Pioneer Natural Resources Company (PXD): Today's Featured Energy Winner

Pioneer Natural Resources Company ( PXD) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Pioneer Natural Resources Company rose $1.57 (1.6%) to $98.75 on light volume. Throughout the day, 889,703 shares of Pioneer Natural Resources Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $97.18-$98.88 after having opened the day at $97.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $97.18. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: Renewable Energy Group ( REGI), up 27.2%, Houston American Energy Corporation ( HUSA), up 11.8%, Isramco ( ISRL), up 9.3%, and Ivanhoe Energy ( IVAN), up 9.1%.

Pioneer Natural Resources Company engages in the exploration and production of oil and gas in the United States and South Africa. The company produces and sells oil, natural gas liquids (NGL), and gas. Pioneer Natural Resources Company has a market cap of $12.23 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 33.1, above the average energy industry P/E ratio of 32.2 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 19 analysts that rate Pioneer Natural Resources Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pioneer Natural Resources Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Forbes Energy Services ( FES), down 19.7%, ATP Oil & Gas ( ATPG), down 16.4%, Royale Energy ( ROYL), down 9.8%, and Contango Oil & Gas Company ( MCF), down 8%, were all laggards within the energy industry with Chesapeake Energy ( CHK) being today's energy industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the energy industry could consider Energy Select Sector SPDR ( XLE) while those bearish on the energy industry could consider Proshares Short Oil & Gas ( DDG).

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