Despite general economic uncertainty, shares in Peabody Energy (NYQ:BTU) have been in an uptrend in recent months. The question now for investors is whether that price strength will continue.
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How has the Peabody Energy (NYQ:BTU) share price performed?
In terms of relative price strength the stock has performed well against the market over the past year:
1 Month: 23.8%
6 Months: 233.5%
12 Months: 217.3%
This is important because relative strength is a useful tool in the armoury of technical traders and investors. It’s an instant measure of how a stock has performed in comparison with a benchmark.
And while there are no certainties about which way a stock will move next, research shows that price trends like this can persist.
Studies by leading experts on momentum show that stocks with the strongest price strength can keep up the pace for anywhere up to one year, as investors increasingly buy into them.
What does this mean for potential investors?
Peabody Energy is currently among the stocks with the strongest six-month and one-year relative price strength in the market. But momentum on its own is no guarantee of future returns.
To get a better idea about whether this momentum will continue, it's worth doing some investigation yourself. Indeed, we've identified some areas of concern with Peabody Energy that you can find out about here.