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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 up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Peabody Energy Corporation rose $0.55 (3.4%) to $16.75 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,628,116 shares of Peabody Energy Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,739,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $16.24-$16.97 after having opened the day at $16.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.20. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were: Pacific Booker Minerals ( PBM), up 16.0%, James River Coal Company ( JRCC), up 12.5%, Walter Energy ( WLT), up 8.8% and MFC Industrial ( MIL), up 8.7%.

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 $4.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 39.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Peabody Energy Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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, Crosshair Energy ( CXZ), down 22.8%, Kimber Resources ( KBX), down 14.6%, Alexco Resource ( AXU), down 8.1% and China Gengsheng Minerals ( CHGS), down 7.8% , were all laggards within the metals & mining industry with Silver Wheaton Corporation ( SLW) being today's metals & mining industry laggard.

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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