Media coverage about Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD) has been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Pioneer Natural Resources earned a daily sentiment score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the oil and gas development company an impact score of 46.6996076926228 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

Shares of Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD) opened at 137.55 on Thursday. The firm has a market cap of $23.40 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 138.80 and a beta of 0.91. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $157.86 and a 200 day moving average of $174.43. Pioneer Natural Resources has a 12 month low of $130.38 and a 12 month high of $199.83.

Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, August 1st. The oil and gas development company reported $0.21 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.11 by $0.10. Pioneer Natural Resources had a net margin of 3.10% and a return on equity of 1.79%. The company had revenue of $1.63 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.06 billion. During the same period last year, the company earned ($0.22) EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 107.4% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts expect that Pioneer Natural Resources will post $1.13 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of equities analysts have commented on PXD shares. Credit Suisse Group restated a “buy” rating on shares of Pioneer Natural Resources in a research note on Monday, May 15th. Scotiabank reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $245.00 price objective on shares of Pioneer Natural Resources in a research note on Friday, May 5th. KLR Group increased their price objective on shares of Pioneer Natural Resources from $234.00 to $240.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 9th. Royal Bank Of Canada set a $233.00 price objective on shares of Pioneer Natural Resources and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, June 17th. Finally, Cowen and Company set a $210.00 price objective on shares of Pioneer Natural Resources and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 19th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and twenty have issued a buy rating to the stock. Pioneer Natural Resources has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $211.90.

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In other Pioneer Natural Resources news, EVP Chris J. Cheatwood sold 5,749 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, May 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $173.79, for a total transaction of $999,118.71. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 45,110 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $7,839,666.90. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. 0.92% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

About Pioneer Natural Resources

Pioneer Natural Resources Company is an oil and gas exploration and production company. The Company explores for, develops and produces oil, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and gas within the United States, with operations primarily in the Permian Basin in West Texas, the Eagle Ford Shale play in South Texas, the Raton field in southeast Colorado and the West Panhandle field in the Texas Panhandle.

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