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What: Shares of coal producer Arch Coal Inc (NYSE:ACI) dropped 10% today after the company reported earnings.

So what: First-quarter revenue fell slightly to $736 million, which was actually well ahead of the $718 million in revenue that analysts expected. But net loss nearly doubled from a year ago to $124.1 million, or $0.59 per share, far greater than the $0.42 loss analysts expected. 

Now what: Coal is facing long-term challenges from oversupply and falling demand, particularly in the thermal market. I don't see these factors changing, and Arch Coal's losses are piling up. Even analysts aren't expecting a profit this year or next and, until we see actual results change, I would stay far away from this stock.

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