Northern, WI 5/15/12 (StreetBeat) -- Patriot Coal Corp. (NYSE: PCX) dropped after cutting the forecast it made a week ago for sales of steelmaking coal mined in Appalachia because of a potential default by a customer.
Patriot issued its forecast outside of regular trading hours on U.S. markets. Patriot fell 3.1 percent to $4.68 at 8:38 a.m. in New York.
The company sees sales in the second quarter through the fourth quarter of 3.9 million tons at an average price of $142 a ton, St. Louis-based Patriot said in a statement after the close of regular trading yesterday. That compares with a May 8 projection of 4.9 million tons at $138 a ton.
Patriot also revised its 2013 forecast for Appalachian metallurgical coal to 200,000 tons at $122 ton from 400,000 tons at $120 previously.
Patriot also produces thermal coal, which is used to generate electricity. The company’s shares fell 43 percent this year through yesterday amid a decline in U.S. coal shipments to power stations as some utilities switch to natural gas, which fell to a 10-year low last month.
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