James River Coal Shares Soar and 4 Spotlight Stocks

Alpha Natural Resources(NYSE:ANR) surged on a Barron’s report which said that coal shares remain underpriced. The share price moved up in the last trading session with a previous 52-week high of $29.29, trading on above-average volume of 35.91 million shares at a price gain of 8.30 percent. The price is currently up by 37.19 percent over the past three months, and the latest closing price was 33.56 percent above its 50-day moving average and 25.79 percent below its 200-day moving average.

Corning. (NYSE:GLW) has a market capitalization of $20.62 billion and is expected to report fiscal year 2012 third-quarter earnings per share of 32 cents on revenue of $2.02 billion, versus a profit of 48 cents on revenue of $2.08 billion year-over-year. The stock is trading around $13.83 a share and thus far in 2012 has gained 6.6 percent.

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James River Coal Company (NYSE:JRCC) shares jumped 23.20 percent and closed at $4.78 Wednesday. The stocks have risen by 45 percent in the past month, with the 52 week trading range for the firm being between $1.68 and $11.52. The shares traded on an unusual volume of 6.21 million shares, which is about four times its daily average traded volume. Currently, James River is processing and selling thermal and metallurgical coal via eight active mining complexes throughout southern West Virginia, eastern Kentucky, and southern Indiana.

Arch Coal. (NYSE:ACI) shares rose by 4.50 percent to close at $8.13 with the total traded volume of 20.98 million, far higher than the average volume of 14.93 million. During the previous 52 weeks, the price change was -50.34 percent. Arch’s market cap is $1.73 billion with earnings per share of negative $1.66, net profit margin of minus 7.81 percent, and its operating margin was negative 7.50 percent. Further, it lost a 10.66 percent return on equity.

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (NYSE:FCX) shares have traded in the range between $31.08 and $48.96 during the past 52 weeks. The firm pays a yearly dividend of $1.25 with a dividend payout ratio of 33.75 percent. Shares maintain an annual dividend yield of 2.95 percent. The company specializes in the exploration, mining, and production of mineral resources.

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