Shares of Cloud Peak Energy Inc. (NYSE:CLD) have been given an average recommendation of “Hold” by the eight ratings firms that are currently covering the company. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation and four have issued a hold recommendation on the company. The average 1-year target price among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $3.24.

A number of research firms recently commented on CLD. FBR & Co increased their target price on shares of Cloud Peak Energy from $1.25 to $1.75 and gave the company an “underperform” rating in a research report on Friday, July 29th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Cloud Peak Energy from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, August 1st.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of CLD. Menta Capital LLC increased its position in shares of Cloud Peak Energy by 5.4% in the first quarter. Menta Capital LLC now owns 56,312 shares of the mining company’s stock valued at $110,000 after buying an additional 2,898 shares during the last quarter. Brandes Investment Partners LP acquired a new position in shares of Cloud Peak Energy during the second quarter valued at about $145,000. LMR Partners LLP acquired a new position in shares of Cloud Peak Energy during the second quarter valued at about $157,000. JPMorgan Chase & Co. acquired a new position in shares of Cloud Peak Energy during the second quarter valued at about $199,000. Finally, Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC increased its position in shares of Cloud Peak Energy by 17.6% in the second quarter. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC now owns 99,374 shares of the mining company’s stock valued at $205,000 after buying an additional 14,887 shares during the last quarter. 77.13% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Cloud Peak Energy (NYSE:CLD) opened at 4.28 on Tuesday. Cloud Peak Energy has a 12 month low of $1.08 and a 12 month high of $4.85. The firm’s market cap is $252.55 million. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $3.80 and a 200-day moving average of $2.59.

Cloud Peak Energy (NYSE:CLD) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 28th. The mining company reported $0.48 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.31) by $0.79. Cloud Peak Energy had a negative net margin of 16.17% and a positive return on equity of 3.70%. The company had revenue of $174.20 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $171.57 million. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted ($0.87) EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 28.6% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts forecast that Cloud Peak Energy will post ($0.52) earnings per share for the current year.

About Cloud Peak Energy

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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