The Hype Behind U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. (SLCA), Ciena Corporation (CIEN)

U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:SLCA) shares were trading higher by 1.84 percent ($0.6) at $33.17 a piece in Thursday’s session. It had closed the previous session at $32.57. SLCA trades with a P/S ratio of 2.53. This is lower than the both industry’s 3.27 and the wider sector’s 3.08. A low price-to-sales ratio, typically less than 1.0, is considered a good value. Also, it has an estimated price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 10.31 and a trailing 12-month price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 41.31. Shares of SLCA have uptrended 21.9% in the past three months, while the S&P 500 has moved 11.04% in that time. U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. (SLCA) has a market cap of $2.69 billion and over the last 12 months, U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:SLCA) has gone weaker by -34.46%. During the last 52 weeks, the (NYSE:SLCA) price has been as high as $61.49 and as low as $24.26. U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. earnings have declined with an annualized rate of -25.4% over the last 5 years.

U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. (Mean Target Price: $42.16)

The average 1-year price target for U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. (SLCA) — averaging the work of different analysts — reveals a mean PT of $42.16/share. That’s a potential 27.1 increase relative to where U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:SLCA) has been trading recently. The current price is seen ranging between $32.6 and $34.04. There are brokerage firms with lower targets than the average, including one setting a price target of $26.5. And then on the other side of the spectrum one analyst entrenched in the bullish camp has a target as high as $63.

U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. (SLCA) Consensus Recommendation

The collective rating of 1.8 for U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:SLCA) also leans strongly towards the bullish end of the spectrum. Of the 19 analysts surveyed by Reuters that track SLCA 0 of them rate its stock a hold. The other 19, though not evenly; between analysts who think you should buy U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. versus those who think you should sell it. A 18 analysts rate it as either a buy or a strong buy, while1 believe that investors should either steer clear of SLCA or, if they already own its stock, sell it.

Is Ciena Corporation (NYSE:CIEN) Cheap From Peers?

Ciena Corporation (CIEN) pulled off a 1.83 percent gain and now trades for $21.75. CIEN comes in with a P/S ratio of 1.11 that’s greater than 1, potentially implying that it could be expensive relative to the overall sector (2.69) and its peers (1.5). Also, it has an estimated price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 11 and a trailing 12-month price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 23.59. During the last 52 weeks, the price has been as high as $27.98 and as low as $19.4. Ciena Corporation (NYSE:CIEN) earnings have risen with a quarterly rate of 8.3% over the last 5 years. Shares of CIEN have increased 0.65% in the past three monthswhile the S&P 500 has dropped -17.64% in that time.

Ciena Corporation (Price Objective: $28.6)

Ciena Corporation (NYSE:CIEN) has a market cap of $3.08 billion and over the last 12 months, CIEN has risen by 1.4%. The average 1-year price target for (CIEN) reveals an average price target of $28.6 per share. That’s a potential 31.49 gain from where (NYSE:CIEN) has been trading recently. There are brokerage firms with lower targets than the average, including one setting a price target of $22. And then on the other side of the spectrum one analyst entrenched in the bullish camp has a target as high as $36.

Analyst Thoughts About Ciena Corporation (NYSE:CIEN)

The consensus recommendation — averaging the work of 21 analysts — of 1.9 for Ciena Corporation (CIEN) points to bullish case. Of the analysts surveyed by Reuters that track Ciena Corporation 3 of them rate its stock a hold. The other 18 are split, though not evenly, between analysts who think you should buy its stock versus those who think you should sell it. A 18 analysts rate it as either a buy or a strong buy, while 0 believe that investors should either steer clear of (NYSE:CIEN) or, if they already own its stock, sell it.