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Peabody Energy Corporation

(

BTU

) pushed the Basic Materials sector lower today making it today's featured Basic Materials laggard. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Peabody Energy Corporation fell $0.23 (-1.3%) to $17.99 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,794,576 shares of Peabody Energy Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,624,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $17.95-$18.34 after having opened the day at $18.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.22. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that declined today were:

Kimber Resources

(

KBXR

), down 25.4%,

Kimber Resources

(

KBX

), down 25.4%,

WSP Holdings

(

WH

), down 22.1% and

Amyris

(

AMRS

), down 10.2%.

Peabody Energy Corporation engages in the mining of coal. The company operates through Western U.S. Mining, Midwestern U.S. Mining, Australian Mining, Trading and Brokerage, and Corporate and Other segments. Peabody Energy Corporation has a market cap of $4.9 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are down 31.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Peabody Energy Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Peabody Energy Corporation

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front,

L & L Energy

(

LLEN

), up 46.8%,

Tasman Metals

(

TAS

), up 15.7%,

China Gengsheng Minerals

(

CHGS

), up 14.3% and

Ceres

(

CERE

), up 12.5% , were all gainers within the basic materials sector with

Marathon Petroleum

(

MPC

) being today's featured basic materials sector leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the basic materials sector could consider

Materials Select Sector SPDR

(

XLB

) while those bearish on the basic materials sector could consider

ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd

(

SBM

).

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