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Is Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

Is Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD) a good equity to bet on right now? We like to check what the smart money thinks first before doing extensive research. Although there have been several high profile failed hedge fund picks, the consensus picks among hedge fund investors have historically outperformed the market after adjusting for known risk attributes. It’s not surprising given that hedge funds have access to better information and more resources to find the latest market-moving information.

Hedge fund interest in Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. At the end of this article we will also compare PXD to other stocks including Marriott International Inc (NYSE:MAR), Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT), and Xcel Energy Inc (NYSE:XEL) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, let’s take a gander at the latest action surrounding Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD).

What have hedge funds been doing with Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 58 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 0% from the second quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exist a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, SPO Advisory Corp, managed by John H. Scully, holds the biggest position in Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD). SPO Advisory Corp has a $887.6 million position in the stock, comprising 15% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Andreas Halvorsen of Viking Global, with a $810.5 million position; 3.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining members of the smart money that hold long positions include Seth Klarman’s Baupost Group, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

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