A look at oil stock performance in 2012

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Oil prices have risen about 11 percent this year, helping to lift oil industry stocks. But performance has varied widely. Stocks of many small and mid-sized oil companies are beating the 9 percent return for the Standard & Poor’s 500, while oil giants Exxon Mobil and Chevron are trailing the broad stock index. Here’s a look at returns for the five largest U.S. oil stocks, followed by returns for selected smaller oil stocks:

BIG OIL

Exxon Mobil: 2.4 percent

Chevron: 3.1 percent

ConocoPhillips: 7.3 percent

Occidental Petroleum: 11.9 percent

Marathon Oil: 17.1 percent

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SMALLER OIL

Noble Corp. 35.3 percent

Lufkin Industries: 18.6 percent

HollyFrontier: 43.6 percent

Rowan Cos. 20.7 percent

Cameron International: 14.6 percent

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Note: Returns through March 1

Source: FactSet