Why Alpha Natural Resources (ANR) Stock Is Up Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Alpha Natural Resources  (ANR) shares continued their rally, up 10.6% to $5.03 in trading Tuesday.

Coal stocks have continued their climb following statements made last week by BHP Billiton  (BHP) executive Dean Dalla Valle. Valle, who heads the coal division of the diversified natural resources company, stated the he expects the demand for coal to be robust for decades to come with most of the world's demand for coal coming form outside of China.

A quickly industrializing China currently consumes about half of the world's coal, however, as India continues to emerge as a global economy it too is expected to need coal power to power its industrialization efforts.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates ALPHA NATURAL RESOURCES INC as a Sell with a ratings score of D. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate ALPHA NATURAL RESOURCES INC (ANR) a SELL. This is driven by several weaknesses, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

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