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U.S. flags fly over an Arco station with gasoline in the $4.00 range in Fullerton, Calif., Wednesday, April 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

BOSTON (AP) — Think positive. The pain you’re feeling at the pump from $4-a-gallon gas may become a little easier to bear once you receive your next quarterly mutual fund statement.

Chances are your fund portfolio holds big oil names that have been reporting Texas-sized profits this week and boosting dividends paid to their investors. Exxon Mobil, for example, is the biggest component in the Standard & Poor’s 500, the most widely tracked benchmark among index funds anchoring many 401(k) plans and retirement accounts.

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