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 0.9%. By the end of trading, Peabody Energy Corporation rose $0.58 (3.3%) to $18.00 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,829,466 shares of Peabody Energy Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,030,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $17.44-$18.19 after having opened the day at $17.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.42. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were: Prospect Global Resources ( PGRX), up 13.9%, Atlatsa Resources ( ATL), up 12.7%, DRDGold ( DRD), up 9.8% and Pacific Booker Minerals ( PBM), up 6.6%.

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 $4.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 34.5% 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 sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Timberline Resources Corporation ( TLR), down 30.9%, China Gengsheng Minerals ( CHGS), down 13.2%, Cardero Resources Corporation ( CDY), down 12.1% and Ossen Innovation ( OSN), down 7.4% , were all laggards within the metals & mining industry with Newmont Mining Corporation ( NEM) 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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