News headlines about Peabody Energy (NYSE:BTU) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Peabody Energy earned a news impact score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the coal producer an impact score of 45.8822755562563 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Peabody Energy (NYSE:BTU) traded up $0.45 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $38.45. 925,183 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,329,805. Peabody Energy has a 52 week low of $22.58 and a 52 week high of $38.54. The company has a current ratio of 1.75, a quick ratio of 1.47 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.60.

Peabody Energy (NYSE:BTU) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, October 25th. The coal producer reported $1.49 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.35 by $0.14. The company had revenue of $1.48 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.50 billion. Peabody Energy had a net margin of 4.60% and a return on equity of 19.92%. The firm’s revenue was up 22.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted ($7.53) EPS. equities research analysts expect that Peabody Energy will post 9.62 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Several brokerages have recently weighed in on BTU. B. Riley reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Peabody Energy in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st. FBR & Co set a $35.00 target price on shares of Peabody Energy and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 11th. ValuEngine raised shares of Peabody Energy from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, December 1st. Macquarie began coverage on shares of Peabody Energy in a research note on Thursday, September 7th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $30.00 target price on the stock. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $32.00 target price on shares of Peabody Energy in a research note on Sunday, September 10th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, eight have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $36.56.

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About Peabody Energy

Peabody Energy Corporation is a coal company. The Company’s segments include Powder River Basin Mining, Midwestern U.S. Mining, Western U.S. Mining, Australian Metallurgical Mining, Australian Thermal Mining, Trading and Brokerage, and Corporate and Other. Its Powder River Basin Mining operations consist of its mines in Wyoming.

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