NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Although coal stocks come with their set of vulnerabilities, many analysts maintain a buy rating for stocks such as Peabody Energy ( BTU ), Alpha Natural Resources ( ANR ), James River Coal ( JRCC ) and Arch Coal ( ACI ).
Christy said this positive outlook is muted to a degree by somewhat high thermal coal inventories compared with historical averages, unfavorable weather-related demand scenarios, and what S&P views as risks via negative developments in investor inflation expectations, the U.S. dollar index, and recent natural gas prices.
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