Peabody Energy (NYSE:BTU) Getting Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Report Finds

Media stories about Peabody Energy (NYSE:BTU) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Peabody Energy earned a coverage optimism score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the coal producer an impact score of 46.3836749327427 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

A number of research firms have issued reports on BTU. FBR & Co increased their price target on Peabody Energy from $35.00 to $36.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Peabody Energy from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $38.00 price target on the stock in a report on Monday, December 4th. ValuEngine cut Peabody Energy from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, November 9th. Finally, Jefferies Group initiated coverage on Peabody Energy in a report on Tuesday, November 14th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $38.00 target price on the stock. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Peabody Energy has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $37.11.

Shares of Peabody Energy (NYSE BTU) traded up $0.31 on Friday, hitting $40.61. The company had a trading volume of 1,313,426 shares, compared to its average volume of 935,156. Peabody Energy has a 12 month low of $22.58 and a 12 month high of $40.92. The company has a current ratio of 1.75, a quick ratio of 1.47 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.60.

Peabody Energy (NYSE:BTU) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, October 25th. The coal producer reported $1.49 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.35 by $0.14. Peabody Energy had a return on equity of 19.92% and a net margin of 4.60%. The company had revenue of $1.48 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.50 billion. During the same period last year, the business earned ($7.53) EPS. Peabody Energy’s quarterly revenue was up 22.4% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts forecast that Peabody Energy will post 9.62 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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About Peabody Energy

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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