Peabody Energy Corporation (BTU): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Loser

Peabody Energy Corporation ( BTU) pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today making it today's featured Metals & Mining loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.5%. By the end of trading, Peabody Energy Corporation fell $1.55 (-6.2%) to $23.31 on average volume. Throughout the day, 12.1 million shares of Peabody Energy Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $23.18-$25 after having opened the day at $24.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.86. Other company's within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were: Patriot Coal Corporation ( PCX), down 35.2%, James River Coal Company ( JRCC), down 18.9%, Jaguar Mining ( JAG), down 10.3%, and Quaterra Resources ( QMM), down 9.8%.

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 $7.12 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.1, equal to the average metals & mining industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 25% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 19 analysts that rate Peabody Energy Corporation a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Peabody Energy Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, generally poor debt management and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Atlatsa Resources ( ATL), up 11%, China Shen Zhou Mining & Resources ( SHZ), up 5.6%, Polymet Mining ( PLM), up 5.4%, and Comstock Mining ( LODE), up 4.9%, were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with Tenaris ( TS) being today's featured metals & mining industry winner.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the metals & mining industry could consider SPDR S&P Metals & Mining ETF ( XME) while those bearish on the metals & mining industry could consider PowerShares DB Base Metals Sht ETN ( BOS).

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