Since Arch Coal Inc. (NYSE:ARCH) and Harsco Corporation (NYSE:HSC) are part of the Industrial Metals & Minerals industry, they are influenced by contrast. The influences particularly affect the institutional ownership, earnings and valuation, profitability, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations of both companies. Table 1 demonstrates Arch Coal Inc. and Harsco Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation. Harsco Corporation has lower revenue and earnings than Arch Coal Inc. When business has lower P/E means it is more affordable than its counterpart presently. Arch Coal Inc.’s presently lower P/E ratio makes it the more affordable of the two businesses. Table 2 has Arch Coal Inc. and Harsco Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets. 2.7 and 2.3 are the respective Current Ratio and a Quick Ratio of Arch Coal Inc. Its rival Harsco Corporation’s Current and Quick Ratios are 1.5 and 1.1 respectively. Arch Coal Inc. has a better chance of clearing its pay short and long-term debts than Harsco Corporation. Arch Coal Inc. pays out an annual dividend of $1.65 per share while its dividend yield is 1.8%. On the other side, $0.05 per ...