How Does U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. (SLCA) Stack Up Right Now?

U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. (SLCA) is an interesting player in the Basic Materials space, with a focus on Industrial Metals & Minerals. The stock has been active on the tape, currently trading at $32.99, up from yesterday’s close by 1.04%. Given the stock’s recent action, it seemed like a good time to take a closer look at the company’s recent data.

Fundamental Analysis

U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. (SLCA) currently trades with a market capitalization of $2.59 Billion. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been growing by 50.87 % on a quarterly year/year basis as of the company’s last quarterly report.

You can get a sense of how sustainable that is by a levered free cash flow of -$101.77 Million over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to grow in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of $0.68 on a per share basis this quarter. Perhaps, that suggests something about why 0.51% of the outstanding share supply is held by institutional investors.

Technical Analysis

Sometimes, we can understand most about a stock by simply looking at how it has been trading. Looking at the stock’s movement on the chart, U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. recorded a 52-week high of $41.79. It is now trading 8.8% off that level. The stock is trading $27.96 its 50-day moving average by -5.03%. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at $23.75.

In recent action, U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. (SLCA) has made a move of +16.37% over the past month, which has come on weak relative transaction volume. Over the trailing year, the stock is underperforming the S&P 500 by 14.61, and it’s gotten there by action that has been more volatile on a day-to-day basis than most other stocks on the exchange. In terms of the mechanics underlying that movement, traders will want to note that the stock is trading on a float of 16.28% with $77.58 Million sitting short, betting on future declines. That suggests something of the likelihood of a short squeeze in shares of SLCA.

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