Media headlines about U.S. Silica Holdings (NYSE:SLCA) have trended positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. U.S. Silica Holdings earned a media sentiment score of 0.28 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the mining company an impact score of 46.4790610689686 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Several equities analysts have recently issued reports on the company. Royal Bank Of Canada set a $60.00 price objective on U.S. Silica Holdings and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday, July 1st. BidaskClub cut U.S. Silica Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday. Zacks Investment Research raised U.S. Silica Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $30.00 price objective for the company in a report on Thursday, July 27th. Jefferies Group LLC reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $45.00 price objective (down previously from $65.00) on shares of U.S. Silica Holdings in a report on Wednesday, August 2nd. Finally, Cowen and Company decreased their price objective on U.S. Silica Holdings from $60.00 to $40.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a report on Wednesday, August 2nd. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating, eighteen have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $52.01.

Shares of U.S. Silica Holdings (NYSE SLCA) traded down 0.08% during trading on Friday, hitting $25.44. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,505,022 shares. The stock has a market cap of $2.07 billion, a PE ratio of 145.37 and a beta of 2.33. U.S. Silica Holdings has a one year low of $24.99 and a one year high of $61.49. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $30.78 and a 200-day moving average price of $41.93.

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

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, October 3rd. Stockholders of record on Friday, September 15th will be given a dividend of $0.063 per share. This represents a $0.25 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.99%. This is an increase from U.S. Silica Holdings’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.06. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 14th. U.S. Silica Holdings’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 192.31%.

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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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