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SeekingAlpha investment advisor Charles Morand is maybe, possibly thinking about betting on synfuels, specifically coal-to-liquid (CTL) synfuels made by Headwaters, Syntroleum Corp, Sasol and Rentec. He has a rundown of each company on this page. While the headline reads "Four Stocks to Watch," implying these are good investment opportunities, Morand's write-up makes CTL investment seem like a losing proposition, at least right now.

There are various reasons different people invest in stocks, and one avenue is to be a "Growth Investor", someone who likes to see companies grow by

Yesterday's Seeking Alpha makes a brief mention of ethanol producers, starting with Blue Flint Ethanol, that use excess heat from coal-fired energy plants to power their production facilities. Seeking Alpha is a stock watch site and likes the process because the low prices for using the coal-fired heat can be locked in for 20 years. Environmental concerns over using coal to make ethanol are mentioned, but so is the ethanol industry's claim that "clean coal" is not much more polluting than natura

Pacific Ethanol, a company we're mentioned before because they're building giant ethanol plants around the western side of the United States, sold on Friday five and a half million shares of its stock to private investors for about $5 less each than the $31.52 stocks were valued at Thursday. The company also sold the rights to buy almost three million shares at $31.55 in six months. The stock market didn't like this at all on Friday and the price of the shares dropped $3.11 that day. The sale of

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