Friday, June 14, 2013

Investopedia: Peabody Energy Carries Higher Expectations, But Solid Value

Having recently examined Arch Coal (NYSE:ACI) and Cloud Peak Energy (NYSE:CLD), it's time to examine the largest U.S. coal producer – Peabody Energy (NYSE:BTU). There is a lot to like about Peabody at first glance, as this company has attractive U.S. thermal coal exposure (with minimal Appalachian reserves) and heavily China-leveraged met coal exposure.

On the other hand, Peabody is arguably the most well-respected coal miner out there (and maybe one of the best-regarded natural resource companies overall) and investors and analysts consistently award the stock a higher multiple than its peers. Consequently, while Peabody may the highest-quality coal stock to own today, the upside in these shares to a thermal (and/or met) coal recovery doesn't seem as great as in its rivals.

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