Alpha Natural Resources (ANR) - Trading Recap

Posted on 10/08/2012 by Ella Gold

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NEW YORK (AVAFIN) -- Block trades serve as a useful indicator for investors trying to understand the sentiment of large financial institutions. A total of 63 block trades were executed today, typically at least 10,000 shares or more represent a single block unit. Further analysis into the trading activity reveals that 574,655 shares were bought and 473,767 shares were sold. The bought/sold ratio for shares of Alpha Natural Resources is 1.21, representing a positive net cash flow of $683,677 into the stock.

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Institutional investors also took positions in options where a total of 19,961 contracts was traded. Specifically, 16,118 call and 3,843 put contracts were traded during the last session yielding a 0.24 put/call ratio.

Alpha is well positioned to push more coal toward the export markets. Indeed, this is one of the few growth opportunities left to the firm. Additionaly, As Alpha gets a grip on the Massey integration, costs may retreat from the current record levels.

Alpha Natural Resources settled the day up $0.20 to $6.78 in the previous trading session. Today's trading range was between $6.45 and $6.99 respectively. On the volume side, 14M shares were traded, which is less than the average volume of 20M shares. ANR is trading below the 50 day moving average and lower than the 200 day moving average. The stock's 52 week low is $5.28 and 52 week high is $29.29. Performance indicators show that the stock has gained 0.15% within the last week.

Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. is a supplier and exporter of metallurgical coal for use in the steel-making process and a major supplier of thermal coal to electric utilities and manufacturing industries across the country.

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