In the week ending October 5, upstream energy stocks rose for the fourth consecutive week. The SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF (XOP), which includes 56 upstream companies, rose 0.8% last week. XOP’s gains could be attributed to the rise in commodity prices. US natural gas rose 4.3% last week and ended at $3.14 per MMBtu (million British thermal units). Read Natural Gas Is at an Eight-Month High: What’s Next? for an update on natural gas.