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

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Peabody Energy Corporation ( BTU) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Peabody Energy Corporation rose 28 cents (1.3%) to $22.12 on average volume. Throughout the day, 9.2 million shares of Peabody Energy Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $21.53-$22.69 after having opened the day at $21.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.84. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were: USEC ( USU), up 13.5%, Jaguar Mining ( JAG), up 9.9%, Sinocoking Coal and Coke Chemicals ( SCOK), up 8.8%, and Lake Shore Gold ( LSG), up 8.4%.
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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 $5.84 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 17.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Peabody Energy Corporation a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and five 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.

On the negative front, Alderon Iron Ore ( AXX), down 7.9%, China Gengsheng Minerals ( CHGS), down 7.3%, Golden Minerals ( AUMN), down 6.9%, and James River Coal Company ( JRCC), down 5.7%, were all laggards within the metals & mining industry with ArcelorMittal ( MT) being today's metals & mining industry laggard.

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