Arch Coal (ARCH) Earning Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Study Shows

Media headlines about Arch Coal (NYSE:ARCH) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Arch Coal earned a news impact score of 0.25 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the energy company an impact score of 46.5425468510969 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

Shares of Arch Coal (NYSE ARCH) traded up $1.16 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $79.21. 255,000 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 438,125. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.46, a current ratio of 2.79 and a quick ratio of 2.40. Arch Coal has a 1-year low of $60.13 and a 1-year high of $86.35.

Arch Coal (NYSE:ARCH) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 31st. The energy company reported $2.54 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.58 by $0.96. The company had revenue of $613.53 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $550.35 million. During the same quarter last year, the company posted ($1.43) earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 11.5% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts expect that Arch Coal will post 9.62 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 15th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, November 30th will be issued a $0.35 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, November 29th. This represents a $1.40 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.77%.

A number of equities analysts have commented on the stock. B. Riley set a $95.00 price target on shares of Arch Coal and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday. FBR & Co reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Arch Coal in a research note on Tuesday, October 31st. Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Arch Coal in a research note on Thursday, October 19th. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $92.00 price objective on shares of Arch Coal in a research note on Friday, October 13th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Arch Coal from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, October 13th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $93.00.

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Arch Coal Company Profile

Arch Coal, Inc is a coal producer. The Company is engaged in the production of thermal and metallurgical coal from surface and underground mines located throughout the United States, for sale to utility, industrial and steel producers both in the United States and around the world. The Company operates mining complexes in West Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia, Illinois, Wyoming and Colorado.

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