Shares of Cloud Peak Energy Inc. (NYSE:CLD) have been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the ten research firms that are covering the company, Marketbeat reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The average 1 year target price among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $2.88.

CLD has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Cloud Peak Energy from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 16th. MKM Partners set a $2.00 price target on shares of Cloud Peak Energy and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, November 2nd. Finally, BMO Capital Markets set a $4.00 price target on shares of Cloud Peak Energy and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, December 20th.

Shares of CLD stock traded down $0.01 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $0.35. 2,239,221 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 5,777,608. The company has a quick ratio of 1.52, a current ratio of 2.02 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.41. Cloud Peak Energy has a 52 week low of $0.25 and a 52 week high of $5.41. The company has a market capitalization of $26.30 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of -0.79 and a beta of 2.52.

Cloud Peak Energy (NYSE:CLD) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, October 25th. The mining company reported $0.16 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.08) by $0.24. The business had revenue of $233.08 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $244.03 million. Cloud Peak Energy had a negative net margin of 0.81% and a negative return on equity of 3.66%. On average, equities analysts expect that Cloud Peak Energy will post -0.48 EPS for the current year.

A number of hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in CLD. SG Americas Securities LLC lifted its stake in Cloud Peak Energy by 160.7% in the second quarter. SG Americas Securities LLC now owns 40,962 shares of the mining company’s stock valued at $143,000 after acquiring an additional 25,248 shares during the last quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. raised its position in shares of Cloud Peak Energy by 13.4% in the second quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 2,094,136 shares of the mining company’s stock valued at $7,309,000 after purchasing an additional 246,723 shares during the period. BlackRock Inc. raised its position in shares of Cloud Peak Energy by 6.7% in the second quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 10,074,516 shares of the mining company’s stock valued at $35,159,000 after purchasing an additional 635,042 shares during the period. Renaissance Technologies LLC raised its position in shares of Cloud Peak Energy by 0.5% in the second quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 5,900,700 shares of the mining company’s stock valued at $20,593,000 after purchasing an additional 27,800 shares during the period. Finally, MetLife Investment Advisors LLC raised its position in shares of Cloud Peak Energy by 219.7% in the second quarter. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC now owns 39,445 shares of the mining company’s stock valued at $138,000 after purchasing an additional 27,108 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 78.22% of the company’s stock.

About Cloud Peak Energy

Cloud Peak Energy Inc produces coal in the Powder River Basin and the United States. The company operates through Owned and Operated Mines, and Logistics and Related Activities. It owns and operates three surface coal mines comprising the Antelope Mine and the Cordero Rojo Mine located in Wyoming; and the Spring Creek Mine located in Montana.

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