SOURCE: Wall Street Equity Research

Wall Street Equity Research

November 12, 2010 08:04 ET

Analyst Study on Alpha Natural Resources Inc. and Peabody Energy Corp. -- Strong Coal Demand Fuels Industrial Metals and Minerals Sector

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - November 12, 2010) - brings investors market knowledge on the aspects moving the industrial metals & minerals stocks, and offers complete analytical research on companies like Alpha Natural Resources Inc. (NYSE: ANR) and Peabody Energy Corp. (NYSE: BTU). Register with today to gain full access to our complimentary research on these industrial metals & minerals stocks.

The Industrial Metals and Minerals sector has enjoyed strong profits lately due to surging demand for coal. Doubling in some cases, profits are up thanks to voracious coal consumption in emerging markets. Trying to satisfy their growing energy needs, countries like China and India are importing large amounts of coal for electricity production. Chinese coal imports are up 60% in 2010. Prices have risen for both Eastern Thermal and metallurgical coal. Companies with positions in metallurgical coal will see even further exposure to the emerging Asian markets as steel production has been booming as well. is a specialized website where investors can have specific access to complimentary reports on industrial metals & minerals industry; traders looking for analysis on Alpha Natural Resources Inc., Peabody Energy Corp. and other players in the industry are welcomed to sign up for free at

The increased energy needs of China and India have benefited rare-earth miners too. With China's recent announcement that it will raise its nuclear power aspirations by 60%, uranium prices have begun to climb. There is worry that China could potentially cut its export of rare-earth metals which will provide a great opportunity for companies within the sector to re-open mines across the globe that were shut down due to being unprofitable. Visit us at to understand the catalysts and forces driving or affecting companies in the industrial metals & minerals industry.

Coal has seen increasing competition from natural gas lately as natural gas prices are at unprecedented low levels. There is some concern that utilities will switch over to natural gas from coal if the price continues to fall. Coal is currently used for electricity generation by around half of utilities in the U.S.

Quarterly results for the industry saw Alpha Natural Resources Inc. post a net profit of $31.9 million reversing a loss incurred for the same quarter in 2009. The coal miner also posted a surge in coal revenue to $896.4 million. Investors can register today at to download the full report on Alpha Natural Resources Inc.

Conversely, coal miner Peabody Energy Corp. released upbeat earnings for Q3 2010 with profits surging two-fold as compared to 2009. Net income came in at $280.3 million on revenue of $1.67 billion. Investors can access free research on Peabody Energy Corp. now by signing up at

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