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

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Pioneer Natural Resources Company ( PXD) pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today making it today's featured basic materials winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Pioneer Natural Resources Company rose $3.32 (3.3%) to $105.47 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.4 million shares of Pioneer Natural Resources Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $100.68-$105.74 after having opened the day at $101.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $102.15. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that increased today were: Lizhan Environmental ( LZEN), up 44%, James River Coal Company ( JRCC), up 23.2%, Yongye International ( YONG), up 17.1%, and GeoGlobal Resources ( GGR), up 15.7%.
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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 $12.81 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 35.4, above the average energy industry P/E ratio of 33.7 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 20 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, Cardero Resources Corporation ( CDY), down 9.2%, Timberline Resources Corporation ( TLR), down 8.7%, Minco Gold Corporation ( MGH), down 8.6%, and Houston American Energy Corporation ( HUSA), down 8%, were all laggards within the basic materials sector with Continental Resources ( CLR) being today's basic materials sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the basic materials sector could consider Materials Select Sector SPDR ( XLB) while those bearish on the basic materials sector could consider ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd ( SBM).

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