Cloud Peak Energy (CLD) Earning Favorable Press Coverage, AlphaOne Reports

Media stories about Cloud Peak Energy (NYSE:CLD) have trended positive this week, according to AlphaOne. The research firm, a division of Accern, ranks the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. AlphaOne ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Cloud Peak Energy earned a news sentiment score of 0.35 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also gave press coverage about the mining company an impact score of 100 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is extremely likely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the news stories that may have impacted AlphaOne Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for Cloud Peak Energy (NYSE:CLD)

Several research firms recently commented on CLD. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Cloud Peak Energy from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, May 23rd. MKM Partners reiterated a “neutral” rating and set a $4.00 target price (down from $6.00) on shares of Cloud Peak Energy in a research report on Wednesday, May 10th. Stifel Nicolaus set a $7.00 target price on shares of Cloud Peak Energy and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, May 1st. 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 research report on Thursday, March 23rd. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC began coverage on shares of Cloud Peak Energy in a research report on Tuesday, March 7th. They set a “hold” rating and a $5.00 target price on the stock. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. Cloud Peak Energy has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $5.91.

Shares of Cloud Peak Energy (NYSE:CLD) traded down 0.32% on Friday, hitting $3.13. 778,970 shares of the stock were exchanged. The company has a 50 day moving average of $3.42 and a 200 day moving average of $4.70. Cloud Peak Energy has a 52-week low of $1.81 and a 52-week high of $8.03. The company has a market cap of $225.40 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 5.23 and a beta of 1.47.

Cloud Peak Energy (NYSE:CLD) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, April 27th. The mining company reported ($0.30) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the 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 firm had revenue of $195.73 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $233.58 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted ($0.53) EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 8.0% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts forecast that Cloud Peak Energy will post ($0.38) earnings per share for the current year.

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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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