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Fly News Breaks for August 6, 2019
Aug 6, 2019 | 04:46 EDT
Jefferies analyst Christopher Lafemina downgraded Peabody Energy to Hold from Buy and lowered his price target for the shares to $18 from $27. A number of negative catalysts have emerged for miners, including the escalation of trade wars, devaluation of the yuan and tightening measures in the Chinese property market, Lafemina tells investors in a research note. Most miners have been relying on capital returns to attract investors, prioritizing dividends and share buy backs over new investments, says the analyst. However, he now expects declining earnings and free cash flow to drive declining capital returns, thereby removing a source of support for the stocks.
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