Today's Basic Materials Gainers Led By Pioneer Natural Resources Company (PXD)

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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 0.5%. By the end of trading, Pioneer Natural Resources Company rose $2.79 (2.4%) to $121.38 on light volume. Throughout the day, 980,724 shares of Pioneer Natural Resources Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $118.75-$121.40 after having opened the day at $118.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $118.59. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that increased today were: Lufkin Industries ( LUFK), up 37.6%, Sutor Technology Group ( SUTR), up 18.1%, Mines Management ( MGN), up 10.5%, and Gastar Exploration ( GST), up 8.8%.
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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. Pioneer Natural Resources Company has a market cap of $14.53 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 110.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Pioneer Natural Resources Company a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and nine 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 revenue growth, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Torch Energy Royalty ( TRU), down 10.8%, Metabolix ( MBLX), down 9.4%, GeoGlobal Resources ( GGR), down 8.5%, and Great Basin Gold ( GBG), down 7.8%, were all laggards within the basic materials sector with Suncor Energy ( SU) 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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