Media headlines about U.S. Silica Holdings (NYSE:SLCA) have trended somewhat positive on Wednesday, according to Accern. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. U.S. Silica Holdings earned a news sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the mining company an impact score of 45.771885890083 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

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

Several research analysts have recently issued reports on SLCA shares. BidaskClub downgraded U.S. Silica Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, August 11th. Citigroup Inc. lowered their price objective on U.S. Silica Holdings from $58.00 to $52.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research note on Friday, June 9th. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) upped their price objective on U.S. Silica Holdings from $63.00 to $64.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 31st. Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $45.00 target price (down from $65.00) on shares of U.S. Silica Holdings in a report on Wednesday, August 2nd. Finally, Barclays PLC reiterated an “equal weight” rating and issued a $45.00 target price on shares of U.S. Silica Holdings in a report on Wednesday, August 2nd. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and eighteen have assigned a buy rating to the stock. U.S. Silica Holdings presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $52.18.

U.S. Silica Holdings (SLCA) opened at 26.54 on Wednesday. U.S. Silica Holdings has a 12-month low of $24.26 and a 12-month high of $61.49. The company has a market capitalization of $2.16 billion, a PE ratio of 151.66 and a beta of 2.33. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $28.29 and its 200-day moving average price is $39.59.

U.S. Silica Holdings (NYSE:SLCA) last released its quarterly earnings data on Monday, July 31st. The mining company reported $0.38 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.37 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $290.50 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $316.43 million. U.S. Silica Holdings had a return on equity of 1.92% and a net margin of 1.60%. U.S. Silica Holdings’s quarterly revenue was up 148.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the business posted ($0.17) EPS. On average, equities analysts anticipate that U.S. Silica Holdings will post $1.59 earnings per share 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 issued a $0.063 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 14th. This is an increase from U.S. Silica Holdings’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.06. This represents a $0.25 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.95%. U.S. Silica Holdings’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 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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