US Silica Holdings Inc (SLCA): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Winner

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US Silica Holdings ( SLCA) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.0%. By the end of trading, US Silica Holdings rose $1.24 (6.1%) to $21.54 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,675,095 shares of US Silica Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,601,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $20.30-$21.76 after having opened the day at $20.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.30. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were: Cardero Resources Corporation ( CDY), up 19.1%, Kimber Resources ( KBX), up 10.5%, Tasman Metals ( TAS), up 7.6% and ProShares UltraPro Short 20+ Year Treasury ( TTT), up 5.2%.
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U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the mining, processing, and sale of commercial silica in the United States. It operates in two segments, Oil & Gas Proppants and Industrial & Specialty Products. US Silica Holdings has a market cap of $1.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate US Silica Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates US Silica Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and generally higher debt management risk.

On the negative front, Prospect Global Resources ( PGRX), down 19.5%, Asanko Gold ( AKG), down 14.9%, James River Coal Company ( JRCC), down 11.2% and Minco Gold Corporation ( MGH), down 10.2% , were all laggards within the metals & mining industry with Goldcorp ( GG) being today's metals & mining industry laggard.

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