News stories about US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. US Ecology earned a daily sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the business services provider an impact score of 45.1715852733492 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

A number of equities research analysts have commented on ECOL shares. Canaccord Genuity restated a “buy” rating and issued a $60.00 target price on shares of US Ecology in a research report on Friday, September 8th. Stifel Nicolaus restated a “buy” rating and issued a $60.00 target price on shares of US Ecology in a research report on Sunday, July 30th. BidaskClub upgraded US Ecology from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, June 30th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets started coverage on US Ecology in a research report on Thursday, June 29th. They issued a “market perform” rating and a $54.00 target price on the stock. Two investment 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 has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $53.60.

US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) traded up 1.70% during midday trading on Friday, reaching $50.80. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 117,039 shares. The firm has a market cap of $1.11 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 39.72 and a beta of 0.69. US Ecology has a 1-year low of $38.00 and a 1-year high of $55.00. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $49.52 and a 200 day moving average price of $49.66.

US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 27th. The business services provider reported $0.38 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the consensus estimate of $0.38. US Ecology had a return on equity of 11.37% and a net margin of 5.86%. The business had revenue of $126.06 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $128.38 million. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.41 earnings per share. The business’s revenue was up 3.0% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts expect that US Ecology will post $1.77 EPS for the current year.

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

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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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