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Peabody Energy Corporation



) pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today making it today's featured basic materials winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Peabody Energy Corporation rose $3.06 (11.8%) to $28.95 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 34 million shares of Peabody Energy Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $27.20-$29.71 after having opened the day at $27.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.89. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that increased today were:

Gulf Resources



), up 19.1%,

L & L Energy



), up 16.9%,

Prospect Global Resources


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), up 14.6%, and

GeoPetro Resources Company



), up 11.1%.

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Peabody Energy Corporation engages in the mining of coal. It mines, prepares, and sells thermal coal to electric utilities and metallurgical coal to industrial customers. Peabody Energy Corporation has a market cap of $7.36 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.1, above the average metals & mining industry P/E ratio of 7.9 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 21.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Peabody Energy Corporation a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Peabody Energy Corporation as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

GeoGlobal Resources



), down 55.3%,

Zion Oil & Gas



), down 17.5%,




), down 14.9%, and

Pure Bioscience



), down 14.3%, were all laggards within the basic materials sector with

Baker Hughes



) being today's basic materials sector laggard.

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



) while those bearish on the basic materials sector could consider

ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd




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