Key Areas to Keep an Eye on at This Coal Leader

Being the largest coal producer in the United States comes with its fair share of expectations. Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU  ) is hoping that it can live up to those of its investors. Times have been trying for Peabody and its peers, considering that low-priced natural gas is taking over the domestic front as a substitute for thermal coal in electricity generation.

Are you wondering what to focus on?
The tide might be turning, especially for Peabody, which operates in the two cheapest coal producing regions in the United States: the Powder River and Illinois basins. What are some key areas that current and potential investors need to keep an eye on for Peabody to turn the corner?

The coal industry in the United States has been in a state of flux since the arrival of a cheaper alternative for energy production: natural gas. Exports are becoming a much bigger part of the domestic coal landscape, and Peabody Energy has deals in place to get its cheaper coal from the Powder River and Illinois basins to India, China, and the EU. For investors looking to capitalize on a rebound in the U.S. coal market, The Motley Fool has authored a special new premium report detailing exactly why Peabody Energy is perhaps most worthy of your consideration. Don't miss out on this invaluable resource -- simply click here now to claim your copy today.

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