Cloud Peak Energy Inc. (NYSE:CLD) saw a large growth in short interest in the month of January. As of January 31st, there was short interest totalling 11,506,747 shares, a growth of 71.0% from the January 15th total of 6,730,968 shares. Based on an average trading volume of 4,938,753 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 2.3 days. Currently, 15.5% of the shares of the stock are sold short.

Several equities analysts have commented on the stock. BMO Capital Markets set a $4.00 price objective on shares of Cloud Peak Energy and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, December 20th. MKM Partners set a $2.00 price objective on Cloud Peak Energy and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, November 2nd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised Cloud Peak Energy from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $0.25 price objective on the stock in a research report on Monday, January 7th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $2.88.

Cloud Peak Energy stock opened at $0.59 on Thursday. 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 twelve month low of $0.25 and a twelve month high of $4.29. The company has a market capitalization of $47.98 million, a PE ratio of -1.36 and a beta of 2.51.

Large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. BlackRock Inc. raised its stake in Cloud Peak Energy by 1.9% in the 4th quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 10,583,555 shares of the mining company’s stock valued at $3,877,000 after acquiring an additional 198,804 shares during the period. Vanguard Group Inc raised its stake in shares of Cloud Peak Energy by 1.3% in the third quarter. Vanguard Group Inc now owns 4,698,036 shares of the mining company’s stock worth $10,805,000 after buying an additional 58,484 shares during the period. Vanguard Group Inc. raised its stake in Cloud Peak Energy by 1.3% during the 3rd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 4,698,036 shares of the mining company’s stock valued at $10,805,000 after purchasing an additional 58,484 shares during the period. Bank of New York Mellon Corp boosted its holdings in shares of Cloud Peak Energy by 4.6% in the 3rd quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 2,171,763 shares of the mining company’s stock worth $4,995,000 after purchasing an additional 95,543 shares during the period. Finally, Northern Trust Corp lifted its holdings in shares of Cloud Peak Energy by 2.7% in the 2nd quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 1,415,207 shares of the mining company’s stock worth $4,939,000 after buying an additional 36,751 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 78.34% of the company’s stock.

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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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