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 was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Peabody Energy Corporation rose $0.48 (2.9%) to $17.22 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 12,881,883 shares of Peabody Energy Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,960,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $16.98-$17.50 after having opened the day at $17.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.74. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were: Almaden Minerals ( AAU), up 8.7%, Minco Gold Corporation ( MGH), up 8.2%, Gold Standard Ventures ( GSV), up 7.7% and Lake Shore Gold ( LSG), up 7.2%.

Peabody Energy Corporation is engaged 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 $4.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 14.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Peabody Energy Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 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 generally high debt management risk, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Prospect Global Resources ( PGRX), down 14.7%, Uranerz Energy Corporation ( URZ), down 7.9%, James River Coal Company ( JRCC), down 7.1% and General Steel Holdings ( GSI), down 6.5% , were all laggards within the metals & mining industry with Steel Dynamics ( STLD) 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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