For many, the main point of investing is to generate higher returns than the overall market. But every investor is virtually certain to have both over-performing and under-performing stocks. At this point some shareholders may be questioning their investment in Pioneer Natural Resources Company (NYSE:PXD), since the last five years saw the share price fall 27%. There was little comfort for shareholders in the last week as the price declined a further 2.2%.
While the efficient markets hypothesis continues to be taught by some, it has been proven that markets are over-reactive dynamic systems, and investors are not always rational. One imperfect but simple way to consider how the market perception of a company has shifted is to compare the change in the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price movement.
During five years of share price growth, Pioneer Natural Resources moved from a loss to profitability. Most would consider that to be a good thing, so it’s counter-intuitive to see the share price declining. Other metrics might give us a better handle on how its value is changing over time.
The modest 0.5% dividend yield is unlikely to be guiding the market view of the stock. Revenue is actually up 18% over the time period. So it seems one might have to take closer look at the fundamentals to understand why the share price languishes. After all, there may be an opportunity.
You can see how revenue and earnings have changed over time in the image below, (click on the chart to see cashflow).
Pioneer Natural Resources is a well known stock, with plenty of analyst coverage, suggesting some visibility into future growth. You can see what analysts are predicting for Pioneer Natural Resources in this interactive graph of future profit estimates.
A Different Perspective
Pioneer Natural Resources shareholders are down 20% for the year (even including dividends), but the market itself is up 3.1%. Even the share prices of good stocks drop sometimes, but we want to see improvements in the fundamental metrics of a business, before getting too interested. Regrettably, last year’s performance caps off a bad run, with the shareholders facing a total loss of 6.0% per year over five years. Generally speaking long term share price weakness can be a bad sign, though contrarian investors might want to research the stock in hope of a turnaround. Before spending more time on Pioneer Natural Resources it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.
Of course Pioneer Natural Resources may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of growth stocks.
Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on US exchanges.
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