Peabody Energy Corp (BTU): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Winner

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Peabody Energy ( 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 1.4%. By the end of trading, Peabody Energy rose $0.27 (1.5%) to $18.27 on average volume. Throughout the day, 10,192,921 shares of Peabody Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,446,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $17.86-$18.39 after having opened the day at $17.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.00. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were: Polymet Mining ( PLM), up 7.0%, Silver Bull Resources ( SVBL), up 5.9%, Mines Management ( MGN), up 4.1% and Alliance Resource Partners ( ARLP), up 3.9%.

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 has a market cap of $4.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 7.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Peabody Energy a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Peabody Energy as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, generally high debt management risk, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, China Natural Resources ( CHNR), down 8.6%, Entree Gold ( EGI), down 6.8%, Banro ( BAA), down 6.7% and Alexco Resource ( AXU), down 6.1% , were all laggards within the metals & mining industry with Newmont Mining ( 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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