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  • One Coal Company That Won't Give Your Portfolio Black Lung

    By Phillip Woolgar - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: ANR, ACI, BTU

    Coal companies are facing challenges from all sides. Higher operating costs are eating away at margins, natural gas production is becoming easier with new shale technology, and environmental regulators are stomping out damaging production practices and use.

    Not all companies are doomed, however, as coal exports are still promising. Let's take a look at which firms are in trouble, and which could be profitable for the next several years more »

  • Is This Coal Stock Worth the Risk?

    By Dan Moskowitz - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: ANR, ACI, BTU

    Arch Coal’s (NYSE: ACI) stock price has appreciated more than 12% over the past month, but some investors will strongly argue that this is nothing more than a dead cat bounce. With no international improvements in thermal coal markets in the second quarter, and all coal exports expected to be lower in 2013 than 2012, finding reasons to be bullish on Arch Coal can be challenging. However, challenging situations more »

  • Is it Time to Invest in Coal?

    By Brian Nichols - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: ANR, ACI, BTU, WLT

    Aside from solar, no industry in the market has been more beaten down over the last few years than coal. With that said, solar stocks saw a rebound earlier this year, and now with decent data and shifting outlooks, many believe it is now time to buy coal stocks – but is it?

    What Happened?

    Since January 2011, coal stocks have been the worst performers in the stock market. Take a more »

  • Is the Giant Back on Track?

    By Waqar Saif - August 10, 2013 | Tickers: ANR, ACI, BTU

    At a time when the whole coal industry faces severe headwinds, Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU) surprised analysts by reporting a profit instead of a loss. The company’s second-quarter earnings topped analysts’ estimates by $0.38. Does this mean that Peabody Energy and the coal industry are back on track? Let's find out.

    Quarterly earnings

    In the second quarter, Peabody earned net income of $90.3 million, or $0 more »

  • The insatiable appetite for coal in the East

    By Hussain Asghar - August 9, 2013 | Tickers: ANR, CNX, BTU

    The demand for coal in the US has been suppressed over the past few years due to the slow economic activity and the low natural gas prices. However, as the natural gas price increased and the economy started to recover, the demand for coal was seen to rise again in the latter part of 2012. From amongst the US-based coal mining companies, three companies have some of the largest reserves more »

  • Great Time to Buy 3 Bargain Coal Stocks

    By John Dowdee - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: ANR, ACI, BTU

    In previous eras, coal dominated the energy consumption market, being both abundant and cheap.  However. over the past few years, the popularity of coal has plummeted because of a hostile political environment, the low price of natural gas, and a worldwide economic slowdown. But contrary to popular sentiment, global demand for coal is expected to increase. To paraphrase Mark Twain, the death of coal as an energy source has been more »

  • When Will Walter Energy be a Buy?

    By Jason Bond - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: ANR, BTU, WLT

    Walter Energy (NYSE:WLT) has fallen 75% year to date. Should investors buy now or wait until the smoke clears?


    Macro Headwinds

    China, which accounted for 45% of the world's steel demand in 2012, is slowing. According to Caterpillar, demand for construction equipment in China has halved. Because of the headwinds, the benchmark coking coal price has subsequently fallen quarter over quarter from $172 to $145 and most metallurgical more »

  • Never-Ending Pain for This Coal Miner

    By Vladimir Zernov - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: ANR, ACI, WLT

    Coal miners are some of the most beaten down stocks this year. And one of the most unfortunate companies among coal miners is Walter Energy (NYSE: WLT). The stock is down 71% already. Investors hoped that the second quarter earnings report would show some improvements. This was not the case.

    No positive changes so far

    Walter Energy has beaten earnings estimates, losing $34.5 million, or $0.55 per share more »

  • Crushing Earnings Estimates Is Business-as-Usual For This Coal Stock

    By Bob Ciura - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: ARLP, ANR, BTU | Editor's Choice

    It’s no secret that the coal industry in the United States is under fire. A multitude of industry headwinds, including depressed natural gas prices and ongoing regulatory threats, have brought the entire sector to its knees.

    Shares of coal producers, including Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU) and Alpha Natural Resources (NYSE: ANR), have taken an absolute beating over the past few years. With all this going on, you’d be more »

  • Coal Is Screaming Value

    By Joshua Bondy - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: ANR, ACI, BTU

    Coal companies are still recovering from write downs, but slowly, the industry is coming back. Now, there are a number of companies trading at or below book value. Simply buying up the entire industry is not a good idea, but there are some miners that are trading at very attractive valuations. 

    BTU Price / Book Value data by YCharts

    Thank the momentum effect

    In the world of finance, there is a more »

  • Coal Stocks Improved on Cost Cuts Though Stocks Slump

    By Mark Holder - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: ANR, BTU, WLT

    Though the stocks haven’t traded well the last couple of days, costs cuts have improved the potential for rebounds in both Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU) and Walter Energy (NYSE: WLT). Peabody easily smashed estimates while Walter provided hope that a liquidity crisis wouldn’t smash the stock.

    Coal stocks trade at multi-year lows as falling commodity prices have hit revenues, but now the companies have been able to drastically more »

  • Walter Energy Is Worth How Much?

    By Mark Holder - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: ANR, CLF, WLT

    A typical headline such as the above usually signals a stock that has an absurdly high valuation and that is due for a correction. In the case of Walter Energy (NYSE: WLT), the amazing part is how low the market cap has dropped. This stock was a poster child of the commodity boom and has collapsed around 90% in just over two years.

    The company is seen as the “pure more »

  • 2 Coal Stocks to Avoid

    By Faizan Chudhry - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: ANR, KOL, WLT

    The U.S. coal industry has suffered greatly due to weak coal demand. The Market Vectors Coal (NYSEMKT: KOL), which replicates the performance of coal industry, has an expense ratio of 0.59%. CONSOL Energy and Peabody Energy, with 7.56% and 6.13%, respectively, are among the largest components of Market Vectors Coal. Market Vectors Coal has underperformed the broad market in recent times. Year to date, Market Vectors more »

  • Has This Giant Bottomed Out?

    By Waqar Saif - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: ANR, ACI, BTU

    Low coal prices have been the major culprit behind a waning coal industry. Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU), the world’s largest private coal company, has been no exception to the declining coal sector. On July 3, 2013, Peabody’s shares closed at a mere $14.65, showing a 43% fall on a year-over-year basis.

    With Peabody’s share price plummeting, two key questions come into mind: Has Peabody Energy bottomed more »

  • 4 Single-Digit Commodity Plays: 2 to Buy, 2 to Avoid

    By Sammy Pollack - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: ANR, ACI, KOL, NG, SSRI

    So far, 2013 has been very unfriendly to commodity and commodity stock investors.  Commodity price weakness has led to massive sell-offs in many commodity-producing companies. Certainly, in the future some of these beaten-down names will look like bargains at current prices, while others will likely be out of business. Just as the assault on financial stocks in 2008 created some great opportunities so to has the current sell-off in commodities more »

  • Commodities Bearing Down on Your Portfolio

    By Marshall Hargrave - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: ANR, VALE, BTU

    Both iron and coal entered bear markets earlier this year, meaning that a number of portfolios have been feeling the pressure, mainly due to weakness in China. The commodity-using giant appears to be at the root of much of these declines. Bank of America recently reduced its estimate on China’s 2013 gross domestic product growth to 7.6% from 8%, noting that Chinese macro data is deteriorating. 

    Coal downfall more »
  • Walter Energy: Classic Turnaround Play or Value Trap?

    By Sean O'Reilly - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: ANR, SXC, WLT

    Shares of Walter Energy (NYSE: WLT) have been pummeled as of late. The metallurgical coal producer, one of the only pure plays in the industry, has not only been experiencing losses since 2012, but is now spooking investors of its long-term viability. In fact, one of the reasons for the stock’s 68% drop in share price so far this year was the announcement on June 14 that Walter Energy more »

  • Would the Sale of Assets Help This Coal Stock?

    By Vladimir Zernov - July 5, 2013 | Tickers: ANR, ACI, BTU

    Coal stocks continue to remain under pressure this year. Falling coal prices and uncertainty about the world economy and coal demand has pushed coal stocks down. President Obama’s plan to limit coal-fired plants adds more pressure to the industry.

    When the situation got dire, coal companies started to implement their cost-cutting plans. Their strategy was to limit their expenses and wait until the storm passes. However, the storm seems more »

  • Getting Down and Dirty in Coal

    By Bob Chandler - July 3, 2013 | Tickers: ANR, ACI, BTU

    Investing in coal is a frightening proposition. The news coming out of the industry is terrible, most of the companies are expected to post net losses this year, and the sector's shares are down roughly 46% since early 2012. But, even with the negatives, some positive factors could make buying coal stocks a consideration. Such a purchase, though not really an investment, might be an attractive measured speculation.

    Plenty more »

  • Coking Coal Players Feel the Pain, When the Gain?

    By Peter Epstein - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: ANR, ACI, CNX, BTU, WLT

    Benchmark coking coal prices are down 56% from a quarterly price of $330 per metric tonne in mid 2011 to $145 per tonne for the July-Sept,  2013 period. This depressed level is widely believed to be below the marginal cost of production of roughly $175-$185 per tonne. However, spot prices have been below that level for quite some time, suggesting that the true marginal cost might be closer to more »

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