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March 25, 2014
10:52 EDTACI, ANRAlpha Natural, Arch Coal retreat after analyst downgrades
Two stocks declining despite today's market rally are coal miners Alpha Natural (ANR) and Arch Coal (ACI), which were both downgraded to Hold from Buy by research firm Jefferies. WHAT'S NEW: Alpha Natural and Arch Coal would both be significantly hurt by another large decline in natural gas prices, wrote Jefferies analyst Peter Ward in a note to investors earlier today. Natural gas prices could take another major hit, the analyst believes, while metallurgical coal prices are unlikely to spike higher, as they have in the past, Ward warned. He called the current price action in metallurgical coal "sluggish." WHAT'S NOTABLE: Bank of America Merrill Lynch recently cut its estimates and price targets on several coal miners, including Arch Coal and Alpha Natural. It also slashed its price target on another name in the sector, Walter Energy (WLT), to $2 from $8. The firm cited sinking met coal prices, oversupply, and falling marginal costs as reasons for its changes. Bank of America Merrill kept Underperform ratings on Arch Coal, Alpha Natural, and Walter Energy when it issued its note on March 20. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Arch coal sank 3.6% to $4.50, while Alpha Natural fell 2.6% to $4.40.
News For ANR;ACI From The Last 14 Days
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May 26, 2015
09:58 EDTACIOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:24 EDTANRAlpha Natural initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse
Target $.50.
07:24 EDTACIArch Coal initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse
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May 22, 2015
18:39 EDTACIArch Coal hires advisers to help decrease debt load, WSJ reports
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13:01 EDTANRAlpha Natural affiliates to downsize central Appalachian mining operations
Operating affiliates of Alpha Natural have notified employees of the expected idling of the mining and processing operations where they work. In accordance with requirements of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, notices were given today to 439 employees at Rockspring Development's Camp Creek Underground Mine and Processing Plant in Wayne County, West Virginia, regarding the expected idling of those facilities based on the mine operator's current assessment of market conditions. Additionally, three other Alpha-affiliated mine operators announced last week that reductions in force were taking place at their locations due to sustained weak market conditions and government regulations that have challenged the entire Central Appalachian coal industry. A total of 71 employees were impacted. These actions are being triggered by persistent weakness in U.S. and overseas coal demand and depressed price levels, along with government regulations that are causing electric utilities to close existing coal-fired power plants and forego construction of new coal-fired capacity. Excess supply of coal worldwide also has contributed to sustained price weakness.
May 20, 2015
13:07 EDTANRAlpha Natural downgraded to Underperform from In-Line at Imperial Capital
Imperial Capital downgraded Alpha Natural to Underperform and reduced its price target to 40c from $1.50. The firm said Alpha can no longer access $750M in first lien basket now that the latest 12 month 1L secured leverage is greater than 2X and downgraded shares due to the significant deterioration in outlook.

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