Market Commentary

Kevin Hern Sells Millions in Pioneer Natural Resources Inc

Matthew Levy, CFA
6 Feb 2024 · 2 minutes read

On February 1, 2023, Kevin Hern, the Republican U.S. Representative from Oklahoma, made an intriguing financial move by selling between $1,000,000 and $5,000,000 worth of Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD:US) stock. This transaction is particularly interesting given the recent article from Natural Gas Intelligence, which reported on rumors of a potential acquisition of Range Resources Corp (RRC:US) by Pioneer Natural Resources.

The acquisition rumors could have had a significant impact on Pioneer's stock value, and it seems that Hern made a strategic decision to sell his shares before any potential fluctuations in the market. Following this sale, on February 22, 2023, Mr. Hern decided to invest between $1,000,000 and $5,000,000 in the U.S. Treasury Bills, a much more stable and secure investment compared to the energy sector.

Looking at the stock market today, it is clear that Kevin Hern's decision to sell his Pioneer Natural Resources shares proved to be a wise one. When he sold his shares, the stock was trading at a closing price of $223.96. As of now, the stock's value has dropped to $186.49. If Hern had held onto his shares, he would have experienced a loss in value of approximately 16.73%.

In light of Kevin Hern's recent financial transactions, it is interesting to note his stance on energy policy, as outlined in a press release on his official website. Hern advocates for American energy independence and supports the growth of the domestic energy sector, including the oil and gas industry. His financial dealings in Pioneer Natural Resources and subsequent investment in U.S. Treasury bills highlight the delicate balance between supporting the energy sector and making savvy financial decisions.