Media coverage about Peabody Energy (NYSE:BTU) has trended somewhat positive on Thursday, AlphaOne Sentiment Analysis reports. AlphaOne, a service of Accern, identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. AlphaOne ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Peabody Energy earned a media sentiment score of 0.23 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also assigned news coverage about the coal producer an impact score of 84 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is very likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

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A number of equities analysts recently commented on the company. Seaport Global Securities assumed coverage on Peabody Energy in a research note on Friday, April 7th. They set a “neutral” rating for the company. Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “hold” rating and set a $29.00 price target on shares of Peabody Energy in a research note on Wednesday. FBR & Co reissued an “outperform” rating and set a $34.00 price target (up from $33.00) on shares of Peabody Energy in a research note on Tuesday. Finally, Clarkson Capital reissued a “buy” rating and set a $44.00 price target on shares of Peabody Energy in a research note on Sunday, April 2nd. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $32.25.

Shares of Peabody Energy (NYSE:BTU) traded up 0.24% during trading on Thursday, reaching $25.00. The company had a trading volume of 491,404 shares. The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $26.56 and its 200-day moving average price is $26.56. Peabody Energy has a 52 week low of $22.61 and a 52 week high of $32.50. The company’s market capitalization is $462.28 million.

In other Peabody Energy news, major shareholder Associates L.P. Elliott acquired 173,760 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, April 6th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $27.82 per share, for a total transaction of $4,834,003.20. Following the completion of the acquisition, the insider now owns 1,055,427 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $29,361,979.14. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink.

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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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