A rising tide carries all ships, so a true secular bull market tends not to leave many participants behind.
As unpopular a topic as it is -- given the environmental consequences implied both by mining, and then in burning the stuff -- coal is definitively in the midst of a global secular bull market. Peabody Energy
As the trend matures and gains wider recognition, some operators that have been relative laggards through this stage may find themselves poised to make up some ground. In the three months since I suggested that all systems were go at Arch Coal
Arch Coal strutted boldly to the earnings table last week with an 85% increase in net income. Thanks in part to continued volume strength in the wake of a strategic purchase of assets from Rio Tinto
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