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Independent Oil and Gas Stocks Plunge Amid Oil Sell-Off

Independent Oil and Gas Stocks Plunge Amid Oil Sell-Off

Independent oil and gas stocks rewarded investors handsomely in the first quarter of 2019 as the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) kept supply tight and fears of a global economic slowdown eased on the back of optimism that a trade deal breakthrough between the United States and China was on the horizon. If the latest iteration of tariff slapping between the world's two largest economic superpowers wasn't enough to pressure oil prices, U.S. government data released Wednesday that revealed a surprise surge in crude inventories was. West Texas Intermediate crude for July delivery (F*CL.NYM) plunged 5.7% yesterday – its steepest single-day decline this year – sending the share prices of oil and gas producing companies into freefall amid its sell-off.