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 down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Pioneer Natural Resources Company rose $1.87 (1.0%) to $186.93 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,957,956 shares of Pioneer Natural Resources Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,742,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $182.44-$188.88 after having opened the day at $184.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $185.06. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: Ivanhoe Energy ( IVAN), up 10.6%, Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat ( AMCF), up 9.2%, Rocket Fuel ( FUEL), up 8.2% and KiOR ( KIOR), up 7.3%.

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 $25.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 0.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Pioneer Natural Resources Company a buy, no analysts rate 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 solid stock price performance. 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, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners ( BWP), down 46.0%, Pedevco ( PED), down 11.1%, HyperDynamics Corporation ( HDY), down 5.4% and Tesco Corporation ( TESO), down 4.2% , were all laggards within the energy industry with Exxon Mobil Corporation ( XOM) 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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