News stories about Arch Coal, Inc. Class A (NASDAQ:ARCH) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research firm identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Arch Coal, Inc. Class A earned a media sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the energy company an impact score of 46.8178584652367 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

A number of research analysts recently commented on ARCH shares. FBR & Co raised their price objective on shares of Arch Coal, Inc. Class A from $103.00 to $105.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Monday, May 15th. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $92.00 price objective on shares of Arch Coal, Inc. Class A in a research note on Friday, July 21st. Seaport Global Securities reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Arch Coal, Inc. Class A in a research note on Thursday, July 27th. MKM Partners reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $89.00 price objective (up previously from $86.00) on shares of Arch Coal, Inc. Class A in a research note on Tuesday, May 9th. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $90.00 price objective on shares of Arch Coal, Inc. Class A in a research note on Friday, July 7th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $91.67.

Arch Coal, Inc. Class A (ARCH) traded down 1.10% on Friday, reaching $75.21. 275,263 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. The firm has a market capitalization of $1.83 billion and a PE ratio of 1.05. Arch Coal, Inc. Class A has a 52-week low of $0.04 and a 52-week high of $86.47. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $72.87 and its 200 day moving average price is $71.07.

Arch Coal, Inc. Class A (NASDAQ:ARCH) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The energy company reported $1.85 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.92 by $0.07. The firm had revenue of $549.87 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $596.76 million. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 30.8% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts predict that Arch Coal, Inc. Class A will post $9.26 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 15th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, August 31st will be given a dividend of $0.35 per share. This represents a $1.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.86%. This is a positive change from Arch Coal, Inc. Class A’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.03. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, August 29th.

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About Arch Coal, Inc. Class A

Arch Coal, Inc is a coal producer. The Company is engaged in the production of thermal and metallurgical coal from surface and underground mines located throughout the United States, for sale to utility, industrial and steel producers both in the United States and around the world. The Company operates mining complexes in West Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia, Illinois, Wyoming and Colorado.

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