Peabody Energy, previously Peabody Coal Company, is the largest U.S. mining companies in the coal mining industry, based in St. Louis, Missouri. The company is listed on the stock index S & P 500. Peabody Energy employs approximately 8,300 people.
Peabody Energy was founded in 1883 in Chicago, Illinois.
Peabody wants 2010 to take over the Australian coal producer Macarthur and has mid-April 2010 increased its takeover bid for the second time. Now there are 16 Australian dollars per share in cash offer, which corresponds to a total cost of 4.1 billion U.S. dollars ( 2.8 billion euros ) and outdoes the competition offered by the Australian coal company New Hope Coal.