Coal stocks are falling this morning after new proposals by the EPA that would severely limit the ability of companies to build the kind of coal-fired plants that account for nearly half the U.S.'s electricity production:

 

Coal Companies

Last

Change

% Chg

YTD

(WLT) Walter Energy, Inc.

14.62

-0.40

-2.64%

-59.24%

(ACI) Arch Coal, Inc.

4.86

-0.13

-2.61%

-33.61%

(ANR) Alpha Natural Resources, Inc.

6.41

-0.22

-3.28%

-34.16%

(JRCC) James River Coal Company

2.11

-0.02

-0.94%

-34.27%

(BTU) Peabody Energy Corporation

18.43

-0.31

-1.65%

-30.74%

(CNX) CONSOL Energy Inc.

34.94

-0.40

-1.13%

8.85%

The EPA proposals to reduce greenhouse emissions would also force existing coal-fired utilities to make expensive upgrades. The potential profit-squeeze on these utilities has investors selling:

 

Coal-Fired Electric Utilities

Last

Change

% Chg

YTD

(AEP) American Electric Power Co.

44.24

-0.43

-0.97%

3.64%

(SO) The Southern Company

41.96

-0.34

-0.80%

-1.99%

(DUK) Duke Energy Corporation

67.55

-0.38

-0.56%

5.88%

(PNW) Pinnacle West Capital Corporation

55.48

-0.33

-0.59%

8.83%

(EIX) Edison International

46.03

-0.14

-0.30%

1.86%

(D) Dominion Resources

62.94

-0.27

-0.44%

21.50%

(IDA) IDACORP, Inc.

48.07

-0.12

-0.25%

10.89%

(GXP) Great Plains Energy Incorporated

22.37

-0.02

-0.09%

10.14%

(PNM) PNM Resources, Inc.

22.48

0.01

0.04%

9.61%