Pioneer Natural Resources Company (PXD) stock slips, “Buy” rating reiterated by Jefferies Group LLC Analysts

Pioneer Natural Resources Company (NYSE: PXD) shares fell on Monday February 13 on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

Meanwhile U.S. stock-market indexes opened higher on Monday, setting intraday all-time highs shortly after market open. The S&P 500 SPX, +0.35% opened up 6 points, or 0.2%, at 2,322.

The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.44% began the session up 18 points, or 0.3% higher at 5,752. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.51% added 64 points or 0.3%, to 20,340 at the open.

Pioneer Natural Resources Company (NYSE: PXD) had its Buy rating reiterated by equities researchers at Jefferies Group LLC in a research note to investors. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the stock. The one-year price target of $223.41 is higher than the opening price of $193.83, resulting a number of other analysts to issue statements on the company in recent days. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Pioneer Natural Resources Company stock has a high of $196.00. Typically, after analysts publish a “reiterated rating” report on a stock, they will later issue other revisions, often followed by a price target change.

Yesterday Pioneer Natural Resources Company (NYSE: PXD) shares last traded at $194.15, a dip of $0.31 from the previous closing price. Opening at $193.83, they ranged from $193.05 and $196.00 throughout the day.

Pioneer Natural Resources Company (NYSE: PXD) now has a market cap of 33.01B.

Pioneer Natural Resources Company (NYSE: PXD) Average Daily Trading Volume

172,447 shares traded hands yesterday, 1 percent lower than the norm, out of a total float 168,361,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than normal on the breakout to show that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Professional investors such as these retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Pioneer Natural Resources Company (NYSE: PXD) Moving Averages

A moving average can also act as support or resistance. In an uptrend a 50-day, 100-day or 200-day moving average may act as a support level, as shown in the figure below.

This is because the average acts like a floor (support), so the price bounces up off of it.

In a downtrend a moving average may act as resistance; like a ceiling, the price hits it and then starts to drop again.

By tracking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect—it allows for traders to make more effective decisions on trades.

With that in mind, Pioneer Natural Resources Company (NYSE: PXD) now has a 50-day MA of $182.96 and 200-day MA of $180.62. It has traded in a 52-week range between $111.86 – 196.00 and today’s last price is 0.94%% lower than the 52 week high of $196.00.

Earnings growth is an important factor to look at when buying stocks and investors identify companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% over a 3 year period.

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