Ecolab (ECL) Earning Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Accern Reports

Media coverage about Ecolab (NYSE:ECL) has been trending somewhat positive on Monday, Accern reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Ecolab earned a news sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the basic materials company an impact score of 45.4629946496999 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

ECL opened at $138.87 on Monday. Ecolab has a 1-year low of $125.74 and a 1-year high of $150.46. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.83, a current ratio of 1.15 and a quick ratio of 0.77. The company has a market capitalization of $40.84 billion, a PE ratio of 29.61, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.08 and a beta of 0.98.

Ecolab (NYSE:ECL) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, May 1st. The basic materials company reported $0.91 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.89 by $0.02. The business had revenue of $3.47 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.38 billion. Ecolab had a return on equity of 19.01% and a net margin of 10.62%. Ecolab’s revenue was up 9.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.80 earnings per share. sell-side analysts predict that Ecolab will post 5.39 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, July 16th. Investors of record on Tuesday, June 19th will be paid a $0.41 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, June 18th. This represents a $1.64 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.18%. Ecolab’s payout ratio is 34.97%.

ECL has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. ValuEngine raised Ecolab from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 17th. Zacks Investment Research raised Ecolab from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $164.00 target price for the company in a research report on Wednesday, April 25th. Canaccord Genuity set a $155.00 target price on Ecolab and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 24th. Credit Suisse Group set a $137.00 target price on Ecolab and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, April 27th. Finally, Deutsche Bank upped their target price on Ecolab to $140.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, May 8th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $144.81.

Ecolab Company Profile

Ecolab Inc provides water, hygiene, and energy technologies and services for customers worldwide. The company operates through Global Industrial, Global Institutional, and Global Energy segments. The Global Industrial segment provides water treatment and process applications, and cleaning and sanitizing solutions primarily to large industrial customers within the manufacturing, food and beverage processing, chemical, mining and primary metals, power generation, pulp and paper, and commercial laundry industries.

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