US Ecology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECOL) Director Katina Dorton purchased 600 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, August 25th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $47.16 per share, with a total value of $28,296.00. Following the purchase, the director now directly owns 3,970 shares in the company, valued at approximately $187,225.20. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website.

Shares of US Ecology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECOL) traded up 1.18% on Friday, hitting $47.25. The stock had a trading volume of 38,084 shares. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $50.68 and its 200 day moving average price is $49.86. The firm has a market cap of $1.03 billion, a P/E ratio of 36.94 and a beta of 0.67. US Ecology, Inc. has a 12 month low of $38.00 and a 12 month high of $55.00.

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

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, July 28th. Investors of record on Friday, July 21st were paid a $0.18 dividend. This represents a $0.72 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.52%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, July 19th. US Ecology’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 56.25%.

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Hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Flinton Capital Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of US Ecology by 54.3% in the second quarter. Flinton Capital Management LLC now owns 1,988 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $100,000 after buying an additional 700 shares during the period. First Mercantile Trust Co. boosted its stake in shares of US Ecology by 2.0% in the second quarter. First Mercantile Trust Co. now owns 2,090 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $106,000 after buying an additional 40 shares during the period. State of Alaska Department of Revenue boosted its stake in shares of US Ecology by 2.1% in the first quarter. State of Alaska Department of Revenue now owns 2,410 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $112,000 after buying an additional 50 shares during the period. Vestor Capital LLC bought a new stake in shares of US Ecology during the second quarter valued at approximately $116,000. Finally, LS Investment Advisors LLC boosted its stake in shares of US Ecology by 210.9% in the first quarter. LS Investment Advisors LLC now owns 2,543 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $119,000 after buying an additional 1,725 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 84.79% of the company’s stock.

ECOL has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. BidaskClub lowered US Ecology from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, June 20th. Stifel Nicolaus upgraded US Ecology from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and increased their price target for the stock from $51.00 to $55.00 in a research note on Monday, May 1st. Zacks Investment Research lowered US Ecology from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 2nd. Canaccord Genuity reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of US Ecology in a research note on Friday, April 28th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets initiated coverage on US Ecology in a research note on Thursday, June 29th. They issued a “market perform” rating and a $54.00 price target for the company. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $53.60.

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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