Coal stocks and coal investments have always been popular investment choices because of coal’s abundance and excellent thermal properties. However, concerns about global warming and coal’s negative effects on the environment have raised many questions about the long-term potential of investing in coal stocks. Today, coal stocks are in a transitional era: on one hand, energy companies are being pressured to find alternative energy sources to what is labeled a dirty energy source, on the other hand, new technologies and discoveries are proving that burning coal remains one of the most practical ways to fuel our increasing energy demands.
To invest profitably in coal stocks, investors need to be aware of the major trends affecting the coal industry. See our coal stocks archive below where you’ll uncover a host of ideas on the most important trends impacting coal investors and the best strategies for profiting from these trends.
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Consumption hit another record last year, as did emissions tied to global warming, according to BP's energy yearbook.
Rising prices are expected to support output growth for a few years. Gas is to see big gains as power plant fuel.
The out-of-favor fuel is rapidly losing market share in the U.S. and Europe, and even China’s consumption slipped last year.
Energy markets didn’t fare well in 2014, but some industry segments beat the odds.
The oil crash overshadowed wild weather and records for global demand and U.S. output.
The world’s favorite energy sources have important drawbacks as well, notably in terms of pollution and global warming.
The long and deep decline in Western consumption has been rendered nearly irrelevant by the meteoric rise of Asian demand.
A plan requiring drastic cuts in carbon dioxide emissions would phase out coal power in the US over the next 16 years.
The oil giant has rejected an activist push to devalue its reserves, and rightly so given coal’s dominant role in global warming.
Pending coal plant closures to comply with new EPA rules will only increase the demand for natural gas.