Alpha Natural downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS UBS downgraded Alpha Natural to Sell from Neutral and lowered its price target to $3 from $5 based on lower met coal price forecasts for the sector due to oversupply issues and the latest Q2 benchmark settlement that was lower than expected. The firm expects balance sheets to be stressed and cash burn to accelerate which could result in a 2016 liquidity crisis.
Joy Global sees U.S coal market to be challenged in 2015 Joy Global says U.S. coal exports are likely to decline this year. Falling gas prices attributable to warmer weather will result in a switch to gas for electricity production. Publicly traded companies in the coal space include Alliance Resource Partners (ARLP), Alpha Natural (ANR), Arch Coal (ACI), CONSOL (CNX), Cloud Peak (CLD), Peabody (BTU) and Walter Energy (WLT).