ANR, SVU, AONE Reach 52-Week Lows

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Alpha Natural Resources ( ANR), SuperValu ( SVU) and A123 Systems ( AONE) dropped to 52-week lows on Monday.

Alpha Natural Resources

"We are lowering our rating on ANR to Neutral and removing it from the Analyst Action List," Davenport analysts wrote in a March 22 report. "While we see significant upside from the current share price, we think shares face near-term headwinds from expected production/guidance cuts, continued weak thermal coal markets, slower global steel production growth, and declining sell-side estimates."

Shares of Alpha Natural Resources hit a 52-week low Monday of $15.36. The stock's 52-week high of $61.66 was set on April 4.

Alpha Natural Resources has an estimated price-to-earnings ratio for next year of 41.19 times; the average for coal companies is 12.64. For comparison, both Peabody Energy ( BTU) and Walter Energy ( WLT) have lower forward P/Es of 6.94 and 8.4, respectively.

Sixteen of the 28 analysts who cover Alpha Natural Resources rated it buy; 12 analysts gave the stock a hold rating.

TheStreet Ratings gives Alpha Natural Resources a C grade and a hold rating. The stock has fallen 23.4% year to date.

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SuperValu

"We believe the slowing growth trends reflect two headwinds facing the grocerybusiness: (1) moderating food inflation, which we believe likely peaked in the Fall and(2) slowing volume growth, as reflected in the recent quarterly results of leadinggrocers, such as Kroger (volume growth has been flattish), Safeway (volumes have been getting steadily worse), and SuperValu (volumes have turned more negative)," Deutsche Bank analysts wrote in a March 19 report. "The weaker volume trends appear to be widespread and are likely due to the combined impact of food and fuel inflation pressuring the middle-income consumer."

Shares of SuperValu hit a 52-week low of $5.99 on Monday. The stock's 52-week high of $11.77 was set on May 2.

SuperValu's forward P/E is 4.98; the average for food retailers and wholesalers is 14.9. For comparison, both Sysco ( SYY) and Kroger ( KR) have lower forward P/Es of 14.4 and 9.73, respectively.

Eleven of the 17 analysts who cover SuperValu rated it hold. Four analysts gave the stock a sell rating and two rated it buy.

TheStreet Ratings gives SuperValu a D+ grade and a sell rating. The stock has fallen 25.62% year to date.


A123 Systems

The company is replacing defective batteries made at its Livonia, Mich. facility.

"Following AONE's Q4 results and conference call, we believe most investors will remain in 'show me' mode on AONE's revenue and cost reduction projections for FY12," Doherty analysts wrote in a March 9 report. "We note that the company's plans to reduce cash burn, as well as a new strategic investor that should come in 2012, should alleviate some of the cash pressure we were expecting this fiscal year."

Shares of A123 Systems hit a 52-week low on Monday of $1.45. The stock's 52-week high of $7.87 was set on March 28.

Six of the 13 analysts who cover A123 rated it hold. Four analysts gave the stock a buy rating and three rated it sell.

TheStreet Ratings gives A123 Systems a D- grade and a sell rating. The stock has fallen 8.07% year to date.

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