Arch Coal (ARCH) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Analysis Finds

News stories about Arch Coal (NYSE:ARCH) have been trending somewhat positive on Wednesday, according to Accern. The research firm identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Arch Coal earned a daily sentiment score of 0.06 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the energy company an impact score of 46.5853986406116 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

Several research analysts have recently commented on the stock. Jefferies Group set a $90.00 price target on shares of Arch Coal and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, August 18th. Macquarie assumed coverage on shares of Arch Coal in a research note on Thursday, September 7th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $84.00 price target on the stock. FBR & Co restated a “buy” rating on shares of Arch Coal in a research note on Tuesday, October 31st. MKM Partners restated a “buy” rating and set a $104.00 price target on shares of Arch Coal in a research note on Tuesday, September 12th. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded shares of Arch Coal from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, December 1st. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $93.00.

Arch Coal (ARCH) opened at $84.46 on Wednesday. Arch Coal has a 12 month low of $60.13 and a 12 month high of $86.35. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.46, a quick ratio of 2.40 and a current ratio of 2.79.

Arch Coal (NYSE:ARCH) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 31st. The energy company reported $2.54 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.58 by $0.96. The business had revenue of $613.53 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $550.35 million. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 11.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the company earned ($1.43) EPS. sell-side analysts expect that Arch Coal will post 9.62 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 15th. Investors of record on Thursday, November 30th will be issued a dividend of $0.35 per share. This represents a $1.40 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.66%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, November 29th.

In related news, Director James N. Chapman sold 1,002 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, November 24th. The shares were sold at an average price of $80.99, for a total transaction of $81,151.98. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 2,226 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $180,283.74. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. 1.34% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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Arch Coal Company Profile

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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