Based on the aggregated intelligence of 125,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, private-sector coal king Peabody Energy (NYSE:BTU) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Peabody's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Peabody facts

Headquarters (Founded)

St. Louis (1883)

Market Cap

$5.5 Billion


Coal and Consumable Fuels

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$6.59 Billion


CEO Gregory Boyce (Since 2006)

CFO Michael Crews (Since 2008)

Return on Equity (Average, Past Three Years)



Arch Coal (NYSE:ACI)

Massey Energy (NYSE:MEE)


CAPS Members Bullish on BTU Also Bullish on:

Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK)

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (NYSE:FCX)

CAPS Members Bearish on BTU Also Bearish on:

PotashCorp (NYSE:POT)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 1,664 of the 1,725 members who have rated Peabody -- 96.5% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include NoTimeForKarma and BSHumphreyII.

In December, NoTimeForKarma said of Peabody: "[Doing] good things with their money and is doing so in a valuable market. Coal energy is still a cheap form of energy that isn't going anywhere anytime soon."

In a pitch from one week earlier, BSHumphreyII offered some other bullish reasoning:

Forget all the Obama talk on coal, global warming fantasies will take a back seat to economic reality before long. For one thing, there is no viable alternative for coal, which provides half of our electricity production.

Second, last I checked, Obama was not president-elect of China, and they're showing no signs of slowing down their unbelievable coal plant production. Peabody is building a huge coal mine in Inner Mongolia, so they'll have good access to that market.

Like most other cyclicals in this market, coal stocks are ridiculously oversold, with prices reflecting economic numbers 10x worse than they actually are.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Chesapeake Energy is a Motley Fool Inside Value pick. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.