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Why Shares of U.S. Silica Holdings Inc. Popped Today

Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

What: Shares of U.S. Silica Holdings  (NYSE: SLCA  ) jumped as much as 10% today after the company reported earnings.

So what: Demand for sand used in fracking jumped 45% year over year in the first quarter and helped drive a 47.2% increase in revenue to $180.1 million. Net income only increased 6.3% to $18.4 million, or $0.34 per share, which was actually a penny behind estimates.  

Now what: Management said demand for fracking sand will outstrip supply this year. That gave the company confidence to say that full-year EBITDA will be at the high end of the range of $180 million to $200 million. At 17.5 times next year's estimates, shares aren't cheap, but I think there's still room to run higher as demand picks up in U.S. Silica's end markets.

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Travis Hoium has been writing for since July 2010 and covers the solar industry, renewable energy, and gaming stocks among other things.

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