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

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Peabody Energy Corporation ( BTU) pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today making it today's featured Metals & Mining laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1%. By the end of trading, Peabody Energy Corporation fell $1 (-4.6%) to $20.56 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 12.7 million shares of Peabody Energy Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.8 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $20.33-$21.49 after having opened the day at $21.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.56. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were: Noranda Aluminum ( NOR), down 13%, Tanzanian Royalty Exploration Corporation ( TRX), down 8.5%, Almaden Minerals ( AAU), down 7.1%, and James River Coal Company ( JRCC), down 6.4%.
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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 $5.87 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 18.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 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 hold. The company's strongest point has been its a solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have looked at. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

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