It's been a dramatic week for stock markets but oil prices have remained range-bound, with the price of a barrel of WTI crude drifting between $95 and $97. In London, the story has been similar -- Brent crude started the week at around $114 per barrel and looks likely to finish at a very similar level, after bouncing off a high of $116.62 and a low of $112.55.
Natural gas prices have proved less robust, though, touching a high of $2.88/mmbtu early in the week, before drifting down to around $2.68/mmbtu on Friday morning. All of this means investors in the United States Oil Fund
Oil prices have been high for much of this year, but some junior oil and gas shares have managed to outperform the market by a big margin, highlighting the potential benefits of investing in companies, rather than commodities. Here are three of the top climbers of late:
Gulf Keystone Petroleum
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