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Pioneer Natural Resources



) pushed the Basic Materials sector lower today making it today's featured Basic Materials laggard. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Pioneer Natural Resources fell $2.81 (-1.4%) to $193.27 on light volume. Throughout the day, 958,522 shares of Pioneer Natural Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,670,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $191.00-$194.65 after having opened the day at $194.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $196.08. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that declined today were:

Lihua International



), down 52.2%,

International Tower Hill Mines



), down 7.0%,

SM Energy



), down 7.0% and

Vista Gold



), down 6.5%.

Pioneer Natural Resources Company operates as an independent oil and gas exploration and production company in the United States. The company produces and sells oil, natural gas liquids (NGL), and gas. Pioneer Natural Resources has a market cap of $27.4 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 4.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Pioneer Natural Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Pioneer Natural Resources

as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

On the positive front,

FX Energy



), up 21.5%,

China Gengsheng Minerals



), up 9.9%,




), up 9.2% and

US Silica Holdings



), up 9.1% , were all gainers within the basic materials sector with




) being today's featured basic materials sector leader.

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Materials Select Sector SPDR



) while those bearish on the basic materials sector could consider

ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd




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