Sell Block: Coal's Not King Anymore

Friday, 7 Dec 2007 | 12:05 PM ET

The energy bill that passed Thursday in Congress is the death knell for coal, Cramer said during Thursday's Mad Money.

The bill includes a requirement for coal sequestration that should dramatically increase the total cost of burning coal for energy. But with "green" that latest trend, Democrats specifically targeting the fuel, and Google too for that matter, it seems like coal's time is over.

Mad Money Sell Block
Mad Money's Jim Cramer tells you which stocks you ought to be selling right now, either to take profits or to cut your losses.

So that means selling Peabody Energy. Not that investors can complain if they followed Cramer's suggestion. BTU is up 14% since he recommended it June 18 and 53% since his call back in October 2005. And what better time to sell than when the stock is at a 52-week high.

All coal has to go, including everything from Arch to International Coal and Massey Energy. The bright side in all this is that natural gas should fill the gap. It's clean and cheap, and 2008 should be a big year. So roll those profits from BTU into XTO Energy, Apache, Anadarko Petroleum or ConocoPhillips, Cramer said.

Jim's charitable trust owns ConocoPhillips and XTO Energy.

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