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

Pioneer Natural Resources Company ( PXD) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.0%. By the end of trading, Pioneer Natural Resources Company fell $1.95 (-1.3%) to $150.60 on light volume. Throughout the day, 803,224 shares of Pioneer Natural Resources Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,499,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $150.01-$154.69 after having opened the day at $152.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $152.55. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: New Concept Energy ( GBR), down 7.7%, World Fuel Services Corporation ( INT), down 5.8%, Mexco Energy Corporation ( MXC), down 5.3% and Solazyme ( SZYM), down 4.7%.

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 $20.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 43.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Pioneer Natural Resources Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 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 positive front, Lone Pine Resources ( LPR), up 23.3%, Lucas Energy ( LEI), up 14.1%, PrimeEnergy ( PNRG), up 13.1% and Recovery Energy ( RECV), up 10.4% , were all gainers within the energy industry with ConocoPhillips ( COP) being today's featured energy industry leader.

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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