Peabody Energy Shares Plunged and Bounced Back: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU  ) fell as much as 11% in early trading but have recovered most of those losses throughout the day.

So what: Peabody released earnings this morning, and there really wasn’t a lot to complain about. Revenue rose 9% to $2.04 billion, and adjusted earnings per share were $0.87, both beating estimates.

In other news, early in the day ArcelorMittal (NYSE: MT  ) said it was pulling out of a joint bid with Peabody to purchase Macarthur Coal in Australia.

Now what: It appears the acquisition of Macarthur is moving forward as planned, but this was definitely an unexpected announcement. A $5 billion acquisition is a lot for Peabody to swallow, so we’ll have to see if any changes ensue.

But earnings were very good, so I don’t see a big reason to jump ship today.

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