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What: Shares of International Coal
So what: The all-cash deal, which will create the second-largest metallurgical coal company, values International Coal at $14.60 per share and represents a 32% premium to its closing price on Friday. With global steel production expected to grow 42% by 2015, Arch is simply the latest of several major coal producers -- Alpha Natural Resources
Now what: While International Coal seems all popped out, Arch Coal might be worth looking into. In fact, the company said it expects the transaction to be accretive to earnings in 2012 and result in about $70 million to $80 million in annual cost savings. With the shares down slightly year-to-date and sporting a forward P/E below 9, Arch might even be a reasonably priced opportunity as well.
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