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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 14, 2014
08:21 EDTACI, ANRWhile Appalachian mines close, U.S. ramps up coal imports, WSJ says
Coal imports surged 44% to 5.4M metric tons during the first six months of this year compared with last, despite coal mines closing throughout the Appalachia region, reported The Wall Street Journal, which noted that IHS Energy said it costs $26 a ton to ship coal from Central Appalachia to Florida but only $15 a ton to get coal from a mine in Colombia. Imports supply just 1% of U.S. coal consumption, but the imports, especially from Colombia, "are a factor" in mine closings, the report added. Publicly traded coal companies include Alpha Natural (ANR), Arch Coal (ACI), CONSOL (CNX), Cloud Peak (CLD), Peabody (BTU), Alliance Resource Partners (ARLP), and Walter Energy (WLT). Reference Link

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