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

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Pioneer Natural Resources Company ( PXD) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Pioneer Natural Resources Company fell $3.85 (-2.2%) to $171.52 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,402,021 shares of Pioneer Natural Resources Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,944,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $167.85-$176.73 after having opened the day at $175.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $175.37. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: Ivanhoe Energy ( IVAN), down 11.9%, Dejour Energy ( DEJ), down 7.1%, KiOR ( KIOR), down 5.7% and Advantage Oil & Gas ( AAV), down 5.3%.

Pioneer Natural Resources Company operates as an independent oil and gas exploration and production company in the United States. The company produces and sells oil, natural gas liquids (NGL), and gas. Pioneer Natural Resources Company has a market cap of $24.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 43.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 13 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 robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, compelling growth in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), up 49.5%, Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat ( AMCF), up 17.8%, InterOil Corporation ( IOC), up 7.8% and Lilis Energy ( LLEX), up 6.6% , were all gainers within the energy industry with Phillips 66 ( PSX) being today's featured energy industry leader.

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