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Enough top-performing CAPS members have turned bullish on Patriot Coal (NYSE:PCX) recently to upgrade it from the three- and four-star rank it has held over the past year to the maximum five stars. A total of 590 members have given their opinion on Patriot Coal, with many offering analysis and commentary to explain their recent optimism.

Shares of Patriot Coal have been slashed amid slumping demand, as coal prices plunge far below last year's high of $140 a ton. As steel producers like United States Steel (NYSE:X) and AK Steel (NYSE:AKS) have cut production, coal miners like Patriot, CONSOL Energy (NYSE:CNX), and Arch Coal (NYSE:ACI) are adjusting to reality, working quickly to bring supplies in sync with consumption via production cuts of their own.

Despite slowing demand and new environmental hurdles facing miners like Patriot and Massey Energy (NYSE:MEE), many CAPS members find Patriot's valuation compelling, believing that coal will play a major role in the future growth of the world economy. Some also expect steel demand from emerging economies to resume in the near future, creating demand for metallurgical coal. And much of Patriot's production is sold to electric utilities, leading many investors to agree with Peabody Energy (NYSE:BTU) that coal will enjoy long-term demand as an energy source.

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Fool contributor Dave Mock actually didn't take much offense to receiving a lump of coal this past Christmas. He owns no shares of companies mentioned here. The Fool's disclosure policy keeps Dave from speculating wildly in the market, but it has little power to stop turnarounds to Las Vegas. Woohoo!