Basic Material Active Movers: Alpha Natural Resources (NYSE:ANR), Weatherford International (NYSE:WFT), Peabody Energy (NYSE:BTU), Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM)

Block trades serve as a useful indicator for investors trying to understand the sentiment of large financial institutions. A total of 64 block trades were executed today, typically at least 10,000 shares or more represent a single block unit. Further analysis into the trading activity reveals that 581,944 shares were bought and 448,283 shares were sold. The bought/sold ratio for shares of Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE:ANR) is 1.30, representing a positive net cash flow of $489,694 into the stock. Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE:ANR) stock performance was -3.46% in last session and finished the day at $3.63. Traded volume was 7.30million shares in the last session and the average volume of the stock remained 9.94million shares. The beta of the stock remained 2.26. Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE:ANR) insider ownership is 1.90%.

Weatherford International Ltd (NYSE:WFT) SVP William B. Jacobson sold 27,234 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, July 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $22.78, for a total transaction of $620,390.52. Following the sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 236,020 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $5,376,536. Weatherford International Ltd (NYSE:WFT) dropped -1.50 percent to $22.40 Monday on volume of 7.47million shares. The intra-day range of the stock was $22.20 to $22.81. Weatherford International Ltd (NYSE:WFT) has a market capitalization of $17.31billion.

The energy and mining sectors were among the worst performing on a listless Monday as broker Deutsche Bank cut its rating on Peabody Energy Corporation (NYSE:BTU), the largest US coal miner, and warned that weaker currencies would weigh on many closely tracked mining companies. Coal miners, which have been hamstrung by the shift in energy production in the US, particularly to natural gas, as well as President Barack Obama’s push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, extended declines this year. The investment bank said Peabody Energy Corporation (NYSE:BTU), which tallied sales of $7bn in 2013, would struggle against “muted” coal prices, forecasting a 3 per cent sales decline this year. Peabody Energy Corporation (NYSE:BTU)’s stock on July 07, 2014 reported a decrease of -3.67% to the closing price of $16.00. Its fifty two weeks range is $14.34 -$21.28. The total market capitalization recorded $4.34billion. The overall volume in the last trading session was 7.84million shares. In its share capital, BTU has 271.32million outstanding shares.

An Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE:XOM) venture seeking to export natural gas from a facility in Jefferson County has asked for a permit from a key federal regulator.Golden Pass Products said it has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for permission to build and operate a liquefied natural gas export plant at the site of its existing import terminal at Sabine Pass. On Monday, shares of Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) advanced 0.06% to close the day at $102.65. Company return on investment (ROI) is 8.20% and its monthly performance is recorded as 2.09%. Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) quarterly revenue growth is 6.15%.