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

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Pioneer Natural Resources Company ( PXD) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Pioneer Natural Resources Company rose $2.56 (1.5%) to $175.52 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,368,135 shares of Pioneer Natural Resources Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,902,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $171.18-$175.66 after having opened the day at $171.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $172.96. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: Rocket Fuel ( FUEL), up 13.2%, Lucas Energy ( LEI), up 10.3%, Goodrich Petroleum ( GDP), up 8.8% and Sanchez Energy ( SN), up 5.7%.

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 $23.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 42.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.0% 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 negative front, MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), down 16.1%, New Concept Energy ( GBR), down 3.2%, Bolt Technology Corporation ( BOLT), down 2.7% and Forum Energy Technologies ( FET), down 2.7% , were all laggards within the energy industry with Ensco ( ESV) being today's energy industry laggard.

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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