Media stories about Peabody Energy (NYSE:BTU) have trended somewhat positive on Monday, Accern reports. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded 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 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the coal producer an impact score of 47.6363532963757 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

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Shares of Peabody Energy stock traded down $1.52 during trading hours on Monday, reaching $38.62. 1,259,488 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,178,318. The company has a market cap of $5,206.86 and a P/E ratio of 3.79. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.46, a quick ratio of 1.53 and a current ratio of 1.76. Peabody Energy has a fifty-two week low of $22.58 and a fifty-two week high of $41.98.

Peabody Energy (NYSE:BTU) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, February 7th. The coal producer reported $1.52 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.33 by $0.19. The business had revenue of $1.52 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate 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 quarter in the prior year, the firm earned ($10.53) EPS. equities analysts predict that Peabody Energy will post 3.53 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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

Several analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Jefferies Group upgraded 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. ValuEngine lowered shares of Peabody Energy from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, February 2nd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Peabody Energy from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $45.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, January 24th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reiterated an “overweight” rating and set a $48.00 price target (down previously from $52.00) on shares of Peabody Energy in a research report on Friday. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $43.00 price target on shares of Peabody Energy in a research report on Tuesday, January 16th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $42.30.

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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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