These Coal Stocks are Among Leaders in the Energy Sector Rally

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Peabody Energy Corporation (NYSE:BTU) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $47.65, up $2.06 (+4.5%) from the previous close of $45.58. Peabody Energy Corporation mines steam coal for sale mainly to electric utilities and metallurgical coal for sale to industrial customers.

Stock Price Performance: From July 11, 2011, to September 6, 2011, the stock price had fallen $12.17 (-21.1%) from $57.75 to $45.58. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between August 22, 2011 and August 31, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 17.2% (+$7.16). It saw one of its worst periods between July 29, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 26.9% (-$15.42).

EQT Corporation (NYSE:EQT) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $60.77, up $2.23 (+3.8%) from the previous close of $58.53. EQT Corporation offers energy products including natural gas, NGLs and a limited amount of crude oil and services to wholesale and retail customers in the United States.

Stock Price Performance: From June 9, 2011, to September 2, 2011, the stock price had risen $5.15 (9.7%) from $52.97 to $58.12. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 6, 2011 and January 18, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 3.7% (+$1.68). It saw one of its worst periods between August 1, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 24.4% (-$15.58).

Holly Corporation (NYSE:HOC) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $37.10, up $2.18 (+6.2%) from the previous close of $34.92. Holly Corp is mainly an independent petroleum refiner which produces high value light products such as gasoline, diesel fuel and jet fuel.

Stock Price Performance: From May 4, 2011, to June 30, 2011, the stock price had risen $17.30 (33.2%) from $52.10 to $69.40. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 25, 2011 and February 8, 2011 when shares rose for 11 straight trading days, rising 30.7% (+$12.98). It saw one of its worst periods between April 5, 2011 and April 12, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 10.6% (-$6.86).

Sunoco Inc. (NYSE:SUN) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $39.32, up $1.29 (+3.4%) from the previous close of $38.03. Sunoco, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is a petroleum refiner and marketer and chemicals manufacturer.

Stock Price Performance: From August 8, 2011, to September 6, 2011, the stock price had risen $8.09 (27%) from $29.94 to $38.03. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 20, 2011 and January 28, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 7.1% (+$2.85). It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for 13 straight trading days, falling 29.9% (-$12.77).

Arch Coal Inc (NYSE:ACI) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $19.88, up $1.21 (+6.5%) from the previous close of $18.67. Arch Coal, Inc. is a coal producer in the United States, which sells coal to power plants, steel mills and industrial facilities.

Stock Price Performance: From June 7, 2011, to August 31, 2011, the stock price had fallen $6.27 (-23.6%) from $26.58 to $20.31. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 29, 2010 and November 8, 2010 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 20.4% (+$4.94). It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 4, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 25.7% (-$7.32).