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  • Energy & Utilities

    Why survival is for the fittest of US coal producers

    Met coal producers are the worst hit in the current energy environment. Based on our analysis so far, we can conclude that the higher the revenue share of met coal, the steeper the stock prices fell in 2014.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Analysts’ Views on Arch Coal Ahead of Its 3Q17 Results

    Analysts’ ratings As of October 27, 2017, of the nine analysts covering Arch Coal (ARCH) stock, eight (89%) recommended “buy” or “strong buy,” and one (11%) recommended “hold.” There were no “sell” or “strong sell” ratings. Arch Coal’s price target Arch Coal’s 12-month target price was $94.88 as of October 27, 2017. The target price indicates an upside […]

    By Alexis Tate
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    Why Most Analysts Rate Peabody Energy a ‘Buy’

    Of the eight analysts covering Peabody Energy (BTU), six (or 75.0%) have given the company a “buy” rating, and two (or 25.0%) have given it a “hold.”

    By Alexis Tate
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    How Arch Coal Emerged from Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

    On October 5, 2016, Arch Coal (ARCH) emerged from bankruptcy through successful financial restructuring.

    By Alexis Tate
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    Arch Coal’s Path to Bankruptcy: The Beginning

    Factors that led to Arch Coal’s bankruptcy include its financial leverage, a weak export market, inexpensive natural gas prices, and increased environmental scrutiny.

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Earnings Report

    Alpha Natural Resources Sees 1Q15 Debt Fall on Notes Repurchase

    Highly leveraged players such as Alpha Natural Resources (ANR) have limited ability to issue new debt if they run out of resources.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Walter Energy Drops 17% on Possibility of Bankruptcy

    Walter Energy was the biggest casualty of the day in the coal sector, with a whopping 17% drop in share price to 38 cents.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Earnings Report

    Appalachian Segment Drives Arch Coal’s 1Q15 Cost Savings

    The company showed remarkable cost performance at the Appalachian segment, and the cash costs in this segment were lowest in the last four years.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    The US Metallurgical Coal Industry’s Unprecedented Consolidation

    Metallurgical coal (or met coal) is used to make coke for iron and steel as well as foundries. Most metallurgical coal produced in the US is exported.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Arch Coal and Alpha Natural Resources reduced to penny stocks

    Last week, Alpha Natural Resources (ANR) and Arch Coal (ACI) were reduced to penny stock status. Alpha ended the week at $0.95 and Arch Coal at $0.88.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    SunCoke Energy’s presence in the steelmaking process

    Coke is used in the iron making process, which in turn is used in the steelmaking process. SunCoke Energy produced 4.2 million tons of coke in 2013.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How does coke fit into the steelmaking process?

    Iron ore, steel scrap, and met coal are the main raw materials for steelmaking. SunCoke converts met coal to coke by driving out its impurities.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    A quick look at SunCoke Energy’s US operations

    SunCoke Energy (SXC) is the largest independent manufacturer of coke, which is used in steelmaking. It runs five coke making plants in the United States.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Falling commodity prices and the prisoner’s dilemma

    There’s mistrust in the global commodity markets. From crude oil to met coal and iron ore, producers haven’t cut production. They’re waiting for others to do it first.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Walter Energy: A metallurgical coal producer

    Of the 2.9 million tons of coal the company sold in 2Q14, 2.7 million tons, or 92%, was metallurgical coal.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
  • Consumer

    Must-know: An overview of Appalachian coal

    The Appalachian coal region is the oldest coal producing region in the U.S.—geologically and commercially. The Appalachian’s coal seams are ~300 million years old. They’re the oldest coal seams in the U.S. Appalachian coal fueled most of the Industrial Revolution after the Civil War in the 19th Century.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
  • Consumer

    Everything you need to know about Peabody Energy

    Self-described as the world’s largest private-sector coal company, Peabody Energy (BTU) runs coal operations in the United States and Australia that serve customers in 25 countries.

    By Jing Shun Kee
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    Consumer

    Must-know: The US coal mining areas and coal specifications

    Coal mining in the U.S. can be segregated into three main areas: Appalachia, Interior, and West.

    By Xun Yao Chen
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    Consumer

    Why underground mines cost higher compared to surface coal mines

    Underground mining is more expensive because it’s more capital intensive. Coal companies have to drill more, and use more expensive and complicated machines.

    By Xun Yao Chen
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