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Coal Funds Clean Up While Gas Leaks

Double-digit gainers include 16% in Alpha Natural Resources (ANR), 13% in Patriot Coal (PCX) and 12% in Consol Energy (CNX).

Unlike natural gas, coal is easy to transport. Consol Energy reported the sale of 88,000 tons of U.S. mined steel-making coal to a buyer in China. As China continues its economic stimulus and imports more coal, demand for this fuel and the companies that mine it may allow investors who get in early to clean up.

Best-Performing Energy Funds for the Week Ending Aug. 13
Fund (Ticker) Rating Fund Type 1 Wk Tot'l Ret'n
Tortoise North American Energy Corp (TYN) C Closed-End 6.96%
PowerShares Global Coal Portfolio (PKOL) U ETF 6.37%
Cushing MLP Total Return Fund (SRV) C- Closed-End 5.25%
Fiduciary/Claymore MLP Opportunity Fund (FMO) C Closed-End 5.19%
Profunds Oil Equiptment Distribution & Services UltraSector (OEPIX) U Open-End 4.88%
Market Vectors - Coal ETF (KOL) C+ ETF 4.88%
Market Vectors - Environmental Services ETF (EVX) D ETF 4.67%
Tortoise Energy Capital Corp (TYY) C+ Closed-End 4.07%
ProFunds Basic Materials UltraSector ProFund (BMPIX) E- Open-End 4.07%
First Trust ISE-Revere Natural Gas Index Fund (FCG) D- ETF 3.68%
Source: Bloomberg & Ratings

Kevin Baker became the senior financial analyst for TSC Ratings upon the August 2006 acquisition of Weiss Ratings by, covering mutual funds. He joined the Weiss Group in 1997 as a banking and brokerage analyst. In 1999, he created the Weiss Group's first ratings to gauge the level of risk in U.S. equities. Baker received a B.S. degree in management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.B.A. with a finance specialization from Nova Southeastern University.
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