Pioneer Natural Resources Company Stock Downgraded (PXD)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Pioneer Natural Resources Company (NYSE: PXD) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and generally higher debt management risk.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 2.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 29.3%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, PXD's share price has jumped by 44.94%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Although PXD had significant growth over the past year, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock at the current time.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, PIONEER NATURAL RESOURCES CO's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 4842.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $28.83 million to -$1,367.47 million.

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 has a market cap of $25.92 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 1.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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