Peabody Energy (BTU) Earns Media Sentiment Score of 0.17

News headlines about Peabody Energy (NYSE:BTU) have trended somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Peabody Energy earned a media sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the coal producer an impact score of 48.0440927459181 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:

Shares of Peabody Energy (BTU) opened at $40.55 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 1.53, a current ratio of 1.76 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.46. The stock has a market cap of $4,329.44 and a P/E ratio of 3.98. Peabody Energy has a 52-week low of $22.58 and a 52-week high of $41.98.

Peabody Energy (NYSE:BTU) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, February 7th. The coal producer reported $1.52 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.33 by $0.19. The business had revenue of $1.52 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.51 billion. Peabody Energy had a net margin of 14.41% and a return on equity of 32.83%. The firm’s revenue was up 5.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned ($10.53) earnings per share. research analysts anticipate that Peabody Energy will post 3.37 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a Not Available dividend, which will be paid on Monday, March 5th. Investors of record on Monday, February 19th will be given a dividend of $0.115 per share. This represents a yield of 0.00296468161897396%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, February 15th. Peabody Energy’s payout ratio is presently 4.51%.

Several research analysts have commented on BTU shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Peabody Energy from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $34.00 target price for the company in a report on Wednesday, October 25th. FBR & Co reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $37.00 price target (up from $36.00) on shares of Peabody Energy in a research report on Wednesday, October 25th. B. Riley reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Peabody Energy in a research report on Wednesday, November 1st. Jefferies Group raised shares of Peabody Energy to a “buy” rating and increased their price target for the stock from $38.00 to $43.00 in a research report on Tuesday, December 5th. Finally, ValuEngine raised shares of Peabody Energy from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, December 1st. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the stock. Peabody Energy presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $41.00.

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Peabody Energy 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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