report, Newfield Exploration (NFX) and Chesapeake Exploration (CHK) - Get Report.

The sector was up nearly 2% as a whole by Wednesday's closing bell with integrated oil majors Chevron (CVX) - Get Report and ExxonMobil (XOM) - Get Report both up about 0.5%, and oil and natural gas production companies up more than 2% on average, according to Factset. 

The rally comes as the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported U.S. crude oil stockpiles fell by 5.2 million barrels in the week ended Oct. 14. 

The larger-than-expected inventory drop sent West Texas Intermediate crude futures to a one-year high of $51.89 on Wednesday afternoon. 

WTI crude contracts for November delivery were trading up about 2.2% at $51.41 by market close Wednesday. Global benchmark Brent crude contracts were also up about 1.7% to $52.55 around 4 p.m. 

The market's biggest winners were Murphy, up 4%; Newfield, up 3.9%; Marathon Oil (MRO) - Get Reportup 3.2%, Chesapeake, up 3.1%; and Apache  (APA) - Get Report, up 2.8% by the closing bell. 

Natural gas-levered players Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) - Get Report and Southwestern Energy (SWN) - Get Reportwere down as natural gas prices fell more than 2% by the end of the trading day. 

In contrast, independent oil and petroleum product refiners were slumping Wednesday afternoon as the EIA reported total motor gasoline inventories increased by 2.5 million barrels week-over-week. 

Tesoro (TSO) and Valero Energy (VLO) - Get Report were the S&P 500's biggest refinery losers on the day with losses of 2% and 1.7%, respectively.

Warren Buffett-darling Phillips 66 (PSX) - Get Report was the only refiner in the green in the S&P 500 by Wednesday's close, up a fraction of a percent. 

Meanwhile, an unexpected third quarter profit reported Wednesday by oilfield services provider Halliburton (HAL) - Get Reportbrought its stock up more than 4% and with it the company's respective sector.

Industry-leading Schlumberger (SLB) - Get Report (reporting third quarter earnings Thursday) and smaller competitor Baker Hughes (BHI) were propped up 2.5% and 2.4%, respectively, on their peer's good tidings.

With the help of solid energy and industrial sector performances, the S&P 500 index finished Wednesday trading up 0.22%. 

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