Peabody Energy Co. (NYSE:BTU) saw unusually large options trading on Monday. Stock investors bought 8,011 put options on the stock. This represents an increase of 1,389% compared to the average daily volume of 538 put options.

Shares of Peabody Energy (NYSE BTU) opened at $39.89 on Thursday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.60, a quick ratio of 1.47 and a current ratio of 1.75. Peabody Energy has a 1 year low of $22.58 and a 1 year high of $40.15.

Peabody Energy (NYSE:BTU) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, October 25th. The coal producer reported $1.49 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.35 by $0.14. The firm had revenue of $1.48 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.50 billion. Peabody Energy had a return on equity of 19.92% and a net margin of 4.60%. The company’s revenue was up 22.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted ($7.53) EPS. analysts predict that Peabody Energy will post 9.62 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Several research analysts have recently commented on BTU shares. ValuEngine downgraded Peabody Energy from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 9th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Peabody Energy from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $34.00 price target for the company in a research note on Wednesday, October 25th. FBR & Co set a $35.00 price target on Peabody Energy and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 11th. Finally, Jefferies Group began coverage on Peabody Energy in a research note on Tuesday, November 14th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $38.00 price target for the company. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $37.11.

Several large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Legal & General Group Plc lifted its position in shares of Peabody Energy by 28.5% during the 3rd quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 16,302 shares of the coal producer’s stock valued at $473,000 after acquiring an additional 3,616 shares during the period. American Century Companies Inc. lifted its position in shares of Peabody Energy by 14.1% during the 3rd quarter. American Century Companies Inc. now owns 33,794 shares of the coal producer’s stock valued at $980,000 after acquiring an additional 4,181 shares during the period. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. bought a new stake in shares of Peabody Energy during the 2nd quarter valued at $105,000. New York State Teachers Retirement System bought a new stake in shares of Peabody Energy during the 3rd quarter valued at $125,000. Finally, Van ECK Associates Corp lifted its position in shares of Peabody Energy by 4.9% during the 3rd quarter. Van ECK Associates Corp now owns 115,841 shares of the coal producer’s stock valued at $3,361,000 after acquiring an additional 5,444 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 95.17% of the company’s stock.

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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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