Peabody Energy Corporation (BTU) Earns Media Sentiment Score of 0.11

Headlines about Peabody Energy Corporation (NYSE:BTU) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Peabody Energy Corporation earned a coverage optimism score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the coal producer an impact score of 46.0397096731703 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Shares of Peabody Energy Corporation (BTU) traded down $0.19 on Thursday, reaching $31.20. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,057,400 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,195,901. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.60, a quick ratio of 1.47 and a current ratio of 1.75. Peabody Energy Corporation has a 52-week low of $22.58 and a 52-week high of $32.50.

Peabody Energy Corporation (NYSE:BTU) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 25th. The coal producer reported $1.49 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.35 by $0.14. Peabody Energy Corporation had a return on equity of 19.92% and a net margin of 4.60%. The firm had revenue of $1.48 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.50 billion. During the same period last year, the company earned ($7.53) EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 22.4% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts forecast that Peabody Energy Corporation will post 9.62 EPS for the current year.

BTU has been the topic of several recent analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research raised Peabody Energy Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $34.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, October 25th. FBR & Co reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $37.00 price target (up previously from $36.00) on shares of Peabody Energy Corporation in a research note on Wednesday, October 25th. MKM Partners reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Peabody Energy Corporation in a research note on Tuesday, September 12th. B. Riley reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Peabody Energy Corporation in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC initiated coverage on Peabody Energy Corporation in a research note on Tuesday. They set a “buy” rating and a $38.00 target price for the company. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $35.44.

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In related news, major shareholder Discovery Capital Management, sold 12,800,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, August 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $27.10, for a total transaction of $346,880,000.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Insiders have purchased a total of 72,000 shares of company stock worth $10,845 in the last ninety days. 1.27% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Peabody Energy Corporation Company Profile

Peabody Energy Corporation is a coal company. The Company’s segments include Powder River Basin Mining, Midwestern U.S. Mining, Western U.S. Mining, Australian Metallurgical Mining, Australian Thermal Mining, Trading and Brokerage, and Corporate and Other. Its Powder River Basin Mining operations consist of its mines in Wyoming.

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