NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) --

Alpha Natural Resources Inc

(NYSE:

ANR

) hit a new 52-week low Friday as it is currently trading at $18.02, below its previous 52-week low of $18.13 with 2.4 million shares traded as of 10:40 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 7.5 million shares over the past 30 days.

Alpha Natural has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector and

metals & mining

industry. Shares are down 68.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Alpha Natural Resources, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the production, processing, and sale of coal in the United States. The company offers metallurgical coal for use in the steel-making process; and thermal coal to electric utilities and manufacturing industries. The company has a P/E ratio of 61, above the average metals & mining industry P/E ratio of 46.1 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Alpha Natural as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. You can view the full

Alpha Natural Ratings Report

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