Peabody Energy Corporation (NYSE: BTU) and Horsehead Holding Corp. (OTCMKTS:ZINCQ) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends and risk.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Peabody Energy Corporation and Horsehead Holding Corp.’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Peabody Energy Corporation $4.72 billion 0.70 -$729.30 million N/A N/A
Horsehead Holding Corp. N/A N/A N/A ($13.24) 0.00

Horsehead Holding Corp. has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Peabody Energy Corporation.


This table compares Peabody Energy Corporation and Horsehead Holding Corp.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Peabody Energy Corporation 4.60% 19.92% 2.74%
Horsehead Holding Corp. -35.52% N/A -37.34%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

95.2% of Peabody Energy Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of Peabody Energy Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Peabody Energy Corporation and Horsehead Holding Corp., as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Peabody Energy Corporation 0 2 7 0 2.78
Horsehead Holding Corp. 0 0 0 0 N/A

Peabody Energy Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $35.63, suggesting a potential upside of 13.31%. Given Peabody Energy Corporation’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Peabody Energy Corporation is more favorable than Horsehead Holding Corp..


Peabody Energy Corporation beats Horsehead Holding Corp. on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Peabody Energy Corporation Company Profile

Peabody Energy Corporation is a coal company. The Company’s segments include Powder River Basin Mining, Midwestern U.S. Mining, Western U.S. Mining, Australian Metallurgical Mining, Australian Thermal Mining, Trading and Brokerage, and Corporate and Other. Its Powder River Basin Mining operations consist of its mines in Wyoming. Midwestern U.S. Mining operations reflect the Company‚Äôs Illinois and Indiana mining operations. Western U.S. Mining operations reflect the aggregation of the New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado mining operations. Australian Metallurgical Mining operations consist of mines in Queensland and New South Wales, Australia. Australian Thermal Mining operations consist of mines in New South Wales, Australia. Its Trading and Brokerage segment engages in the direct and brokered trading of coal and freight-related contracts through the trading and business offices. Its Corporate and Other includes selling and administrative expenses, and corporate hedging activities.

Horsehead Holding Corp. Company Profile

Horsehead Holding Corp. is a producer of zinc and nickel-based products sold primarily to customers throughout the United States and Canada. The Company is also a recycler of electric arc furnace (EAF) dust in the United States and a recycler of hazardous and non-hazardous waste for the specialty steel industry. It operates in three segments, which include Horsehead, Zochem and INMETCO. Horsehead is engaged in producing zinc metal and recycling of EAF dust. Zochem is engaged in producing zinc oxide in North America. INMETCO is engaged in recycling of nickel-bearing waste generated by the stainless and specialty steel producers, and recycling of nickel-cadmium and other types of batteries in North America. The Company’s products are used in a range of applications, including in the galvanizing of sheet and fabricated steel products, as components in rubber tires, alkaline batteries, paint, chemicals and pharmaceuticals and as a remelt alloy in the production of stainless steel.

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