US Ecology Inc (ECOL) Given Average Rating of “Hold” by Analysts

Shares of US Ecology Inc (NASDAQ:ECOL) have earned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the six ratings firms that are presently covering the company, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 12-month target price among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $58.80.

ECOL has been the topic of several research analyst reports. Canaccord Genuity restated a “buy” rating and set a $64.00 price objective on shares of US Ecology in a research note on Friday, February 16th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded US Ecology from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $59.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Monday, January 8th. BMO Capital Markets restated a “hold” rating and set a $52.00 price objective on shares of US Ecology in a research note on Wednesday, January 24th. UBS initiated coverage on US Ecology in a research note on Wednesday, March 14th. They set a “sell” rating and a $55.00 price objective on the stock. Finally, BidaskClub cut US Ecology from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th.

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US Ecology stock opened at $54.05 on Friday. The company has a market cap of $1,182.34, a PE ratio of 31.42 and a beta of 0.66. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.85, a current ratio of 2.23 and a quick ratio of 2.23. US Ecology has a 52 week low of $44.50 and a 52 week high of $59.70.

US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 15th. The business services provider reported $0.73 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.62 by $0.11. US Ecology had a return on equity of 12.65% and a net margin of 9.79%. The firm had revenue of $133.70 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $132.09 million. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.36 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 14.1% on a year-over-year basis. analysts forecast that US Ecology will post 2.21 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, April 27th. Investors of record on Friday, April 20th will be paid a dividend of $0.18 per share. This represents a $0.72 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.33%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, April 19th. US Ecology’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 41.86%.

In other US Ecology news, CEO Jeffrey R. Feeler sold 25,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, March 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $54.59, for a total value of $1,364,750.00. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 79,127 shares in the company, valued at $4,319,542.93. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, Director Stephen A. Romano sold 3,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, February 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $58.95, for a total value of $176,850.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 25,395 shares in the company, valued at $1,497,035.25. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 35,742 shares of company stock worth $1,972,642 over the last 90 days. 1.30% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

A number of hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the business. US Bancorp DE lifted its stake in US Ecology by 25.9% in the fourth quarter. US Bancorp DE now owns 5,028 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $256,000 after buying an additional 1,033 shares during the last quarter. Rhumbline Advisers lifted its stake in US Ecology by 2.4% in the third quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 45,239 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $2,434,000 after buying an additional 1,055 shares during the last quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System lifted its stake in US Ecology by 1.3% in the fourth quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 93,889 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $4,788,000 after buying an additional 1,199 shares during the last quarter. Elkfork Partners LLC bought a new stake in US Ecology in the fourth quarter valued at $119,000. Finally, Swiss National Bank lifted its stake in US Ecology by 7.0% in the fourth quarter. Swiss National Bank now owns 38,300 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $1,953,000 after buying an additional 2,500 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 86.32% of the company’s stock.

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About US Ecology

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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