Somewhat Favorable News Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact Arch Coal, Inc. Class A (NYSE:ARCH) Stock Price

Media stories about Arch Coal, Inc. Class A (NYSE:ARCH) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group rates the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Arch Coal, Inc. Class A earned a media sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the energy company an impact score of 46.7937080917008 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Shares of Arch Coal, Inc. Class A (ARCH) traded down $1.85 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $96.83. The company had a trading volume of 331,256 shares, compared to its average volume of 237,230. The company has a quick ratio of 2.40, a current ratio of 2.79 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.46. Arch Coal, Inc. Class A has a twelve month low of $60.13 and a twelve month high of $99.53.

Arch Coal, Inc. Class A (NYSE:ARCH) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 31st. The energy company reported $2.54 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.58 by $0.96. The firm had revenue of $613.53 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $550.35 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted ($1.43) earnings per share. Arch Coal, Inc. Class A’s revenue was up 11.5% on a year-over-year basis. analysts anticipate that Arch Coal, Inc. Class A will post 9.46 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 15th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, November 30th were issued a dividend of $0.35 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, November 29th. This represents a $1.40 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.45%.

Several research firms have recently weighed in on ARCH. Zacks Investment Research lowered Arch Coal, Inc. Class A from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, November 20th. Jefferies Group reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Arch Coal, Inc. Class A in a research note on Thursday, October 19th. FBR & Co reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Arch Coal, Inc. Class A in a research note on Tuesday, October 31st. B. Riley set a $95.00 target price on Arch Coal, Inc. Class A and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 14th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $92.00 target price on shares of Arch Coal, Inc. Class A in a research report on Friday, October 13th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Arch Coal, Inc. Class A presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $94.75.

In other Arch Coal, Inc. Class A news, major shareholder Monarch Alternative Capital Lp sold 500,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, December 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $85.26, for a total transaction of $42,630,000.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director James N. Chapman sold 1,002 shares of Arch Coal, Inc. Class A stock in a transaction dated Friday, November 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $80.99, for a total value of $81,151.98. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 2,226 shares in the company, valued at $180,283.74. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 1.34% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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About Arch Coal, Inc. Class A

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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