10. International Coal ( ICO) is a leading coal producer in Central and Northern Appalachia and the Illinois Basin.
The stock has gained around 88% year to date, ahead of Peabody Energy's ( BTU) 40%, Consol Energy's ( CNX) -2%, Alpha Natural Resources' ( ANR) 33%, Arch Coal's ( ACI) 55%, Massey Energy's ( MEE) 25%, Alliance Holdings' ( AHGP) 74%, and Natural Resource Partners' ( NRP) 33% gains. Analysts polled by Bloomberg expect International Coal to report earnings of 8 cents in the fourth quarter, compared to a loss of 7 cents a year earlier. Analysts foresee the company reporting earnings of 28 cents per share for 2010 and 60 cents per share for 2011, in comparison to earnings of 14 cents for 2009. Of the eight analysts covering the stock, six recommend buying and two rated holding. During 2011, analysts anticipate the stock to gain 23% with a consensus 12-month target price of $8.9.