5. International Coal (ICO) is a leading coal producer in Northern and Central Appalachia and the Illinois Basin.
Year-to-date, the stock gained around 84%, ahead of Peabody Energy's (BTU) 34%, Alpha Natural Resources' (ANR) 19%, Arch Coal's (ACI) 44%, Massey Energy's (MEE) 19% and Natural Resource Partners' (NRP) 26% gains.
International Coal is expected to report earnings of 7 cents in the fourth quarter, compared to a loss of 7 cents a year earlier. Analysts foresee the company reporting earnings of 27 cents per share for 2010 and 60 cents per share for 2011, in comparison to earnings of 14 cents registered during 2009. Of the eight analysts covering the stock, six recommend buying and two holding.