CLD), operator of three wholly owned coalmines, gained 10.2% last week. For the third quarter, the company reported adjusted EBITDA of $94.5 million as compared to $90.3 million a year ago. During the first nine months of 2010, Cloud recorded a production of 70.4 million tons, bolstered by strong domestic demand for PRB coal, following the downturn in 2009 and additional demand for exported coal from Asian utilities. For the same period, export volumes to Asia stood at 2.5 million tons, higher than 1.6 million tons recorded in 2009. Consol Energy ( CNX), engaged in the production of coal and natural gas, jumped 8.1% after Chevron ( CVX) agreed to buy Atlas Energy ( ATLS) for $3.2 billion to gain access to the Marcellus shale gas reserves in Pennsylvania. Consol, which also has similar assets, is benefitting from such a purchase as it indirectly supports Consol's Marcellus shale gas business. Additionally, in the current scenario, focus has shifted to Marcellus and what companies are paying for such assets. Recently, Consol declared a regular quarterly dividend of 10 cents per share, payable on November 26. Natural Resource Partners ( NRP) jumped 6.4% last week. The company posted record revenue of $80.8 million, a 26% year-over-year increase on an upsurge in coal demand. Net income for third quarter soared 56% to $39.4 million. The company has raised its 2010 earnings guidance to $1.40 to $1.50 a share from $1.00 to $1.20 per share earlier.
Meanwhile, Alpha Natural Resources ( ANR) and Great Northern Iron Ore Properties ( GNI) advanced 9.4% and 8.7%, respectively. Golden Star Resources ( GSS) was the major loser, down 22%, after a third-quarter net loss of $1.8 million. In addition, the company has lowered its 2010 production guidance to 370,000 ounces of gold from 385,000 estimated earlier. Aluminum companies such as Alumina ( AWC) and Aluminum Corporation of China ( ACH) fell 9.6% and 6%, respectively, while POSCO ( PKX) and BHP Billiton ( BHP) dropped 5.7% and 5.6%, respectively.