Active Energy Companies in the News for January 25, 2013

Fri Jan 25, 2013 2:31pm EST

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CORAL SPRINGS, Florida,  January 25, 2013  /PRNewswire/ --

FinancialNewsMedia.com  "Active Energy Companies to Watch" for today:  Peabody
Energy Corp. (NYSE:BTU), New Colombia Resources, Inc. (OTC: NEWC), SandRidge
Energy Inc. (NYSE: SD), Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL) and Chesapeake Energy
Corporation (NYSE: CHK)

Industry analysts expect U.S. natural gas prices to increase this coming year
which could lead electric power generators to once again return to coal. Natural
gas prices reached their lowest level in more 10+ years in 2012, prompting many
power plants to switch from coal to cheaper natural gas. In 2013, gas prices are
expected to rise nearly 35 percent. Consumption of natural gas for power
generation will drop more than 10 percent, according to the US Energy
Information Administration's Short-Term Energy Outlook released in  December
2012.  

The largest US coal producer, Peabody Energy Corp. (NYSE:BTU), expects the rise
in natural gas prices to fuel a 40 to 60 million ton rebound in coal demand in
2013. The industry could regain nearly half of the 120 million ton loss in
demand in 2012.  The critical point for individual investors who particularly
follow energy stocks is to find the steady and emerging companies positioning
themselves for providing solutions for the growing global demand of certain
energy producing opportunities.

Active Energy Plays to keep a close eye on are:

Peabody Energy Corp. (NYSE: BTU)  News: The board of directors of Peabody Energy
today declared a regular quarterly dividend on its common stock of  $0.085  per
share. The dividend is payable on  Feb. 28, 2013, to holders of record on  Feb.
7, 2013.  Peabody Energy is the world's largest private-sector coal company and
a global leader in sustainable mining and clean coal solutions.

New Colombia Resources, Inc. (OTC: NEWC) (formally known as VSUS Technologies -
VSUT) is focused on the acquisition and development of high-quality
metallurgical coal properties in the Republic of  Colombia. NEWC owns 100% of La
Tabaquera mine in  Colombia  with an estimated 15- 17 MM tonnes of reserves, 70%
metallurgical and 30% thermal coal.  The company has recently retired its
remaining convertible debt and entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a
12 year old South Colombian Mining entity in order to begin the process of
ramping up operations in  Columbia.  New Colombia Resources price per share was 
$0.005  back in late November, 2012. Today NEWC is trading up over 900% since
news about its operations are ramping up and according to  John Campo, NEWC
President, the next few weeks should be exciting times for the company.  For
more details go to:

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/emerging-coal-mining-company-name-142445558.html

SandRidge Energy Inc. (NYSE: SD) News: SandRidge Energy's board said Friday it
reviewed land deals involving entities controlled by Chief Executive  Tom Ward 
and his family and found no wrongdoing. The company said in a statement its
independent directors would consider requests from two activist investors - who
are already working to have Ward removed - to hire outside investigators to look
into the charges.  SandRidge Energy, Inc. is an oil and natural gas company
headquartered in  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  with its principal focus on
exploration and production.

Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL) posted a profit of  $669 million, or  72 cents 
a share, down from  $906 million, or  98 cents  a share, a year earlier on
continued weakness on the North American business. Analysts had, on average,
expected per-share earnings of  61 cents, according to a poll by FactSet. The
results were strong "despite a difficult environment," analysts at UBS said in a
note to clients, adding that Halliburton "remains a top pick."   Halliburton is
the world's second- largest oilfield-services provider, reported fourth-quarter
earnings that beat analysts' estimates as customers around the world boosted
spending at the end of the year.

Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK) News: Leading methanol producer
Methanex Corporation (MEOH) has forged a 10-year supply pact with 
Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy Corporation (CHK), the second largest natural
gas producer in the U.S. Under the agreement, Chesapeake will supply natural gas
for Methanex's methanol plant in  Geismar, La.  The supply will begin with the
startup of the 1-million ton plant, which is expected in late 2014.

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