Cloud Peak Energy Inc (NYSE:CLD)‘s stock had its “buy” rating restated by equities research analysts at Stifel Nicolaus in a report issued on Friday. They currently have a $6.00 price objective on the mining company’s stock. Stifel Nicolaus’ price target suggests a potential upside of 70.45% from the company’s previous close.

A number of other equities research analysts have also weighed in on the stock. FBR & Co upgraded shares of Cloud Peak Energy from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and set a $4.00 target price on the stock in a report on Thursday, March 23rd. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Cloud Peak Energy from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 23rd. MKM Partners restated a “neutral” rating and issued a $4.00 target price (down previously from $6.00) on shares of Cloud Peak Energy in a report on Wednesday, May 10th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets set a $4.00 target price on shares of Cloud Peak Energy and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 4th. Eight equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $5.41.

Cloud Peak Energy (NYSE CLD) traded down 3.30% during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $3.52. The company had a trading volume of 683,982 shares. The firm has a market capitalization of $253.49 million, a PE ratio of 5.88 and a beta of 1.42. Cloud Peak Energy has a 12-month low of $2.42 and a 12-month high of $8.03. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $3.45 and its 200-day moving average price is $4.28.

Cloud Peak Energy (NYSE:CLD) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, April 27th. The mining company reported ($0.30) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.02) by $0.28. Cloud Peak Energy had a return on equity of 4.00% and a net margin of 4.68%. The business had revenue of $195.73 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $233.58 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned ($0.53) EPS. The company’s revenue was up 8.0% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts forecast that Cloud Peak Energy will post ($0.40) EPS for the current fiscal year.

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A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System raised its stake in Cloud Peak Energy by 0.3% in the second quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System now owns 30,600 shares of the mining company’s stock valued at $108,000 after buying an additional 100 shares during the period. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA raised its stake in Cloud Peak Energy by 78.5% in the first quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 24,555 shares of the mining company’s stock valued at $112,000 after buying an additional 10,801 shares during the period. KCG Holdings Inc. purchased a new stake in Cloud Peak Energy during the first quarter valued at approximately $112,000. Point View Wealth Management Inc. raised its stake in Cloud Peak Energy by 9.1% in the first quarter. Point View Wealth Management Inc. now owns 26,611 shares of the mining company’s stock valued at $122,000 after buying an additional 2,219 shares during the period. Finally, Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. raised its stake in Cloud Peak Energy by 242.8% in the fourth quarter. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. now owns 22,011 shares of the mining company’s stock valued at $123,000 after buying an additional 15,590 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 80.87% of the company’s stock.

Cloud Peak Energy Company Profile

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

Analyst Recommendations for Cloud Peak Energy (NYSE:CLD)

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