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How to buy U-SSilica stock

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U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc is an oil & gas equipment & services business based in the US. U-SSilica shares (SLCA) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. U-SSilica employs 2,177 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$957.7 million.

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for U-SSilica. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: SLCA. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until U-SSilica reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. Weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of U-SSilica, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of U-SSilica. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

U-SSilica share price

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U-SSilica shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-02-24.
52-week rangeUSD$0.79 - USD$11.88
50-day moving average USD$9.2267
200-day moving average USD$5.4449
Wall St. target priceUSD$6.89
PE ratio N/A
Dividend yield USD$0.083 (0.75%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$-3.573

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Is it a good time to buy U-SSilica stock?

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Is U-SSilica under- or over-valued?

Valuing U-SSilica stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of U-SSilica's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

U-SSilica's PEG ratio

U-SSilica's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.21. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into U-SSilica's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

U-SSilica's EBITDA

U-SSilica's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$138.8 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a U-SSilica's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

U-SSilica financials

Revenue TTM USD$957.7 million
Gross profit TTM USD$337.1 million
Return on assets TTM -0.5%
Return on equity TTM -51.35%
Profit margin -42.97%
Book value $8.005
Market capitalisation USD$829.7 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting U-SSilica shares

There are currently 7.9 million U-SSilica shares held short by investors – that's known as U-SSilica's "short interest". This figure is 6.1% up from 7.4 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting U-SSilica shares can be evaluated.

U-SSilica's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

U-SSilica's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of U-SSilica shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of U-SSilica shares traded daily (recently around 1.5 million). U-SSilica's SIR currently stands at 5.43. In other words for every 100,000 U-SSilica shares traded daily on the market, roughly 5430 shares are currently held short.

However U-SSilica's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of U-SSilica shares, or, against the total number of tradable U-SSilica shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case U-SSilica's short interest could be expressed as 0.11% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 U-SSilica shares in existence, roughly 110 shares are currently held short) or 0.1563% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable U-SSilica shares, roughly 156 shares are currently held short).

A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against U-SSilica.

Find out more about how you can short U-SSilica stock.

U-SSilica share dividends

We're not expecting U-SSilica to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

U-SSilica share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, U-SSilica's shares have ranged in value from as little as $0.79 up to $11.88. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while U-SSilica's is 3.293. This would suggest that U-SSilica's shares are significantly more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent a higher risk.

U-SSilica overview

U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. produces and sells commercial silica in the United States. The company operates through two segments, Oil & Gas Proppants and Industrial & Specialty Products. It offers whole grain commercial silica products to be used as fracturing sand in connection with oil and natural gas recovery, as well as sells its whole grain silica products in various size distributions, grain shapes, and chemical purity levels for manufacturing glass products. The company also provides ground commercial silica products for use in plastics, rubber, polishes, cleansers, paints, glazes, textile fiberglass, and precision castings; fine ground silica for use in premium paints, specialty coatings, sealants, silicone rubber, and epoxies; and engineered performance materials made from diatomaceous earth (DE), clay, and perlite. In addition, it offers other industrial mineral products, such as aplite, a mineral used to produce container glass and insulation fiberglass; magnesium silicate, a adsorbent made from a mixture of silica and magnesium for preparative and analytical chromatography applications; and DE and clay aggregates used as an absorbent for automotive, industrial, and sports turf applications. Further, the company provides transportation, equipment rental, and contract labor services. U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. serves oilfield services companies, and exploration and production companies that are engaged in hydraulic fracturing; and industrial and specialty products end markets. The company was formerly known as GGC USS Holdings, Inc. U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. was incorporated in 2008 and is headquartered in Katy, Texas.

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