If you're aiming to "buy low and sell high," then it makes infinite sense to start your search with bargain-priced stocks. Regularly reviewing a list of stocks trading near their 52-week lows can be a great first step.

In this series, I do the initial legwork for you. To prevent us from being inundated with scores of disparate companies, I conduct my search by industry. This allows us to make some initial comparisons among semirelated companies.

Today, let's look at the coal space. Below are the seven coal stocks that are closest to their 52-week lows and have market caps above $200 million.

Company

Recent Price

52-Week Low

52-Week High

P/E Ratio (trailing)

Penn Virginia Resource Partners LP (NYSE: PVR) $24.45 $20.85 $28.31 15.8
Natural Resource Partners LP (NYSE: NRP) $27.84 $23.36 $37.80 27.2
Hallador Energy (Nasdaq: HNRG) $9.55 $8.01 $12.95 8.7
Arch Coal (NYSE: ACI) $16.20 $13.09 $36.99 22.3
Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU) $38.22 $30.60 $73.95 11.0
Alliance Holdings GP, L.P. (Nasdaq: AHGP) $51.02 $40.24 $58.00 14.6
Alliance Resource Partners LP (Nasdaq: ARLP) $74.15 $58.00 $84.10 9.3

Source: S&P Capital IQ and Yahoo! Finance.

The cheapest based on trailing P/E ratios are Hallador, Alliance Resource Partners LP, and Peabody. Two things you'll want to note right off the bat:

  1. Although they're within 30% of their lows, the related Alliance companies at the bottom of the table are actually closer to their 52-week highs than they are to their lows.
  2. While Alliance Resource Partners LP and Peabody both have high CAPS ratings (five out of five for Alliance and four for Peabody), our community rates the thinly traded shares of Hallador just one star.

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