Horsehead Holding Corp. (OTCMKTS: ZINCQ) and Peabody Energy (OTCMKTS:BTUUQ) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, profitability, dividends and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Horsehead Holding Corp. and Peabody Energy, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Horsehead Holding Corp. 0 0 0 0 N/A
Peabody Energy 0 3 1 0 2.25

Peabody Energy has a consensus price target of $32.00, indicating a potential upside of Infinity. Given Peabody Energy’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Peabody Energy is more favorable than Horsehead Holding Corp..


This table compares Horsehead Holding Corp. and Peabody Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Horsehead Holding Corp. -35.52% N/A -37.34%
Peabody Energy -12.92% -179.69% -6.22%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Horsehead Holding Corp. and Peabody Energy’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Horsehead Holding Corp. N/A N/A N/A ($13.24) 0.00
Peabody Energy N/A N/A N/A ($10.10) N/A

Horsehead Holding Corp. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Peabody Energy, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.0% of Peabody Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of Peabody Energy shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


Peabody Energy beats Horsehead Holding Corp. on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Horsehead Holding Corp. Company Profile

Horsehead Holding Corp. is a producer of zinc and nickel-based products sold primarily to customers throughout the United States and Canada. The Company is also a recycler of electric arc furnace (EAF) dust in the United States and a recycler of hazardous and non-hazardous waste for the specialty steel industry. It operates in three segments, which include Horsehead, Zochem and INMETCO. Horsehead is engaged in producing zinc metal and recycling of EAF dust. Zochem is engaged in producing zinc oxide in North America. INMETCO is engaged in recycling of nickel-bearing waste generated by the stainless and specialty steel producers, and recycling of nickel-cadmium and other types of batteries in North America. The Company’s products are used in a range of applications, including in the galvanizing of sheet and fabricated steel products, as components in rubber tires, alkaline batteries, paint, chemicals and pharmaceuticals and as a remelt alloy in the production of stainless steel.

Peabody Energy Company Profile

Peabody Energy Corporation is a coal company, which is engaged in the mining of thermal coal for sale primarily to electric utilities and metallurgical coal for sale to industrial customers. Its mining operations are located in the United States and Australia. Its segments are 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. It also markets and brokers coal from other coal producers, both as principal and agent, and trades coal and freight-related contracts through trading and business offices in Australia, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Its other energy-related commercial activities include participating in operations of a mine-mouth coal-fueled generating plant, managing its coal reserve and real estate holdings, evaluating Btu Conversion projects and supporting the development of clean coal technologies.

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