NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- James River Coal Company (Nasdaq: JRCC) hit a new 52-week low Friday as it is currently trading at $15.02, below its previous 52-week low of $15.36 with 115,162 shares traded as of 9:59 a.m. ET. Average volume has been one million shares over the past 30 days.

James River Coal has a market cap of $623 million and is part of the basic materials sector and metals & mining industry. Shares are down 39% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

James River Coal Company, through its subsidiaries, engages in mining, processing, and selling bituminous, steam, and industrial grade coal in eastern Kentucky and in southern Indiana. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.3, equal to the average metals & mining industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.
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TheStreet Ratings rates James River Coal as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. You can view the full James River Coal Ratings Report.

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