NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Patriot Coal ( PCX) will stand to benefit the most from the bullish indicators for the coal industry, according to a recent coal-stock poll by TheStreet. Patriot Coal was deemed the ultimate coal stock heavyweight winner, according to 33.9% of poll voters. Trailing Patriot Coal was Alpha Natural Resources ( ANR), which won 20% of the votes. Next in line was Arch Coal ( ACI), which received 19.4% of the votes, followed by Massey Energy, ( MEE) with 14.6% of the votes. Consol Energy ( CNX) came in last, with 12.1% of the votes.
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Patriot Coal rose 2.3% to end Friday at $20.20, despite falling 6.7% over the week. Patriot Coal on March 5 said it would temporarily suspend operations at its Federal No. 2 mine near Fairview, West Virginia when an air-quality measurement was determined to be out of compliance with its ventilation plan. On March 8, Patriot said that alterations to the company's ventilation plan were approved by the U.S. Department of Labor, Mine Safety & Health Administration and the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training; that air-quality measurements were in compliance; and that it was resuming operations at the Federal No. 2 mine. Recently rumors surfaced that Massey was interested in acquiring Patriot Coal, though a spokesman said Patriot doesn't comment on market rumors and the former didn't immediately respond to requests for comment, according to Reuters.