THE NUMBERS: Coal-mining operator Peabody Energy Corp. said Tuesday that third-quarter profit rose 22 percent, helped by growing demand for coal used for power generation in Asia and Europe. Net income was $274.1 million, or $1 per share, up from $224.1 million, or 83 cents per share, a year ago.
PARTNER SPLITS: Luxembourg-based steel maker ArcelorMittal announced it will pull out of a joint bid with Peabody for Australia's Macarthur Coal. That left Peabody as the only buyer in the $5 billion deal.
REACTION: Peabody's CEO said that was OK _ his company "always preferred a larger ownership" of Macarthur. Gregory H. Boyce said going it alone just speeds up Peabody's ability to benefit from the deal.