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 up 1.0%. By the end of trading, Peabody Energy Corporation fell $0.31 (-1.6%) to $18.88 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 11,712,850 shares of Peabody Energy Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,477,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $18.22-$19.25 after having opened the day at $19.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.19. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were: Harry Winston Diamond ( HWD), down 11.0%, China Shen Zhou Mining & Resources ( SHZ), down 10.0%, Timberline Resources Corporation ( TLR), down 9.3% and Alderon Iron Ore ( AXX), down 7.5%.
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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 $5.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 27.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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 positive front, Crosshair Energy ( CXZ), down 28.4%, Cardero Resources Corporation ( CDY), down 21.1%, Kimber Resources ( KBX), down 15.0% and China Gengsheng Minerals ( CHGS), down 12.8% , were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with Goldcorp ( GG) being today's featured metals & mining industry leader.

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