Cloud Peak Energy Inc. (NYSE:CLD) traded up 3.8% during mid-day trading on Friday . The stock traded as high as $2.70 and last traded at $2.70, with a volume of 589,303 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $2.60.

Several equities research analysts have issued reports on the company. Zacks Investment Research cut Cloud Peak Energy from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Friday, April 29th. FBR & Co cut Cloud Peak Energy from a “market perform” rating to an “underperform” rating and cut their target price for the stock from $1.50 to $1.25 in a research note on Friday, April 29th. Finally, Clarkson Capital cut Cloud Peak Energy from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, April 18th. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $5.87.

The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $2.13 and its 200 day moving average price is $1.92. The stock’s market capitalization is $161.33 million.

Cloud Peak Energy (NYSE:CLD) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, April 28th. The mining company reported ($0.53) earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.15) by $0.38. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted ($0.05) EPS. The company earned $181.25 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $207.08 million. Cloud Peak Energy’s revenue for the quarter was down 42.9% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts predict that Cloud Peak Energy Inc. will post ($0.91) EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of large investors recently bought and sold shares of CLD. Russell Frank Co raised its stake in Cloud Peak Energy by 38.8% in the fourth quarter. Russell Frank Co now owns 1,353,573 shares of the mining company’s stock worth $2,761,000 after buying an additional 378,419 shares during the last quarter. First Trust Advisors LP raised its stake in Cloud Peak Energy by 39.8% in the fourth quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 951,943 shares of the mining company’s stock worth $1,980,000 after buying an additional 271,119 shares during the last quarter. Oxford Asset Management raised its stake in Cloud Peak Energy by 435.2% in the fourth quarter. Oxford Asset Management now owns 834,756 shares of the mining company’s stock worth $1,689,000 after buying an additional 678,796 shares during the last quarter. Boston Partners raised its stake in Cloud Peak Energy by 9.4% in the fourth quarter. Boston Partners now owns 3,692,741 shares of the mining company’s stock worth $7,681,000 after buying an additional 316,378 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Morgan Stanley raised its stake in Cloud Peak Energy by 15.7% in the fourth quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 538,526 shares of the mining company’s stock worth $1,120,000 after buying an additional 72,884 shares during the last quarter.

Cloud Peak Energy Inc is a producer of coal in the United States of America and the Powder River basin (PRB). The Company owns and operates three surface coal mines: the Antelope Mine, the Cordero Rojo Mine, and the Spring Creek Mine. The Company operates through two segments: Owned and Operated Mines segment, and Logistics and Related Activities.

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