Several headwinds have cropped up in the coal market here in the United States over the past year or two. Even though Peabody Energy (NYSE:BTU) appears to be head and shoulders above its direct coal competitors, these issues have taken their toll on the company's recent performance. Determining whether these issues will abate or continue is critical when analyzing this company for investment purposes. A few of the reasons are detailed in the following video and include:

  • The continued suppression of natural gas prices.
  • Possible exportation of LNG on a meaningful scale.
  • Overall negative perception of the coal industry because of possible environmentally damaging effects.

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