Analysts Conflicted on These Materials Names: Pioneer Natural (NYSE: PXD) and Waste Connections Inc (NYSE: WCN)

By Carrie Williams

Analysts have been eager to weigh in on the Materials sector with new ratings on Pioneer Natural (PXDResearch Report) and Waste Connections Inc (WCNResearch Report).

Pioneer Natural (PXD)

In a report released yesterday, Tim Rezvan from Oppenheimer maintained a Hold rating on Pioneer Natural. The company’s shares closed yesterday at $145.95.

According to TipRanks.com, Rezvan is a 2-star analyst with an average return of 0.2% and a 49.6% success rate. Rezvan covers the Basic Materials sector, focusing on stocks such as Whiting Petroleum Corp, Gulfport Energy Corp, and Par Pacific Holdings.

The word on The Street in general, suggests a Strong Buy analyst consensus rating for Pioneer Natural with a $214.38 average price target.

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Waste Connections Inc (WCN)

In a report released yesterday, Noah Kaye from Oppenheimer maintained a Buy rating on Waste Connections Inc. The company’s shares closed yesterday at $83.92, close to its 52-week high of $85.06.

According to TipRanks.com, Kaye is a 4-star analyst with an average return of 6.6% and a 57.6% success rate. Kaye covers the Industrial Goods sector, focusing on stocks such as Rockwell Automation Inc, Caterpillar, and BorgWarner.

Currently, the analyst consensus on Waste Connections Inc is a Strong Buy with an average price target of $95.33, which is a 13.6% upside from current levels. In a report issued on February 5, Raymond James also maintained a Buy rating on the stock with a $96 price target.

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