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Should You Jump on the Coal Train?

By Taylor Muckerman and Rick Engdahl - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:48PM

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With natural gas prices jumping, coal companies could benefit.

Coal companies have been beaten down ever since natural gas became more competitive. Utilities began switching over at alarming rates, and the coal companies that couldn't curtail production or buoy their income statements with exports simply didn't stand a chance. However, now that the price of natural gas has been steadily rising for a little over a month, some relief may be in sight for the low-cost producers in the Powder River and Illinois basins.

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