Research on Arch Coal Inc. and Peabody Energy Corp. -- Coal Producers Look to Continue December Run Into 2011

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/10/11 -- offers investors comprehensive research on the industrial metals & minerals industry and has completed analytical research on Arch Coal Inc. (NYSE: ACI) and Peabody Energy Corp. (NYSE: BTU). Register with us today at to have free access to these researches.

The coal industry which includes Arch Coal Inc. and Peabody Energy Corp. has been trending upward with the help of higher industrial output, rising oil costs and strong demand from China and India. The coal industry index rose 6% in December to close out the year on a high note. Investors can register for free to access the research reports on Arch Coal Inc. and Peabody Energy Corp. at or is an online platform where investors doing their due-diligence on the industrial metals & minerals industry can have easy and free access to our analyst research and opinions on Arch Coal Inc. and Peabody Energy Corp.; investors and shareholders of these companies can simply register for a complimentary membership at

Industrial output is also on the rise and coal companies have benefitted from it. Specifically, steel production is beginning to improve. Visit to see how companies in this industry have grown over the past years and how they are expected to perform in the future.

Strong demand in China and India, the first and second fastest growing economies in the world, are also providing a boost to coal producers. Both countries have announced commitments to alternative energy sources but coal's availability and cheapness have made it the preferred energy source in some regions of these countries. China had been a net exporter of coal in the past but it now imports over 40 million tons a year. Register now at to have free access to our reports on the industrial metals & minerals industry.

Negatively, coal producers are concerned about the ascension of green energy. However, energy demands are still far greater than green energy sources and should not dent short-term revenues.

Overall, the coal industry is looking to improve upon the strong finish to 2010. Barring significant drops in oil prices, a rapid decline in industrial output or lower demand from Asia, continued growth is very possible for the first half of 2011.

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