Updated with recent stock and contract price movement.



) -- Oil futures continued marching in the morning, passing the $71 mark after surging late last week.

Light, sweet crude for September delivery put on another $1.97 on Monday morning, coming to $71.42 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Friday, the front-month contract for benchmark crude settled at $69.45 after gaining $2.51.

More than a few news reports are attributing the movement up on investor confidence about global economic recovery, particularly in manufacturing. Earlier today, a report showed manufacturing in China increased in July. Later today, the Institute for Supply Management will release U.S. manufacturing statistics, with most anticipating the data to show improving conditions.

Many will be watching

Marathon Oil

(MRO) - Get Report

closely today, as the energy concern is set to report second-quarter earnings. Last week, all of the oil majors reporting earnings showed steep profit slumps based on demand problems and drooping commodity prices compared to last summer's astronomical highs.

This morning, shares of the integrated oil and gas operation were up 35 cents, or 1.1%, at $32.60.

Murphy Oil

(MUR) - Get Report

will be reporting earnings later this week. Shares were gaining 95 cents, or 1.6%, at $59.15.

Tomorrow, oil servicer

Cameron International


will be posting its quarterly results. Shares were bidding at $32.23, up $1 or 3.2%.

Other companies around the energy sector expected to report today include

Anadarko Petroleum

(APC) - Get Report


Chesapeake Energy

(CHK) - Get Report

, which saw shares tracking up 3.5% and 3.8%, respectively, today.

-- Reported by Sung Moss in New York.

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