US Ecology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECOL) – KeyCorp dropped their Q4 2017 earnings per share estimates for shares of US Ecology in a research report issued to clients and investors on Monday. KeyCorp analyst J. Box now forecasts that the business services provider will post earnings of $0.56 per share for the quarter, down from their prior estimate of $0.57. KeyCorp also issued estimates for US Ecology’s Q1 2018 earnings at $0.36 EPS, Q4 2018 earnings at $0.59 EPS and FY2018 earnings at $2.11 EPS.

Several other analysts also recently issued reports on ECOL. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $55.00 price target on shares of US Ecology in a research note on Wednesday, July 19th. BidaskClub downgraded US Ecology from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 1st. Canaccord Genuity reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $60.00 price target on shares of US Ecology in a research note on Wednesday, August 9th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded US Ecology from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, October 2nd. Finally, BMO Capital Markets decreased their price target on US Ecology from $54.00 to $47.00 and set a “market perform” rating for the company in a research note on Monday. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $51.25.

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US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The business services provider reported $0.37 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.60 by ($0.23). The company had revenue of $135.05 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $135.29 million. US Ecology had a net margin of 5.39% and a return on equity of 10.35%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 8.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.47 earnings per share.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. BlackRock Inc. lifted its position in shares of US Ecology by 133,529.0% during the 1st 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. Vanguard Group Inc. lifted its position in shares of US Ecology by 3.3% during the 2nd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 1,181,278 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $59,654,000 after purchasing an additional 37,488 shares during the last quarter. Aberdeen Asset Management PLC UK lifted its position in shares of US Ecology by 7.4% during the 2nd 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. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP lifted its position in shares of US Ecology by 0.5% during the 1st quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 832,442 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $38,999,000 after purchasing an additional 3,891 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Macquarie Group Ltd. lifted its position in shares of US Ecology by 31.3% during the 2nd quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. now owns 652,225 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $32,937,000 after purchasing an additional 155,498 shares during the last quarter. 85.60% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

In related news, Director Katina Dorton purchased 600 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, August 25th. The stock was bought at an average price of $47.16 per share, for a total transaction of $28,296.00. Following the purchase, the director now owns 3,970 shares in the company, valued at approximately $187,225.20. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, CFO Eric L. Gerratt sold 19,936 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, August 25th. The stock was sold at an average price of $46.80, for a total value of $933,004.80. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now 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.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, October 27th. Stockholders of record on Friday, October 20th were paid a dividend of $0.18 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, October 19th. This represents a $0.72 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.51%. US Ecology’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 60.00%.

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.

Earnings History and Estimates for US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL)

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