Cloud Peak Energy Inc. (NYSE:CLD) saw a large growth in short interest in December. As of December 29th, there was short interest totalling 4,186,340 shares, a growth of 40.1% from the December 15th total of 2,988,797 shares. Currently, 5.7% of the shares of the company are short sold. Based on an average trading volume of 1,190,482 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is presently 3.5 days.

Shares of Cloud Peak Energy (NYSE:CLD) opened at $5.31 on Wednesday. The company has a current ratio of 2.14, a quick ratio of 1.61 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.41. Cloud Peak Energy has a fifty-two week low of $2.78 and a fifty-two week high of $6.30. The stock has a market cap of $409.52, a P/E ratio of 531.00 and a beta of 1.60.

Cloud Peak Energy (NYSE:CLD) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 26th. The mining company reported $0.03 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.02 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $249.00 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $254.82 million. During the same period last year, the business earned $0.06 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 14.7% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts anticipate that Cloud Peak Energy will post -0.39 earnings per share for the current year.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in CLD. AJO LP purchased a new stake in Cloud Peak Energy during the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $120,000. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA grew its holdings in Cloud Peak Energy by 55.5% during the 2nd quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 38,175 shares of the mining company’s stock valued at $135,000 after buying an additional 13,620 shares in the last quarter. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans boosted its position in shares of Cloud Peak Energy by 4.0% during the 2nd quarter. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans now owns 44,860 shares of the mining company’s stock valued at $158,000 after acquiring an additional 1,730 shares during the last quarter. State Board of Administration of Florida Retirement System boosted its position in shares of Cloud Peak Energy by 81.3% during the 3rd quarter. State Board of Administration of Florida Retirement System now owns 52,406 shares of the mining company’s stock valued at $192,000 after acquiring an additional 23,502 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Nationwide Fund Advisors boosted its position in shares of Cloud Peak Energy by 332.6% during the 2nd quarter. Nationwide Fund Advisors now owns 54,775 shares of the mining company’s stock valued at $193,000 after acquiring an additional 42,112 shares during the last quarter. 79.25% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Several equities research analysts recently issued reports on CLD shares. TheStreet raised shares of Cloud Peak Energy from a “d+” rating to a “c-” rating in a report on Friday, October 27th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lowered shares of Cloud Peak Energy from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Monday, November 20th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Cloud Peak Energy from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $5.00 target price for the company in a report on Monday, January 1st. B. Riley reissued a “neutral” rating on shares of Cloud Peak Energy in a report on Wednesday, November 1st. Finally, BMO Capital Markets set a $5.00 target price on shares of Cloud Peak Energy and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, October 27th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating, one has issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $5.29.

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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). 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.

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