In light of all this, we now ask readers of TheStreet: Bearing in mind these bullish indicators for the coal industry, which mining stocks do you think will stand to benefit the most?Before we get to this poll, let's first make some initial introductions on behalf of each mining stock contender, which we've reviewed in this coal-sector earnings preview. To wit.... Arch Coal ( ACI) provides approximately 16% of the U.S.'s coal supply from the company's 11 mining complexes in Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia. Arch Coal produced more than 180 million tons of pro forma coal sales in 2008, and supplied U.S. utilities with the fuel for about 8% of the country's electricity. Alpha Natural Resources ( ANR) is the U.S.'s third-largest coal producer, turning out almost 100 million tons of steam and metallurgical coal. Alpha produces, processes, and sells steam and metallurgical coal from more than 60 mines and 14 coal preparation facilities situated throughout Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Wyoming, and also is involved in the buying and resale of coal mined by others. Consol Energy ( CNX) is the biggest producer of high-Btu bituminous coal in the U.S. and also produces coalbed methane gas. Consol Energy subsidiary CNX Gas is the largest producer of natural gas in the Appalachian Basin. Massey Energy ( MEE) is the fourth largest coal company in the U.S. and the largest in Central Appalachia, when considering produced coal revenue. Massey has 2.3 billion tons of high-quality coal reserves and in 2007 sold almost 40 million tons of coal. Patriot Coal ( PCX) produces and markets coal in the eastern U.S. through 14 mining complexes in Appalachia and the Illinois Basin. Patriot ships to domestic and international electric utilities, industrial customers and metallurgical coal customers, and controls about 1.8 billion tons of proven and probable coal reserves.
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