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March 25, 2014
10:52 EDTANR, ACIAlpha 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.
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August 31, 2014
21:48 EDTACI, ANRCoal stocks may get boost from Russia tensions, Reuters says
U.S. coal company stocks may get a boost in the near term if worsening relations between Russia and the West motivate President Putin to limit Europe’s natural gas supply, says Reuters. Publicly traded companies in the space include Alliance Resource Partners (ARLP), Alpha Natural (ANR), Arch Coal (ACI), CONSOL (CNX), Cloud Peak (CLD), Peabody (BTU) and Walter Energy (WLT). Reference Link
17:00 EDTACI, ANRCoal miners become more optimistic as prices stabilize, WSJ says
Coal miners are becoming more optimistic as a two year glut of the fuel that has driven prices down seems to be abating, says the Wall Street Journal. Plant shutdowns and a pickup in buying from China and India are leading to more price stability and what some see as a gradual recovery, added the Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded companies in the space include Alliance Resource Partners (ARLP), Alpha Natural (ANR), Arch Coal (ACI), CONSOL (CNX), Cloud Peak (CLD), Peabody (BTU) and Walter Energy (WLT). Reference Link
August 29, 2014
08:37 EDTANRAlpha Natural unit received MHSA imminent danger order on Aug. 25
Alpha Natural Resources disclosed last night in a regulatory filing that on August 25, its subsidiary Brooks Run South Mining received an imminent danger order issued by the Mine Safety and Health Administration to the Wyoming No 2 Mine, located near Marianna, West Virginia. The order alleged that a miner was observed working in close proximity to an energized, unmanned scoop. The scoop was immediately de-energized, whereupon MSHA terminated the order. "MSHA had issued no citations or orders to the Mine for persons working near an energized, unmanned scoop during the prior twelve months, and no injuries occurred in connection with the alleged practice," Alpha Natural stated.

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