Coal-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been on a tear year-to-date. While we search for reasons why, two factors are standing head and shoulders over most others.

  • Interest in alternative energy. The alarms have been sounded: we’re quickly running out of oil. This impending threat has investors seeking out other forms of energy, including solar, wind and yes, even coal. While the debate about how “clean” clean coal actually can be rages on, it hasn’t stopped investors from taking a gander. It’s generating even more interest as oil hits 10-month highs.

ETFs to watch for signs of more activity in the coal industry include:

  • Market Vectors Coal ETF (KOL): up 89.6% year-to-date

  • PowerShares Global Coal (PKOL): up 84.3% year-to-date

For more stories about coal, visit our coal category.

The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to pass. Information on this site should not be used or construed as an offer to sell, a solicitation of an offer to buy, or a recommendation for any product.

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