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July 8, 2014
11:38 EDTWLT, ANR, ACI, WLBCoal producers retreat after Morgan Stanley lowers price forecast
Shares of some coal producers are falling after Morgan Stanley reduced its price targets on several names in the sector. WHAT'S NEW: Morgan Stanley analyst Evan Kurtz warned that metallurgical coal prices may rebound more slowly than the firm had previously expected. The firm's commodity forecasters reduced their outlook for met coal prices to $133 from $160 per ton in 2015, Kurtz reported. Chinese imports have been weak so far this year, as exports to that country from Australia have risen, the analyst explained. However, production cuts should still help prices rise next year, Kurtz stated. Nonetheless, he cut his price target on Walter Energy (WLT) to $16 from $26, on Alpha Natural (ANR) to $4 from $5 and on Arch Coal (ACI) to $2 from $3. He kept an Overweight rating on Walter Energy, an Equal Weight rating on Alpha Natural and an Underweight rating on Arch Coal. COMPANY NEWS: In addition to the analyst opinion, two of the companies in the sector, Walter Energy and Westmoreland Coal (WLB), announced news this morning. Walter Energy announced that it has commenced a private offering of $320M aggregate principal amount of 9.5% senior secured notes due 2019. Walter also disclosed in a regulatory filing earlier that its preliminary metallurgical coal production for Q2, including both hard coking coal and low-volatility pulverized coal injection product, was 2.5M metric tons, and that its preliminary metallurgical coal sales for Q2 was 2.7M metric tons. Additionally, Walter noted that it incurred severance charges of approximately $7M in Q2 in connection with the idling of its mines in Canada. For its part, Westmoreland disclosed in a regulatory filing that the company currently anticipates reporting adjusted EBITDA in the range of $35M-$38M for the three months ended June 30. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On June 20, another research firm, Sterne Agee, recommended that risk-tolerant investors buy Alpha Natural. The firm predicted that the company would benefit from normalizing thermal and metallurgical coal prices. According to Sterne Agee, the market was underestimating several of Alpha Natural's positive catalysts. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Walter Energy sank 5.4% to $5.82, Alpha Natural gave back 7.2% to $3.37, Arch Coal retreated 5.2% to $3.22, and Westmoreland sank 5% to $34.97.
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August 21, 2014
05:52 EDTWLTStocks with implied volatility movement; NOK WLT
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Nokia (NOK) 30, Walter Energy (WLT) 62 according to iVolatility.
August 14, 2014
16:01 EDTWLTOptions Update; August 14, 2014
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08:21 EDTWLT, ANR, ACIWhile 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
August 8, 2014
09:18 EDTWLBWestmoreland announces monetization of port agreement
Westmoreland Coal (WLB), through its Coal Valley Resources subsidiary, has entered into several agreements that will result in all of its Coal Valley Mine export tonnage being shipped through Ridley Terminals located in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada, beginning January 2015. CVRI voluntarily entered into a Termination Agreement with Westshore Terminals, located in Roberts Bank, British Columbia, Canada, to terminate its throughput capacity at Westshore effective as of December 31. Under a separate, but related agreement, Cloud Peak (CLD) paid $37M to CVRI in order to obtain CVRI's capacity at the fully utilized Westshore Terminals.
09:18 EDTWLBCloud Peak amends throughput agreement with Westshore Terminals
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August 7, 2014
10:00 EDTANROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:46 EDTANRAlpha Natural shares attractive at current levels, says Sterne Agee
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07:42 EDTANRAlpha Natural upgraded to Neutral at UBS
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06:50 EDTANRAlpha Natural upgraded at UBS
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