SOURCE: Equity Leader Inc.

April 23, 2012 09:00 ET

Conditions of Growth, Economic Analysis -- Research Report on Peabody Energy Corporation and Hercules Offshore, Inc.

HONG KONG--(Marketwire - Apr 23, 2012) - Today, introduced research coverage of Peabody Energy Corporation (NYSE: BTU) and Hercules Offshore, Inc. (NASDAQ: HERO). Full research reports are available to readers at:

Economic fundamentals leading into 2012 have set a generally positive pace with GDP growth likely to pick up through the coming year. However, there are several important caveats to note as the world economy continues to face headwinds and risks weigh to the downside. Positive outlooks are conditional on fiscal policy in payroll taxes and unemployment insurance benefits and upon the easing of the European debt situation. A repeat of volatility experience in 2011 is likely in 2012, as perceptions about the strength of the U.S. economy and the euro zone will vary over time as events unfold.

Despite the current situation, our team continues to identify high momentum situations with growth potential -- there remains strong opportunity within careful discretion.

Equity Leader has decided to cover Peabody Energy Corporation for its current position within the basic materials industry. Peabody Energy Corporation (Peabody) is a coal company. As of December 31, 2011, the Company owned interests in 30 coal mining operations, including an interest in 29 coal operations located in the United States and Australia and a 50% interest in the Middlemount Mine in Australia. A copy of this report detailing Peabody Energy Corporation (NYSE: BTU) is available at:

Equity Leader is also taking note of Hercules Offshore, Inc. for its changing role within the basic materials industry. Hercules Offshore, Inc. provides shallow-water drilling and marine services to the oil and natural gas exploration and production industry worldwide. It provides these services to national oil and gas companies, major integrated energy companies, and independent oil and natural gas operators. To download free research on Hercules Offshore, Inc. (NASDAQ: HERO) investors may visit:

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