Active Energy Companies in the News for January 25, 2013

           Active Energy Companies in the News for January 25, 2013

PR Newswire

CORAL SPRINGS, Florida, January 25, 2013

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

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:

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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