Yorktown Management & Research Co Inc continued to hold its position in shares of US Ecology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECOL) during the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 6,500 shares of the business services provider’s stock at the close of the 2nd quarter. Yorktown Management & Research Co Inc’s holdings in US Ecology were worth $328,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

A number of other institutional investors have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in ECOL. BlackRock Inc. increased its position in US Ecology by 133,529.0% during the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 2,595,075 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $121,579,000 after purchasing an additional 2,593,133 shares during the last quarter. GW&K Investment Management LLC increased its position in US Ecology by 23.8% during the second quarter. GW&K Investment Management LLC now owns 511,609 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $25,836,000 after purchasing an additional 98,202 shares during the last quarter. Nicholas Company Inc. increased its position in US Ecology by 351.7% during the second quarter. Nicholas Company Inc. now owns 102,740 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $5,188,000 after purchasing an additional 79,995 shares during the last quarter. Aberdeen Asset Management PLC UK increased its position in US Ecology by 7.4% during the second quarter. Aberdeen Asset Management PLC UK now owns 1,041,692 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $52,605,000 after purchasing an additional 71,411 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Vanguard Group Inc. increased its position in US Ecology by 5.6% during the first quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 1,143,790 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $53,586,000 after purchasing an additional 60,791 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 85.63% of the company’s stock.

Shares of US Ecology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECOL) traded up 1.70% during midday trading on Friday, hitting $50.80. 117,039 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $49.52 and its 200 day moving average price is $49.66. US Ecology, Inc. has a one year low of $38.00 and a one year high of $55.00. The firm has a market cap of $1.11 billion, a PE ratio of 39.72 and a beta of 0.69.

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 the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.38. US Ecology had a net margin of 5.86% and a return on equity of 11.37%. The company had revenue of $126.06 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $128.38 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.41 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 3.0% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts forecast that US Ecology, Inc. will post $1.77 EPS for the current year.

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ECOL has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. Canaccord Genuity restated a “buy” rating and set a $60.00 price objective on shares of US Ecology in a research report on Friday, September 8th. Stifel Nicolaus restated a “buy” rating and set a $60.00 price objective on shares of US Ecology in a research report on Sunday, July 30th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of US Ecology from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, June 30th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets assumed coverage on shares of US Ecology in a research report on Thursday, June 29th. They set a “market perform” rating and a $54.00 price target for the company. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $53.60.

In other US Ecology news, Director Katina Dorton bought 600 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, August 25th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $47.16 per share, with a total value of $28,296.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 3,970 shares in the company, valued at $187,225.20. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, 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 sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 31,447 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,471,719.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 1.30% of the company’s stock.

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.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL)

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