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Arch Coal, Inc. engages in mining, processing, and marketing compliance and low-sulfur coal from mines located in the eastern and western United States. As of December 31, 2004, the company operated or controlled 27 mines and controlled approximately 3.7 billion tons of proven and probable coal reserves. The company sells its coal to producers of electric power, steel producers, and industrial facilities. Arch Coal is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.


Peabody Energy Corporation operates as the private sector coal company worldwide. It also markets, brokerages, and trades coal. The company's energy related businesses include the development of mine-mouth coal-fueled generating plants; and management of coal reserve and real estate holdings, coalbed methane production, and transportation services. As of December 31, 2004, Peabody Energy owned and operated 32 mines in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and West Virginia in the United States; and 4 in Queensland, Australia. As of same date, it had approximately 9.3 billion tons of proven and probable coal reserves, as well as approximately 300 million tons of coal reserves in Powder River Basin. The company was founded in 1883 and is based in St. Louis, Missouri.


Foundation Coal Holdings, Inc. (FCH), through its subsidiaries, engages in the production, process, and sale of coal in the United States. The company produces and sells steam coal to producers of electric power. It also produces and processes metallurgical coal for use in the manufacture of steel. The company has mining operations in the Powder River Basin, Northern Appalachia, Central Appalachia, and the Illinois Basin in the United States. FCH supplies steam coal to U.S. utilities for use in generating electricity, as well as sells steam coal to industrial plants. As of December 31, 2004, the company had approximately 1.8 billion tons of proven and probable coal reserves. As of the same date, it operated 13 mines located in Wyoming, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Illinois. Foundation Coal Holdings is based in Linthicum Heights, Maryland.


CONSOL Energy Inc. engages in the production of multifuel energy and provision of energy services primarily to electric power generation industry in the United States. The company has two units, Coal and Gas. The company's Coal unit engages in the mining, preparation, and marketing of steam coal, sold primarily to power generators; and metallurgical coal, sold to metal and coke producers. This unit includes three segments: Northern Appalachian, Central Appalachian, and Metallurgical. Each of these segments includes several operating mines. The Northern Appalachian segment includes Shoemaker, Blacksville #2, Robinson Run, McElroy, Bailey, Loveridge, Enlow Fork, and Mine 84 mines. The Central Appalachian segment includes Jones Fork, Mill Creek, and Wiley-Mill Creek mines. The Metallurgical segment includes Buchanan, Amonate, Miles Branch, and V.P. #8 mines. CONSOL's Gas unit produces coalbed methane gas for sale primarily to gas wholesalers from its coal properties in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. The company sells coal through agents, brokers, and unaffiliated trading companies. In addition, CONSOL provides energy services, including terminal services, industrial supply services, and coal waste disposal services. As of December 31, 2004, it had approximately 4.5 billion tons of proven and probable coal reserves. CONSOL Energy, Inc. was founded in 1991 and is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Headwaters Incorporated, through its subsidiaries, provides products, technologies, and services to the energy and construction materials industries in the United States. It operates in three segments: Construction Materials, Coal Combustion Products, and Alternative Energy. Construction Materials segment designs, manufactures, and markets shutters, gable vents, mounting blocks and tools, and architectural manufactured stones. This segment also provides concrete blocks and other masonry units, as well as various mortars and stucco products. Coal Combustion Products segment markets coal combustion products, such as fly ash and bottom ash to the building products and ready mix concrete industries. Alternative Energy segment develops catalyst technologies to convert coal and heavy oil into liquid fuels, as well as nanocatalyst processes and applications. The company was founded in 1987. It was formerly known as Covol Technologies, Inc. and changed its name to Headwaters Incorporated in 2000. The company is headquartered in South Jordan, Utah.


James River Coal Company, through its subsidiaries, engages in mining, processing, and selling coal in eastern Kentucky. The company provides bituminous, low sulfur, steam, and industrial grade coal to electric utility and industrial customers located in the southeastern region of the United States. As of December 31, 2004, the company had 207.4 million tons of proven and probable coal reserves. James River Coal Company was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.


Westmoreland Coal Company operates as an energy company in the United States. It owns coal mines in Montana, North Dakota, and Texas. The company produces coal from surface mines and supplies to power plants that generate electricity. Its power operations include ownership interests in two coal-fired and one natural gas-fired generating plant. As of December 31, 2004, Westmoreland had approximately 403364 million tons of coal reserves. The company also owns interests in nonregulated independent power plants. Westmoreland Coal Company was founded in 1854 and is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


Yanzhou Coal Mining Company Limited (YCM) engages in underground mining, preparation, and sale of coal, as well as the provision of railway coal transportation services in China. Its products primarily include thermal coal and semisoft coking coal used in electric power generation and metallurgical production. It operates six coal mines, which include Nantun, Xinglongzhuang, Baodian, Dongtan, Jining II, and Jining III. The company offers its products to electric power plants, metallurgical mills, chemical engineering companies, construction material manufacturers, and fuel trading companies. As of December 31, 2004, YCM had proven and probable reserves of approximately 2,004.3 million tonnes of coal. The company was established in 1973 and is headquartered in Zoucheng, China.


National Coal Corp. (NCC), through its subsidiaries, engages in coal mining business in eastern Tennessee and southeastern Kentucky. It produces coal by locating, assembling, leasing, assessing, permitting, and developing coal properties. The company sells its coal products to state operated electric utilities and industrial concerns in the immediate and surrounding states. As of March 31, 2005, NCC owned and leased approximately 107,000 acres of coal mineral rights. The company is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee.


Fording Canadian Coal Trust operates as an open-ended mutual fund. It invests in metallurgical coal, industrial minerals mining, and processing operations. The Trust, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Fording, Inc., holds a 60% ownership of Elk Valley Coal Partnership and is the producer of the industrial mineral wollastonite. It also holds a 100% interest in NYCO. The Trust's metallurgical coal operations process primarily metallurgical coal, principally for export. Its industrial minerals operations process wollastonite and other industrial minerals from two operations in the United States and one operation in Mexico. The primary product of its metallurgical coal operations is hard-coking coal. It owns Fording River, Coal Mountain, Elkview, Line Creek, Greenhills, and Cardinal River mines. Its principal markets are Asia and Europe. NYCO operates a mineral processing plant. Its processing facilities include dry processing equipment, a surface treatment plant, warehouse space, and truck and rail loadout facilities. The mining operation consists of the active Lewis Pit and the permitted Oak Hill deposit. As of December 31, 2004, the Trust's total metallurgical reserves were 710 millions of tonnes and total thermal reserves were 3 million tonnes. Fording Canadian Coal Trust was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.


U.S. Energy Corp., through a joint venture, USECC Joint Venture, engages in the development and production of mineral resources. The company owns interests in properties prospective for gold, uranium, vanadium, and molybdenum located primarily in central Wyoming. It also engages in commercial real estate activities. U.S. Energy Corp. was formed in 1966 and is headquartered in Riverton, Wyoming.


Penn Virginia Resource Partners, L.P., through its wholly owned subsidiary, Penn Virginia Operating Co., LLC, leases its coal reserves to various third-party operators. The partnership operates in two segments, Coal Royalty and Land Leasing, and Coal Services. Coal Royalty and Land Leasing segment leases its coal properties in the United States and New Mexico. This segment also engages in the sale of standing timber, as well as in real estate rentals. It holds reserves on six properties: the Wise property in Wise and Lee Counties, Virginia, and Letcher and Harlan Counties, Kentucky; the Coal River property in Boone, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, and Raleigh Counties, West Virginia; the New Mexico property in McKinley County, New Mexico; the northern Appalachia property in Barbour, Harrison, Lewis, Monongalia, and Upshur Counties, West Virginia; the Spruce Laurel property in Boone and Logan Counties, West Virginia; and the Buchanan property, in Buchanan County, Virginia. As of December 31, 2004, the partnership held approximately 558 million tons of proven and probable coal reserves located on 241,000 acres in Virginia, West Virginia, New Mexico, and eastern Kentucky, as well as 114,500 surface acres of timberland containing 167 million board feet of timber inventory. Coal Services segment provides coal preparation and transportation services to its lessees and other third-party end-users. The partnership also owns and operates coal handling facilities through its joint venture with Massey Energy Company. Penn Virginia Resource GP, LLC serves as the general partner of the partnership. Penn Virginia Resource Partners was formed in 2001 and is based in Radnor, Pennsylvania.


Massey Energy Company engages in the production, processing, and sale of low sulfur bituminous coal of steam and metallurgical grades through its processing and shipping centers called resource groups. These resource groups or mining complexes blend, process, and ship coal that is produced from one or more mines. The company's steam coal is primarily purchased by utilities and industrial clients as fuel for power plants. Its metallurgical coal is used primarily to make coke for use in the manufacture of steel. The company also operates material handling facilities and a synfuel production plant. This plant converts coal products to synthetic fuel. Its customer base includes various electric utilities, steel manufacturers, industrial customers, and energy traders and brokers. As of December 31, 2004, Massey Energy operated 34 underground mines and 15 surface mines in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Virginia. In addition, the company holds interests in operations that produce, gather, and market natural gas from shallow reservoirs in the Appalachian Basin. As of the above date, it owned and operated approximately 156 wells, 184 miles of gathering line, and various small compression facilities in Appalachian Basin. Massey Energy distributes its products through freight and terminal agreements with various providers, including railroads, barge lines, steamship lines, bulk motor carriers and terminal facilities. The company was founded in 1912. It was formerly known as A.T. Massey Coal Company, Inc. and renamed as Massey Energy Company in 2000. Massey Energy is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.


Natural Resource Partners LP (the partnership) primarily engages in the ownership and management of coal properties in Appalachia, the Illinois Basin, and the Powder River Basin in the United States. The partnership leases its properties to coal mine operators in exchange for royalty payments. It controlled approximately 1.8 billion tons of proven and probable coal reserves, as of December 31, 2004. It also sells standing timber. NRP (GP) LP serves as the general partner to the partnership. Natural Resource Partners was formed in 2002 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.


Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. engages in the extraction, processing, and marketing of coal in northern and central Appalachia coal fields in the United States. Its reserve base includes high British thermal units, low sulfur steam coal, and metallurgical coal. The company produces, process, and sells steam and metallurgical coal. Alpha also engages in the purchase and resale of coal mined by others. The company sells its steam coal to large utilities and industrial customers as fuel for electricity generation. As of December 31, 2004, it owned or leased 511.1 million tons of proven and probable coal reserves, of which approximately 89% were low sulfur reserves. The company has eight regional units, including two in Virginia, three in West Virginia, one in Pennsylvania, one in Kentucky, and one in Colorado. As of February 1, 2005, these units included 11 preparation plants, each of which receive, blend, process, and ship coal that is produced from its 65 active mines. The company is based in Abingdon, Virginia.