Pioneer Natural Resources Company (PXD) stock falls, “Buy” rating reiterated by Canaccord Genuity Analysts

Pioneer Natural Resources Company (NYSE: PXD) shares fell on Thursday February 2 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, The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.10% fell 34 points, or 0.2%, to 19,858. The S&P 500 SPX, -0.11% lost 4 points to 2,276, a drop of 0.2%. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.05% slid 16 points, or 0.3%, to 5,626. Among the most actively traded Nasdaq stocks was Facebook Inc FB, +0.31% which fell 0.7% a day after it reported its quarterly results.

Analysts at Canaccord Genuity reiterated a Buy rating on shares of Pioneer Natural Resources Company (NYSE: PXD) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more actively watched stocks on Wall Street. With a rating of Buy on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $195.00. A number of other analysts have commented on the stock in recent days, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $219.89, above the opening price of $180.66. Stock prices often move to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Shares of Pioneer Natural Resources Company (NYSE: PXD) opened at $180.66 yesterday trading between $178.14 and $181.00, and last traded at $179.41, which is a drop of $1.25 compared to the previous closing price.

Pioneer Natural Resources Company (NYSE: PXD) now has a market cap of 30.45B.

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

146,340 shares traded hands yesterday, 93 percent below the norm, out of a total float 168,084,000. 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.

While increased trading for short periods will not mean much will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks sends a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

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

Institutional investors such as these retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, 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.

Trades for Pioneer Natural Resources Company (NYSE: PXD) have ranged from $105.22 – 195.00, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $183.34 and 200-day MA of $179.24. Today’s last price is 7.99%% lower than the 52 week high of $195.00.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors look for companies that have increased their earnings by at least 25% over 3 consecutive years.

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