Whether it's happened to you or you've seen it in the movies, you know that resetting a dislocated shoulder requires an abrupt and painful yank.
Many equities are dislocated right now, and it's a brave Fool who can see through the fear to focus on earnings, guidance, and outlooks. For those who do, I believe select equities may receive an abrupt yank into recovery from proven performance.
None other than the king of coal, Peabody Energy
Now, I ask you: Fundamentally speaking, does that sound like a performance deserving of the 68% share-price plunge since late June?
If you're thinking demand for all commodities will be severely weakened by a protracted global downturn … not so fast. Not all commodities are created equal. Consider these comments from Peabody President Richard Navarre: "Supply challenges around the world and lack of capital to respond to market shortages will continue to drive a tight global supply-demand balance for coal. In addition, we believe that the long-term coal demand profile is very strong and will continue to be led by emerging economies."
I agree, and I view the company's recent agreement to build a huge coal project in northern China as a major strategic achievement. Exhibiting similar resolve, Cleveland Natural Resources
Citing safety and permitting issues affecting Appalachian miners such as Massey Energy
While Australian coal miners have struggled with railway and port bottlenecks, Peabody has increased Australian exports by 15% this year, compared with just 3% for Australia overall. While fellow exporters BHP Billiton
For all these reasons, I believe that Peabody deserves a yank and could indeed help heal a dislocated portfolio.
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Fool contributor Christopher Barker captains yachts and writes about stocks. He can also be found blogging actively and acting Foolishly within the CAPS community under the username TMFSinchiruna. He owns shares of BHP Billiton, Cleveland Natural Resources, Massey Energy, and Cliffs Natural Resources. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.