5 Energy Stocks Getting Smacked Down: PXD, HOC, XEC, ACI, PTEN

Through most of the trading day on Monday, September 19, 2011, these stocks are bringing down the Energy (NYSE:XLE) sector. Long time Wall St. Cheat Sheet readers know to watch stock prices because Technicals on the Stock Chart are Strong’ is one of the ‘T’s in our CHEAT SHEET investing framework.

Pioneer Natural Resources Company (NYSE:PXD) is one of the sector losers in price. Its shares are trading at $76.91, down $3.83 (-4.6%) from the previous close of $80.63. Pioneer Natural Resources Co. is an oil and gas exploration and production company operating in the United States, South Africa and Tunisia.

Stock Price Performance: From July 21, 2011, to September 16, 2011, the stock price had fallen $17.76 (-18.1%) from $98.39 to $80.63. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 28, 2010 and November 11, 2010 when shares rose for 11 straight trading days, rising 12.8% (+$8.85). It saw one of its worst periods between August 15, 2011 and August 22, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 11.4% (-$9.16).

Holly Corporation (NYSE:HOC) stocks are trading at $31.87. This is $1.52 (-4.6%) below the previous close of $33.39, making the company one of the biggest price losers in the sector today. Holly Corp is mainly an independent petroleum refiner which produces high value light products such as gasoline, diesel fuel and jet fuel.

Stock Price Performance: From May 4, 2011, to June 30, 2011, the stock price had risen $17.30 (33.2%) from $52.10 to $69.40. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 25, 2011 and February 8, 2011 when shares rose for 11 straight trading days, rising 30.7% (+$12.98). It saw one of its worst periods between April 5, 2011 and April 12, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 10.6% (-$6.86).

Shares of Cimarex Energy Co. (NYSE:XEC) are trading at $65.25, down $2.90 (-4.2%) from the previous close of $68.08. Cimarex Energy Co. is an independent oil and gas exploration and production company with operations entirely located in the United States.

Stock Price Performance: From July 21, 2011, to September 16, 2011, the stock price had fallen $24.30 (-26.3%) from $92.38 to $68.08. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 24, 2011 and July 6, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 8.4% (+$7.03). It saw one of its worst periods between July 26, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 30.5% (-$27.85).

Arch Coal Inc (NYSE:ACI) stocks are trading at $18.86. This is $1.05 (-5.3%) below the previous close of $19.91, making the company one of the biggest price losers in the sector today. Arch Coal, Inc. is a coal producer in the United States, which sells coal to power plants, steel mills and industrial facilities.

Stock Price Performance: From July 21, 2011, to September 16, 2011, the stock price had fallen $8.42 (-29.7%) from $28.33 to $19.91. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 29, 2010 and November 8, 2010 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 20.4% (+$4.94). It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 4, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 25.7% (-$7.32).

Patterson-UTI Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:PTEN) is among the price losers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $21.40, which is $1.22 (-5.3%) below the previous close of $22.59. Patterson-UTI Energy, Inc. is a provider of contract services to the North American oil and natural gas industry.

Stock Price Performance: From July 21, 2011, to September 16, 2011, the stock price had fallen $10.74 (-32.2%) from $33.33 to $22.59. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 24, 2011 and February 7, 2011 when shares rose for 11 straight trading days, rising 27.9% (+$5.66). It saw one of its worst periods between July 28, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 28.5% (-$9.34).