Pioneer Natural Rises On Unusually High Volume (PXD)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Pioneer Natural Resources Company (NYSE: PXD) is trading at unusually high volume Thursday with 2.8 million shares changing hands. It is currently at 2.1 times its average daily volume and trading up $2.77 (+2.2%) at $129.53 as of 12:30 p.m. ET.

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Pioneer Natural has a market cap of $15.84 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 20.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

Pioneer Natural Resources Company operates as an independent oil and gas exploration and production company in the United States and South Africa. The company produces and sells oil, natural gas liquid (NGL), and gas. The company has a P/E ratio of 58.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pioneer Natural as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full Pioneer Natural Ratings Report.

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