Gulfport Energy Shares Plunged: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of Gulfport Energy (NAS: GPOR) have fallen 13% today in a wide sell-off of energy stocks.

So what: The oil sell-off has only gained momentum during the day and has now pushed oil down nearly 3% to $77 per barrel. There are worries about an economic slowdown in Europe as well as China feeding the massive sell-off today.

Now what: This story is starting to get old. Concerns about Greece have been driving the market for months, and today is no different. Greece won't meet deficit goals for bailout funds, which has sent the dollar higher and oil lower as a result. Lower oil prices means companies like Gulfport's shale plays will be much less profitable in the future if oil remains at depressed prices. That's weighing on investors' minds today.

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