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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Low Natural Gas Prices Could Impact Coal Miners

    Henry Hub benchmark natural gas prices came in at $3.01 per MMBtu for the week ended September 30, 2016. This compares to $3.11 per MMBtu for the previous week.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Energy & Utilities

    Appalachian Coal Price Rose in the Last Week of September

    During the week ended September 29, 2017, spot coal prices for the Powder River Basin and the Illinois Basin closed at the same price as the previous week.

    By Alexis Tate
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Rising Natural Gas Inventory Makes Coal Producers Sweat

    The change of 94 Bcf in the underground natural gas inventory during the week of August 28 came in higher than Wall Street analysts’ expectation of 84 Bcf.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Earnings Report

    What Could Drive Arch Coal Stock in 2017?

    Although the majority of coal (KOL) stocks began 2016 on a weak note, they outperformed the broader market in 2016.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Energy & Utilities

    Coal Spot Prices Remained Steady in the Week Ended October 20

    During the week ended October 20, 2017, coal spot prices from all the regions remained steady compared to their prices in the week ended October 13.

    By Alexis Tate
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Understanding the Master Limited Partnership Structure of Alliance Resource Partners

    As of December 31, 2016, Alliance Resource Partners was being managed by its MGP, which is 100% owned, directly and indirectly, by AGHP.

    By Alexis Tate
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    Energy & Utilities

    Coal Prices Have Been Steady Week-over-Week

    Powder River Basin (or PRB) coal prices settled at $12.10 per short ton when the market closed on December 1, 2017. The prices were constant for all of November.

    By Alexis Tate
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    Basic Materials

    These MLPs Rose More Than 9% in Week Ended January 5

    CVR Partners (UAN) was the top MLP gainer last week, which ended on January 5, 2018. It rose 23.2%.

    By Kurt Gallon
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    Energy & Utilities

    Coal Prices Remained Steady in the Week Ending September 9

    For the week ending September 9, 2016, PRB spot coal prices came in at $10.50 per ton, which is marginally lower than the previous week’s $10.65 per ton.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Energy & Utilities

    Spot Coal Prices Remained Flat in the Week Ending November 3

    Powder River Basin coal settled at $11.75 per short ton, while Illinois Basin spot coal prices closed at $32.60 per short ton.

    By Alexis Tate
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Natural Gas Prices Lean Hard on Coal in Mid-December

    Henry Hub benchmark natural gas prices rose in the week leading up to December 11. But the benchmark natural gas price fell to $1.77 per MMBtu on the day.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Coal under Pressure as Natural Gas Prices Fall Again

    Natural gas prices ended the September 4 week in red. Low natural gas prices have eaten away market share from coal in electricity generation.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Key Update: Supreme Court Hands Rare Victory to Coal on MATS

    In a landmark 5–4 ruling on June 29, the Supreme Court ruled that the EPA unreasonably interpreted the Clean Air Act in writing the original form of its 2012 Mercury and Air Toxic Standards.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Earnings Report

    What Could Drive Alliance Resource Partners Stock in 2017?

    The majority of coal stocks began 2016 on a weak note. But they outperformed the broader market in 2016—mostly through gains in the second half of 2016.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Energy & Utilities

    Coal Prices Have Been Constant Week-over-Week

    The coal prices in the Powder River Basin (or PRB) reached $12.10 per short ton for the week ended December 8, 2017.

    By Alexis Tate
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What the Dip in Natural Gas Inventory Means for Coal

    A lower-than-expected natural gas inventory indicates a lower-than-expected supply, which means a higher-than-expected demand—and boosts natural gas prices.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Energy & Utilities

    Powder River Basin Coal Spot Prices Recovered Sharply

    During the week ended November 10, 2017, PRB coal closed at $12.10 per short ton, which was ~3% higher than $11.75 per short ton that coal maintained for the past five weeks.

    By Alexis Tate
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    Earnings Report

    Why Outlook on Vale’s Coal Business Is Still Negative

    Vale expects the coal market to remain oversupplied throughout 2015 despite a production decrease from US producers. The outlook thus remains negative for Vale’s coal operations.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Natural Gas Inventory High Enough to Pressure Coal

    A rise in natural gas inventory is a good indication that winter is over. If inventory is higher than expected, then so is expected supply.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Natural Gas Inventory Tops Expectations: Bad for Coal

    Natural gas inventory has risen over the past few weeks since the injection season has started. If inventory is higher than expected, it indicates a higher-than-expected supply, which pressures natural gas prices. A fall in natural gas prices hurts coal producers.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Energy & Utilities

    Natural Gas Inventories and Coal in Week Ended September 1

    When the prices of other fuels are more attractive, the demand for coal can fall, and when other fuel prices increase, coal can become more attractive.

    By Alexis Tate
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    Energy & Utilities

    Last Week’s Biggest MLP Losses

    MLPs with heavy exposure to Interstate Pipelines lost the most last week. TC PipeLines (TCP) recorded the highest losses.

    By Kurt Gallon
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    Energy & Utilities

    Why USAC Was the Top MLP Last Week

    USA Compression Partners (USAC), a midstream MLP involved in natural gas contract compression services, was the top MLP gainer last week with WoW (week-over-week) gains of 7.8%.

    By Kurt Gallon
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    Energy & Utilities

    ARLP Ranks Sixth in Upside Potential among MLPs

    Alliance Resource Partners (ARLP) has lost 28.6% since the beginning of this year.

    By Kurt Gallon
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    Basic Materials

    Natural Gas Prices Fall despite Higher Demand

    Natural gas prices On November 20, 2017, December US natural gas futures closed at $3.05 per MMBtu (million British thermal units), and Henry Hub natural gas spot prices settled at $3.05 per MMBtu, below the $3.12 per MMBtu posted on November 13, 2017. The EIA’s (US Energy Information Administration) latest short-term energy outlook report suggests […]

    By Alexis Tate
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    Energy & Utilities

    Top MLP Gainers for Week Ended November 10

    CSI Compressco (CCLP), a midstream MLP involved mainly in natural gas compression, was the biggest MLP gainer last week, which ended November 10, 2017.

    By Kurt Gallon
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    Energy & Utilities

    CSI Compressco Was the Top MLP Loser Last Week

    CSI Compressco (CCLP), the MLP mainly involved in natural gas compression, was the highest MLP loser in the week ending November 3, 2017.

    By Kurt Gallon
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    Earnings Report

    Why Westmoreland Coal’s Shipments Fell in 3Q17

    For 3Q17, Westmoreland Coal posted 13.6 million tons in total coal (KOL) shipments compared to 13.9 million tons in 3Q16 and 11.0 million tons in 2Q17.

    By Alexis Tate
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    Earnings Report

    Analysts Expect a Marginal Rise in Arch Coal’s Revenue in 3Q17

    Arch Coal’s estimated revenue In 3Q16, Arch Coal (ARCH) reported consolidated revenue of ~$550.3 million. Analysts expect Arch Coal to post revenue of $550.7 million in 3Q17, a marginal increase of 0.06% year-over-year. The expected rise is primarily due to an anticipated increase in metallurgical coal shipments. Arch Coal expects its metallurgical segment to benefit from […]

    By Alexis Tate
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    Earnings Report

    A Closer Look at Westmoreland Coal’s 2017 Guidance

    Westmoreland Coal Company (WLB) affirmed its 2017 sales guidance after the second-quarter earnings were released on July 27.

    By Alexis Tate
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    Earnings Report

    Why Wall Street Rates Westmoreland Coal a ‘Buy’

    All three Wall Street analysts covering Westmoreland Coal Company (WLB) gave the company a “buy” rating. There were no “sell” or “hold” ratings for the company as of October 27.

    By Alexis Tate
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    Energy & Utilities

    Natural Gas Inventory Falls below 5-Year Average

    Price fluctuations of natural gas affect US coal miners such as Arch Coal (ARCH), Cloud Peak Energy (CLD), Natural Resource Partners (NRP), and Peabody Energy (BTU).

    By Alexis Tate
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    Earnings Report

    Why We Should Watch Peabody Energy’s Leverage and Liquidity

    According to the latest company filings, the book value of Peabody Energy’s (BTU) debt as of June 30, 2017, after exiting from bankruptcy is $1.77 billion.

    By Alexis Tate
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    Energy & Utilities

    Can Natural Gas Inventory Rebalancing Affect Coal?

    For the week ended September 22, natural gas inventory came in at 3,466 Bcf (billion cubic feet), which was higher than 3,408 Bcf one week earlier.

    By Alexis Tate
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    Energy & Utilities

    Are Coal Mines Affected by Higher Crude Oil Prices?

    On September 22, Brent crude oil prices closed at $56.86 per barrel, compared with the closing price of $55.62 per barrel one week previously.

    By Alexis Tate
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    Energy & Utilities

    The Post-Hurricane Rise of Natural Gas

    On September 18, 2017, the Henry Hub benchmark natural gas price was reported to be $3.11 per MMBtu (million British thermal units).

    By Alexis Tate
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    Energy & Utilities

    How Natural Gas Inventories Affected Coal as of September 15

    Coal prices sway based on various factors, including the prices of other fuels. When the price of another fuel looks more appealing, coal demand falls.

    By Alexis Tate
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    Energy & Utilities

    How Harvey and Irma Affected Natural Gas Prices

    For the week ended September 15, the Henry Hub benchmark natural gas prices came in at $3.04 per MMBtu (million British thermal units).

    By Alexis Tate
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    A Look at Top Performing MLPs in February 2017

    Top MLP gainers of February 2017 Southcross Energy Partners (SXE), which is involved in natural gas gathering and processing, was the top MLP gainer in February 2017. SXE, which was close to filing bankruptcy in 2016, gained 52% in February. However, it is still trading far below the levels it was trading at before the […]

    By Kurt Gallon
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Coal Prices Remained Upbeat during the Week Ended January 26

    During the week ended January 26, 2017, PRB spot coal prices closed at $12.45 per short ton, just above the previous week’s price of $12.40 per short ton.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Natural Gas Spot Prices Gets Support from Higher Inventory Drawdown

    For the week ended January 20, 2017, Henry Hub benchmark natural gas prices came in at $3.29 per MMBtu, as compared to $3.28 per MMBtu in the previous week.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Natural Gas Drawdown Beats Expectations 3 Weeks in a Row

    For the week ending January 20, natural gas inventory came in at 2,798 Bcf (billion cubic feet), as compared to 2,917 Bcf one week earlier.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Powder River Basin Coal Prices Recovered Sharply

    During the week ended January 19, 2017, PRB spot coal prices closed at $12.40 per short ton, which was 4.0% above the previous week’s price.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Upbeat Inventory Drawdown Still Supports Natural Gas Spot Prices

    For the week ended January 13, 2017, Henry Hub benchmark natural gas prices were $3.27 per MMBtu, compared to $3.47 per MMBtu for the previous week.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Natural Gas Drawdown Beats Expectations 2 Weeks in a Row

    Every Thursday, the EIA publishes a natural gas inventory report for the previous week. This series will cover the latest report for the week ended January 13, 2017.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    PRB Coal Prices Fell in Response to Lower Natural Gas Prices

    During the week ending January 12, 2017, PRB (Powder River Basin) spot coal prices closed at $11.95 per short ton, 2% below their previous week’s price of $12.25 per short ton.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Upbeat Inventory Draw-Down Boosted Natural Gas Spot Prices

    A mild winter weather forecast for January led Henry Hub natural gas spot prices to tumble nearly 6% during the week ended January 6, 2017.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Coal Prices Remained Steady in Week Ended January 5

    During the week ended January 5, 2017, PRB spot coal prices closed at $12.25 per short ton, just above the previous week’s closing price of $12.15.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Lower Natural Gas Prices Could Impact Coal Producers

    Cleaner, more competitive natural gas has eaten away at the market share of coal in electricity generation, which is a continuing trend.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Natural Gas Drawdown Short of Expectations: What Now for Coal?

    For the week ended December 30, 2016, natural gas inventory came in at 3,331 Bcf. It was 49 Bcf lower than analysts’ expectations.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Coal Miners Could Benefit from a Higher Natural Gas Drawdown

    The crude oil production curtailment deal between OPEC and non-OPEC producers supported natural gas prices during the week ended December 29, 2016.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Natural Gas Inventory Fell Sharply in the Week Ended December 23

    For the week ended December 23, natural gas inventory came in at 3,360 Bcf (billion cubic feet) compared to 3,597 Bcf one week earlier.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How NRP’s Oil and Gas Segment Contributes to Top-Line Growth

    Natural Resource Partners (NRP) forayed into the oil and gas business with the acquisition of BLC Properties in 1Q04.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Do Natural Resource Partners’ VantaCore Operations Entail?

    Natural Resource Partners’ (NRP) VantaCore is one of the top 25 aggregates producers in the US.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Higher Natural Gas Prices Continued to Support PRB Coal Prices

    During the week ended December 22, 2016, PRB (Powder River Basin) spot coal prices hit a fresh 52-week high of $12.30 per short ton.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Will Sharp Fall in Natural Gas Inventory Benefit Coal Miners?

    A lower-than-expected natural gas inventory indicates a lower-than-expected natural gas supply or higher demand for natural gas, which has a positive impact on natural gas prices.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Natural Gas Drawdown Beats Estimates: What’s Next for Coal?

    For the week ended December 9, 2016, natural gas inventory was 3,806 Bcf (billion cubic feet) compared to 3,953 Bcf one week earlier.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Natural Gas Inventory Draw-Down Was Lower 2 Weeks in a Row

    For the week ending December 2, the natural gas inventory came in at 3,953 Bcf (billion cubic feet)—compared to 3,995 Bcf one week earlier.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    High Natural Gas Prices Could Benefit Coal Miners

    Henry Hub benchmark natural gas prices were $2.76 per MMBtu for the week ending on November 25—compared to $2.44 per MMBtu the previous week.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Natural Gas Inventory Fell during the Week Ending November 25

    For the week ending November 25, the natural gas inventory came in at 3,995 Bcf (billion cubic feet)—compared to 4,045 Bcf the previous week.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Lower Natural Gas Prices Could Impact Coal Mining Companies

    Henry Hub benchmark natural gas prices reached $2.50 per MMBtu in the week ended November 4, as compared to $2.72 per MMBtu in the previous week.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Higher Natural Gas Inventory Could Impact Coal Miners

    For the week ending November 4, natural gas inventory came in at ~4.02 Tcf (trillion cubic feet), as compared to ~3.96 Tcf one week earlier.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    PRB Coal Prices Are Losing Steam as Natural Gas Prices Fall More

    For the week ended October 28, 2016, PRB (Powder River Basin) spot coal prices fell nearly 1.0% to $11.80 per ton compared to $11.95 per ton the week before.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Natural Gas Prices Are Back in the Red: The Impact on Coal Miners

    Henry Hub benchmark natural gas prices came in at $2.72 per MMBtu for the week ended October 28, 2016. That compares to $3.14 per MMBtu for the previous week.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    PRB Coal Prices Lost Steam in the Week Ended October 14

    For the week ended October 14, 2016, PRB (Powder River Basin) coal prices in the spot market fell marginally by 1% on a week-over-week basis to $11.85 per ton.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Natural Gas Prices Are Impacting Coal Producers

    The Henry Hub benchmark natural gas price came in at $3.17 per MMBtu (million British thermal units) in the week ended October 14, 2016.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    An Update on Important Coal Indicators That You Need to Know

    For the week ending October 7, 2016, PRB (Powder River Basin) spot coal prices remained nearly unchanged at $11.9 per ton.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How High Natural Gas Prices Could Benefit Coal Miners

    Henry Hub benchmark natural gas prices came in at $2.91 per MMBtu (million British thermal units) for the week ended on October 7, 2016.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Does Natural Gas Drawdown Impact Coal Miners?

    Present natural gas prices are still at multiyear lows, and persistent low natural gas prices over the past few months have hurt coal producers (KOL).

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Coal Prices Remained Steady in the Week Ended September 30

    ILB (Illinois Basin) coal prices remained unchanged at $32.00 per short ton on a week-over-week basis. This represents a multiyear low.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Coal Prices Remained Steady in the Week Ended September 23

    During the week ended September 23, 2016, Central Appalachian coal prices came in at $40.20 per short ton, which was the same at the end of the previous week.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Coal Miners Could Benefit from Higher Natural Gas Prices

    The Henry Hub benchmark natural gas prices came in at $3.11 per million British thermal units for the week ended September 23, 2016. This compares to $3.02 per MMBtu for the previous week.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Natural Gas Drawdowns Impact Coal Miners

    For the week ended September 23, the EIA reported that natural gas inventory came in at 3,600 billion cubic feet compared to 3,551 Bcf one week earlier.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Energy & Utilities

    Natural Gas Prices Rise, but Not Enough to Boost Coal

    Henry Hub benchmark natural gas prices came in at $3.02 per MMBtu (million British thermal units) for the week ending September 16, 2016.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Energy & Utilities

    Cleaner Natural Gas Production Continuing to Hurt Coal Miners

    Henry Hub benchmark natural gas prices came in at $2.92 per MMBtu for the week ended September 9, 2016, compared to $2.85 per MMBtu for the previous week.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Energy & Utilities

    Could a Rise in Natural Gas Prices Boost Coal?

    Henry Hub benchmark natural gas prices came in at $2.94 per MMBtu for the week ending September 2, 2016, as compared to $2.82 per MMBtu the previous week.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Energy & Utilities

    Do Coal Miners Stand to Benefit from Natural Gas Drawdowns?

    For the week ending September 2, natural gas inventory came in at 3,437 Bcf (billion cubic feet), as compared to 3,401 Bcf one week earlier.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Massive Natural Gas Drawdown Didn’t Help Coal

    For the week ended January 8, natural gas inventory came in at 3,475 Bcf (billion cubic feet) compared to 3,643 Bcf a week earlier.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What Do Higher Natural Gas Futures Prices Mean for Coal?

    Natural gas has become a strong competitor of coal, particularly in 2015. Cleaner, more competitive natural gas has thus eaten away at the market share of coal in electricity generation.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Natural Gas Inventory Falls Short: What’s in It for Coal?

    The drop of 32 Bcf in the underground natural gas inventory during the week ended December 18, 2015, was higher than the drop of 25 Bcf that analysts expected.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Abundant Natural Gas Inventory Puts Pressure on Coal

    For the week ended December 11, 2015, natural gas inventory came in at 3,846 Bcf compared to 3,880 Bcf a week earlier. The drop of 34 Bcf was lower than the drop of 41 Bcf that analysts expected.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Natural Gas Prices Sink Deeply, Pushing Coal Down Even Further

    On December 18, 2015, natural gas prices continued southward to $1.70 per MMBtu compared to $1.77 on December 11. Prices of natural gas futures took a harder fall, plunging to $1.77 from $1.99, a multiyear low.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Natural Gas Futures Drop ahead of Winter: Bad for Coal

    Henry Hub benchmark natural gas prices saw an uptick during the week ended November 20, 2015.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Natural Gas Inventory Rises Slowly as the US Gears Up for Winter

    For the week ended November 13, 2015, natural gas inventory came in at 4,000 Bcf (billion cubic feet) compared to 3,985 Bcf a week earlier.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Natural Gas Pricing Remains Weak, Coal under Pressure

    Henry Hub benchmark natural gas prices dropped again during the week ended November 13, 2015. The benchmark natural gas price came in at $2.01 per MMBtu on November 13 compared to $2.17 per MMBtu on October 30.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Natural Gas Inventory at All-Time High: How Will It Affect Coal?

    For the week ended October 23, 2015, natural gas inventory came in at 3,978 Bcf compared to 3,928 Bcf a week earlier. Natural gas is stored underground to save fuel for the peak demand during the winter.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Coal under Pressure as Natural Gas Prices Remain Subdued

    Natural gas prices and coal’s market share in electricity generation are related. When natural gas prices fall, coal loses market share. It becomes more economical to use natural gas for power generation.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Will Natural Gas Inventory Help Coal Producers?

    Throughout the year, natural gas is stored underground to save fuel for the peak winter demand. For the week ended October 23, natural gas inventory was 3,877 Bcf compared to 3,814 Bcf a week earlier.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Will Natural Gas Prices Impact Coal after Hitting a New Low?

    Natural gas prices in the spot market fell to $2.29 per MMBtu on October 23, 2015, compared to $2.43 per MMBtu on October 16.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Natural Gas Spot Prices Drop, Futures Gain: No Good News for Coal

    Natural gas prices in the spot market fell to $2.43 per MMBtu (British thermal units in millions) on October 16, compared to $2.50 per MMBtu on October 9.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Higher-than-Expected Natural Gas Inventory Pressures Coal

    For the week ended October 9, the natural gas inventory came in at 3,733 Bcf (billion cubic feet) compared to 3,633 Bcf a week earlier.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Rise in Natural Gas Prices Isn’t Enough to Lift Coal

    After falling to a three-year low, natural gas prices recovered during the week ending October 9. Prices in the spot market rose on October 9, 2015.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Natural Gas Inventory Climbs Higher, Coal under Pressure

    Every Thursday, the EIA publishes a natural gas inventory report for the previous week. For the week ended September 18, inventory came in at 3,440 Bcf compared to 3,334 Bcf a week earlier.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Natural Gas Prices Fall Hard and Coal May Lose

    Natural gas prices in the spot market dropped sharply to $2.61 per million British thermal units (or MMBtu) on September 18 compared to $2.69 per MMBtu on September 11.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Natural Gas Inventory Tops Expectations and Coal Is Under Pressure

    For the week ending September 11, the natural gas inventory came in at 3,334 Bcf (billion cubic feet) compared to 3,261 Bcf a week earlier.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Did Last Week’s Natural Gas Prices Impact Coal?

    During the short week ended September 11, natural gas spot prices partially recovered from the previous week’s fall.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Natural Gas Inventory Report Brings Some Good News for Coal

    The EIA’s natural gas inventory report for the week ended September 4 shows an inventory of 3,261 billion cubic feet compared to 3,193 Bcf a week earlier.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What Do Last Week’s Volatile Natural Gas Prices Mean for Coal?

    Natural gas prices remained volatile during the week ending August 28. On August 24, they fell by ~1% due to the expectation of cooler temperatures, leading to lower demand for natural gas for cooling.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Natural Gas Inventory Figure Puts Pressure on Coal

    The EIA’s natural gas inventory report for the week ended August 21 came in at 3,099 billion cubic feet, compared to 3,030 Bcf a week earlier. Natural gas is stored underground to save the fuel for peak demand during the winter.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Natural Gas Prices Fall Hard: A Bad Sign for Coal

    Natural gas prices closed lower on Monday, August 17, at $2.73 per million British thermal units (or MMBtu) compared to the previous week’s ending price of $2.80.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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