Somewhat Positive Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Peabody Energy (BTU) Share Price

Media stories about Peabody Energy (NYSE:BTU) have been trending somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Peabody Energy earned a news impact score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the coal producer an impact score of 48.0440927459181 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

A number of equities research analysts have issued reports on the stock. B. Riley reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Peabody Energy in a report on Wednesday, November 1st. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Peabody Energy from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $43.00 target price for the company in a research report on Tuesday, February 13th. ValuEngine cut shares of Peabody Energy from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, February 2nd. Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “hold” rating and set a $43.00 price target on shares of Peabody Energy in a research report on Tuesday, January 16th. Finally, Seaport Global Securities reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $48.00 target price on shares of Peabody Energy in a report on Monday, January 22nd. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $41.00.

Shares of Peabody Energy (NYSE:BTU) opened at $40.92 on Friday. The company has a current ratio of 1.76, a quick ratio of 1.53 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.46. The stock has a market cap of $4,276.14 and a P/E ratio of 4.25. Peabody Energy has a 12-month low of $22.58 and a 12-month high of $41.98.

Peabody Energy (NYSE:BTU) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, February 7th. The coal producer reported $1.52 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.33 by $0.19. Peabody Energy had a net margin of 14.41% and a return on equity of 32.83%. The business had revenue of $1.52 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.51 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned ($10.53) earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.3% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts predict that Peabody Energy will post 3.53 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a Not Available dividend, which will be paid on Monday, March 5th. Shareholders of record on Monday, February 19th will be issued 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 dividend payout ratio is currently 4.51%.

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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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