NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Shares of James River Coal Company (Nasdaq: JRCC) were gapping up Monday morning with an open price 11.9% higher than Friday's closing price. The stock closed at $20.25 Friday and opened today's trading at $22.65.

The average volume for James River Coal has been 850,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. James River Coal has a market cap of $563.2 million and is part of the basic materials sector and metals & mining industry. Shares are down 20.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

James River Coal Company, through its subsidiaries, engages in mining, processing, and selling bituminous, steam- and industrial-grade coal in eastern Kentucky and southern Indiana. It conducts mining operations in Bell County, Bledsoe, Blue Diamond, Leeco, and Triad mining complexes. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.4, equal to the average metals & mining industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 21.9.

TheStreet Ratings rates James River Coal as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally poor debt management and poor profit margins. You can view the full James River Coal Ratings Report.

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