U.S. Silica Holdings (SLCA) Given Daily Media Sentiment Rating of 0.17

Media coverage about U.S. Silica Holdings (NYSE:SLCA) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. U.S. Silica Holdings earned a media sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the mining company an impact score of 46.4550918486767 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

Shares of U.S. Silica Holdings (SLCA) traded up 2.41% during midday trading on Friday, hitting $28.87. 1,434,291 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. The company has a 50 day moving average of $29.67 and a 200 day moving average of $32.88. U.S. Silica Holdings has a 52 week low of $24.26 and a 52 week high of $61.49. The stock has a market cap of $2.34 billion, a P/E ratio of 206.21 and a beta of 2.32.

U.S. Silica Holdings (NYSE:SLCA) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Monday, July 31st. The mining company reported $0.38 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.37 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $290.50 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $316.43 million. U.S. Silica Holdings had a return on equity of 1.92% and a net margin of 1.60%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 148.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the company earned ($0.17) earnings per share. On average, equities analysts forecast that U.S. Silica Holdings will post $1.53 EPS for the current fiscal year.

SLCA has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. Royal Bank Of Canada set a $55.00 target price on shares of U.S. Silica Holdings and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday, October 7th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of U.S. Silica Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $31.00 target price on the stock in a report on Tuesday, October 24th. Piper Jaffray Companies reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $36.00 target price on shares of U.S. Silica Holdings in a report on Thursday, October 19th. Jefferies Group LLC set a $40.00 target price on shares of U.S. Silica Holdings and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, August 28th. Finally, BidaskClub raised shares of U.S. Silica Holdings from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, July 31st. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and seventeen have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $49.03.

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About U.S. Silica Holdings

U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc is a domestic producer of commercial silica, a specialized mineral that is an input into a range of end markets. The Company operates in two segments: Oil & Gas Proppants, and Industrial & Specialty Products. In the Oil & Gas Proppants segment, it serves the oil and gas recovery market providing fracturing sand, or frac sand, which is pumped down oil and natural gas wells to prop open rock fissures and manage the flow rate of natural gas and oil from the wells.

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