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Can 'Big Coal' Dig Out of its Hole?

The trailing 12-month price-to-earnings ratio is 7.9, but no forward price multiple because of an expected loss of 91 cents per share this year.

Shareholders have not been rewarded for their patience. Shares have fallen 82.8% in the last year, and in the last month the stock has fallen -13.49%. ANR Revenue Chart ANR Revenue data by YCharts

The company has rising revenue year-over-year of $3.92 billion last fiscal year compared to $2.50 billion in the previous year. The bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $95.55 million last fiscal year compared to $58.00 million in the previous year.

In the previous Alpha Natural's earnings release on May 3 the closing price before earnings was $14.85 and based on a recent price of $6.87

Alpha Natural missed earnings three in the last four quarters. The average miss was 24 cents, and the one surprise beat was for 25 cents (250%) per share.

ACI Chart ACI data by YCharts

Arch Coal

Background: The company was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in St. Louis. Arch Coal Inc trades an average of 12.8 million shares per day with a market cap of $1.3 billion.

52-week high: $28.61, 52-week Low: $5.55, book value: $16.83, float short: 14.74%

Arch Coal is anticipated to report very weak second-quarter earnings before the market opens next Friday. The consensus estimate is currently a 17 cents a share loss, a decline of 61 cents (138.6%) from 44 cents during the same period last year.

Analysts are becoming increasingly bearish with Arch Coal; seven out of 20 analysts now rate ACI a "strong buy" down from eight analysts a month ago. The average analyst target price for ACI is $11.23.

The trailing 12-month price-to-earnings ratio is 8, and the company is expected to lose 49 cents per share this year. Investors are receiving 12 cents in dividends for a yield of 1.95%.

Shareholders have not been rewarded for their patience. Shares fell 76% in the last year, but during the last month the stock has climbed 2.16%. ACI Revenue Chart ACI Revenue data by YCharts
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