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US Silica Holdings (SLCA) Reaches New Lifetime High Today

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified US Silica Holdings ( SLCA) as a new lifetime high candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified US Silica Holdings as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • SLCA has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $56.6 million.
  • SLCA has traded 17,947 shares today.
  • SLCA is trading at a new lifetime high.

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More details on SLCA:

U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. produces and sells commercial silica in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Oil & Gas Proppants, and Industrial & Specialty Products. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 0.9%. SLCA has a PE ratio of 40.2. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate US Silica Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

The average volume for US Silica Holdings has been 1.4 million shares per day over the past 30 days. US Silica has a market cap of $3.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and metals & mining industry. The stock has a beta of 3.48 and a short float of 8.2% with 4.08 days to cover. Shares are up 70.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates US Silica Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 4.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 47.2%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 155.64% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, SLCA should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 716.99% to $30.31 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, U S SILICA HOLDINGS INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -33.64%.
  • U S SILICA HOLDINGS INC has improved earnings per share by 6.3% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, U S SILICA HOLDINGS INC reported lower earnings of $1.41 versus $1.50 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.97 versus $1.41).
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed compared to the Metals & Mining industry average, but is greater than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 6.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $17.28 million to $18.37 million.

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