Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) Share Price

News stories about US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. US Ecology earned a media sentiment score of 0.01 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the business services provider an impact score of 45.9470485982794 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

Shares of US Ecology (ECOL) traded down 0.65% during trading on Thursday, reaching $53.15. 76,687 shares of the company were exchanged. US Ecology has a one year low of $38.00 and a one year high of $55.75. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $52.50 and its 200 day moving average price is $50.77. The company has a market capitalization of $1.16 billion, a PE ratio of 41.56 and a beta of 0.66.

US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 27th. The business services provider reported $0.38 EPS for the quarter, meeting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.38. The company had revenue of $126.06 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $128.38 million. US Ecology had a return on equity of 11.37% and a net margin of 5.86%. US Ecology’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.41 earnings per share. Equities research analysts forecast that US Ecology will post $1.78 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, October 27th. Shareholders of record on Friday, October 20th will be given a $0.18 dividend. This represents a $0.72 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.35%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, October 19th. US Ecology’s payout ratio is 56.25%.

Several research analysts have recently issued reports on ECOL shares. BMO Capital Markets began coverage on shares of US Ecology in a research note on Thursday, June 29th. They set a “market perform” rating and a $54.00 price objective on the stock. BidaskClub raised shares of US Ecology from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, June 30th. Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “buy” rating and set a $55.00 price objective on shares of US Ecology in a research note on Wednesday, July 19th. Canaccord Genuity reissued a “buy” rating and set a $60.00 price objective on shares of US Ecology in a research note on Wednesday, August 9th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of US Ecology from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, October 2nd. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $53.75.

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In related news, CFO Eric L. Gerratt sold 19,936 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, August 25th. The stock was sold at an average price of $46.80, for a total transaction of $933,004.80. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 31,447 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,471,719.60. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, Director Katina Dorton purchased 600 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, August 25th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $47.16 per share, with a total value of $28,296.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now owns 3,970 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $187,225.20. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Corporate insiders own 1.30% of the company’s stock.

US Ecology Company Profile

US Ecology, Inc is a provider of environmental services to commercial and government entities. The Company offers treatment, disposal and recycling of hazardous, non-hazardous and radioactive waste, as well as a range of field and industrial services. The Company operates in two business segments: Environmental Services, and Field & Industrial Services.

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