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    opened lower on Monday as investors continued to fret about slowdown in China and the possibility that the Federal Reserve might increase interest rates in September. The main indexes were on track to record their biggest monthly declines since October 2008, at the height of the financial crisis. The S&P 500 opened 9 points, or 0.4% lower at 1,980. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 100 points, or 0.6%, to 16,541 at the open.

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    U.S. stock futures tumbled in early trade on Monday, partly due to comments that China's government will no longer support the stock market via big purchases of stock. Futures for the Dow industrials fell 182 points, or 1%, to 16,478, while those for the S&P 500 index dropped 21.70 points, or 1%, to 1,968. Futures for the Nasdaq 100 lost 41 points, or nearly 1%, to 4,292.50. Investors were also mulling over comments from the Federal Reserve's Jackson Hole Symposium over the weekend,.

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    ended August with the steepest monthly decline since 2010, after closing lower on Monday. The benchmark S&P 500 and Nasdaq ended August with the largest losses since 2012, after closing lower in a volatile session. Surging oil prices lifted energy stocks, but overall markets were weighed down by continued worries about China's slowing economy and the uncertainty over the timing of a rate increase by the Federal Reserve.

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    Shares of CONSOL Energy   closed up by 5.84% to $15.23 on Monday, as oil prices received a boost from lower production figures. After soaring to its biggest three-day gain since 1990, crude oil is higher by 7.12% to $48.45 per barrel this afternoon, and Brent crude is up by 6.45% to $53.28 per barrel, according to the CNBC.com index.

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     Chesapeake Energy stock closed higher by 5.07% to $6.36 on Monday afternoon, as oil prices increased following a revision of U.S. crude oil production estimates. WTI crude is up 7.85% to $48.77 per barrel, while Brent crude is gaining 6.95% to $53.53 per barrel, according to the CNBC.com index.

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    August may be over but the volatility that marred the month's trading is unlikely to subside as investors remain concerned about the health of China's economy and uncertain whether the Federal Reserve plans to raise interest rates next month or further down the road. Stocks closed sharply lower on Monday as benchmark indexes finished with their worst monthly losses since May 2012.

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    ConocoPhillips (COP) shares are up by 5.25% to $49.28 in afternoon trading on Monday, as oil prices rallied from their early dip today. Oil prices started the day off in negative territory, but industry standard Brent crude for October delivery is currently up 7.53% to $53.82 per barrel while West Texas crude for October delivery is up 8.03% to $48.85 per barrel.

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    Schlumberger shares are up 2.75% to $77.62 in afternoon trading on Monday, as the stock's rally mirrored that of crude prices today. Oil prices started the day off in negative territory, but industry standard Brent crude for October delivery is currently up 7.53% to $53.82 per barrel while West Texas crude for October delivery is up 8.03% to $48.85 per barrel.

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    Shares of Basic Energy Services   are increasing by 8.94% to $5.12 in late afternoon trading on Monday, after crude oil hit its biggest three-day percentage gain since 1990 today. After soaring by 8.8% earlier in the day, crude oil is higher by 7.72% to $48.71 per barrel this afternoon, and Brent crude is up by 7.13% to $53.62 per barrel, according to the CNBC.com index.

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    Shares of Halcon Resources (HK) were gaining by 7.6% to $1.13 on Monday afternoon, as oil prices spiked higher after losses earlier in the day, continuing the commodity's rally from last week. WTI crude oil for October delivery was up 8.03% to $48.85 a barrel Monday afternoon, and Brent crude oil for October delivery was up 7.57% to $53.84 a barrel.

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    Walt Disney Co.' s stock is on track to be the biggest monthly-decliner among Dow Jones Industrial Average, after shedding 15% so far in August. That would be the worst monthly performance for the entertainment and media company's shares since it lost about 16% in October 2008, at the height of the financial crisis. The stock had closed at an all-time high of $121.69 on Aug. 4, at which point it was up 29% year to date.

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    Shares of California Resources (CRC)  are higher by 10.20% to $3.78 in midday trading on Monday, amid indications of lower supply. After opening in the red this morning, crude oil is soaring by 8.05% to $48.86 per barrel this afternoon, and Brent crude up by 7.51% to $53.81 per barrel, according to the CNBC.com index.

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     Bonanza Creek Energy stock is advancing by 13.9% to $7.62 on heavy trading volume on Monday afternoon, after the U.S. Energy Information Administration revised downward its production estimates for the first half of the year sending oil prices up. WTI crude is gaining 7.96% to $48.82 per barrel, while Brent crude is up increasing 7.45% to $53.78 per barrel, according to the CNBC.com index.

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    The Dow Jones Industrial Average is set to have its worst month since 2010, falling 6.5% in August. Last week, Tony Dwyer, chief U.S. strategist at Canaccord Genuity (CCORF), issued his "all-in" report. Dwyer said volatility is likely to stay high for the next few months, and he acknowledged that stocks could ultimately retest recent lows.

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     Transocean shares are up 2.58% to $13.94 in afternoon trading on Monday, as oil prices rallied from negative territory today. Oil prices started the day off in negative territory, but industry standard Brent crude for October delivery is currently up 7.27% to $53.69 per barrel while West Texas crude for October delivery is up 7.83% to $48.76 per barrel.

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    Shares of Encana (ECA) were gaining by 5.1% to $7.44 on Monday, as oil prices spiked higher after losses earlier in the day, continuing the commodity's rally from last week. WTI crude oil for October delivery was up 8.25% to $48.95 a barrel Monday afternoon, and Brent crude oil for October delivery was up 7.27% to $53.69 a barrel.

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    * Inflation to likely rebound -Fed's Fischer. * Oil prices jump more than 5 pct. * Phillips 66 up after Buffett discloses stake. * Indexes down: Dow 0.76 pct, S&P 0.85 pct, Nasdaq 0.97 pct. By Noel Randewich. Wall Street was lower on Monday afternoon as investors worried that the Federal Reserve may start raising interest rates in September, although a rally in oil boosted energy stocks.

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     SeaDrill shares rallied, up 1.77% to $8.04, after beginning trading today in negative territory as crude prices have also rallied. Oil prices started the day off in negative territory, but industry standard Brent crude for October delivery is currently up 4.46% to $52.28 per barrel while West Texas crude for October delivery is up 5.53% to $47.72 per barrel.

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    Energy stocks pulled a sudden intraday U-turn to trade broadly higher in afternoon trade Monday, as in response to data showing reduced production in the U.S. and after OPEC expressed concerns over low prices. The SPDR Energy ETF jumped 1%, after being down as much as 2.5% earlier in the session. The Market Vectors Oil Services ETF (OIH) shot up 29%, reversing a 2.6% loss at its intraday low.