Frequently Asked Questions

What are the different coal prices published by EIA?

EIA publishes various coal prices including futures prices, mine prices, captive and open market sales prices, and delivered prices.

  • Spot Price is the price for a one-time open market transaction for immediate delivery purchased "on the spot" at current market rates.
  • NYMEX Futures Price are prices on contracts on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) for the delivery of a specified quantity of a commodity at a specified time and place in the future.
  • Mine Sales Price is calculated from the free on board (FOB) value of coal at the coal mine without any insurance or freight transportation charges added.
  • Captive Sales Price is the FOB sale price for coal used by the producing company or sold to affiliated or parent companies.
  • Open Market Sales Price is the price of coal sold on the open market to companies other than the reporting company's parent company or a subsidiary of the parent company.

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Last updated: December 23, 2013

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