Peabody Energy Rises On Unusually High Volume (BTU)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Peabody Energy Corporation (NYSE: BTU) is trading at unusually high volume Thursday with 16.7 million shares changing hands. It is currently at 2.2 times its average daily volume and trading up 41 cents (+2%) at $20.39 as of 1:05 p.m. ET.

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Peabody Energy has a market cap of $5.53 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and metals & mining industry. Shares are down 22.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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.

TheStreet Ratings rates Peabody Energy 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. You can view the full Peabody Energy Ratings Report.

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