Arch Coal, Inc. Class A (ARCH) Earning Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Analysis Finds

Press coverage about Arch Coal, Inc. Class A (NASDAQ:ARCH) has been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. Accern identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Arch Coal, Inc. Class A earned a media sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the energy company an impact score of 46.9091913511132 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

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

Shares of Arch Coal, Inc. Class A (NASDAQ ARCH) opened at 74.69 on Friday. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $74.12 and its 200 day moving average is $71.09. Arch Coal, Inc. Class A has a 1-year low of $59.05 and a 1-year high of $86.47. The stock has a market capitalization of $1.82 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 1.04.

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

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 15th. Investors of record on Thursday, August 31st will be issued a dividend of $0.35 per share. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, August 29th. This represents a $1.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.87%. This is an increase from Arch Coal, Inc. Class A’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.03.

A number of equities analysts have recently issued reports on the company. Stifel Nicolaus reduced their price target on Arch Coal, Inc. Class A from $96.00 to $92.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, May 19th. FBR & Co upped their price target on Arch Coal, Inc. Class A from $103.00 to $105.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Monday, May 15th. Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $90.00 price target on shares of Arch Coal, Inc. Class A in a research report on Friday, July 7th. MKM Partners reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $89.00 target price (up from $86.00) on shares of Arch Coal, Inc. Class A in a research report on Tuesday, May 9th. Finally, Seaport Global Securities reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Arch Coal, Inc. Class A in a research report on Thursday, July 27th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $91.67.

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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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