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 0.3%. By the end of trading, US Silica Holdings rose $0.82 (2.7%) to $31.69 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,540,954 shares of US Silica Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,707,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $30.84-$31.94 after having opened the day at $31.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.87. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were: Solitario Exploration & Royalty ( XPL), up 22.8%, James River Coal Company ( JRCC), up 8.4%, Thompson Creek Metals Company ( TC), up 7.9% and Denison Mines Corporation ( DNN), up 6.3%.

U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, mines, processes, and sells 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 $1.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 11.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate US Silica Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet 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, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, China Gengsheng Minerals ( CHGS), down 17.4%, Avino Silver & Gold Mines ( ASM), down 7.7%, Northern Dynasty Minerals ( NAK), down 6.2% and General Steel Holdings ( GSI), down 5.9% , were all laggards within the metals & mining industry with Nucor ( NUE) being today's metals & mining industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the metals & mining industry could consider SPDR S&P Metals & Mining ETF ( XME) while those bearish on the metals & mining industry could consider PowerShares DB Base Metals Sht ETN ( BOS).

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