The major oil explorer's pact with China and the sale of some of its assets boost the stock's allure.
With Syria about to be on the receiving end of a Tomahawk missile strike, a surge in crude oil is pushing up the sector.
The Syrian crisis lifts New York crude to its highest level since summer 2008. Brent briefly pushes above $117.
The Nasdaq's loss is its largest in more than a year. Stocks are suffering biggest monthly losses since May 2012 on concerns about possible U.S. response to nerve-gas use in Syria.
Sorry to be so prosaic about this, but as long oil's not shooting through the roof, investors need to take very little action.
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