SOURCE: World Street Fundamentals

May 13, 2011 09:00 ET

Coal Regains Prominence Over Nuclear - Equity Research on James River Coal Company and Cloud Peak Energy Inc.

HONG KONG--(Marketwire - May 13, 2011) - Today, www.WorldStreetFundamentals.com released its industry report highlighting James River Coal Company (NASDAQ: JRCC) and Cloud Peak Energy Inc. (NYSE: CLD). Full fundamental and technical analysis is available at www.WorldStreetFundamentals.com/Reports.php.

The coal industry outlook has turned positive after weakness experienced throughout 2008 and 2009, driven by several powerful trends in the U.S. and Asia. The return of stability within the U.S. economy as suggested by recent economic indicators, coupled with a rebound in various industries, has created a strong economic environment for the coal industry. Questions of new regulation surrounding nuclear power and delays over Japan quakes is also is a net positive for the coal industry.

World Street has highlighted Cloud Peak Energy for its production of coal in the Powder River Basin. The Company's operations include three wholly owned surface coal mines, two of which are in Wyoming and one of which is in Montana. It also owns a 50% interest in a fourth surface coal mine in Montana. It produces sub-bituminous steam coal with low sulfur content and sells its coal primarily to domestic electric utilities, supplying approximately 70 customers with over 100 domestic plants. As of January 1, 2010, the Company controlled approximately one billion tons of proven and probable reserves. The entire report on Cloud Peak Energy Inc. (NYSE: CLD) is available here: www.WorldStreetFundamentals.com/ViewFullReport.138.php.

James River Coal mines processes and sells bituminous, steam- and industrial-grade coal through six operating subsidiaries (mining complexes) located throughout eastern Kentucky and in southern Indiana. The Company's six mining complexes included 14 underground mines, 10 surface mines and 10 preparation plants, five of which have integrated rail lead-out facilities and three of which use a common lead-out facility at a separate location. As of January 1, 2010, it controlled approximately 271.1 million tons of proven and probable coal reserves. The entire report on James River Coal Company (NASDAQ: JRCC) is available here: www.WorldStreetFundamentals.com/ViewFullReport.245.php.

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