US Ecology Inc (NASDAQ:ECOL) has been assigned an average rating of “Hold” from the six research firms that are currently covering the stock, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating on the company. The average twelve-month target price among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $52.80.

ECOL has been the topic of a number of research reports. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of US Ecology from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, October 2nd. Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $60.00 price objective on shares of US Ecology in a research note on Friday, October 6th. Canaccord Genuity reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $57.00 price objective (down from $60.00) on shares of US Ecology in a research note on Monday, October 30th. BMO Capital Markets lowered their price objective on shares of US Ecology from $54.00 to $47.00 and set a “market perform” rating on the stock in a research note on Monday, October 30th. Finally, BidaskClub cut shares of US Ecology from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th.

In other US Ecology news, CEO Jeffrey R. Feeler sold 3,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, December 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $50.56, for a total transaction of $151,680.00. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 54,925 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,777,008. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. 1.50% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan boosted its stake in shares of US Ecology by 59.0% during the 3rd quarter. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan now owns 8,190 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $441,000 after purchasing an additional 3,040 shares during the last quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC boosted its stake in shares of US Ecology by 7.5% during the 2nd quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 39,364 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $1,988,000 after purchasing an additional 2,743 shares during the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its stake 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. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA boosted its stake in shares of US Ecology by 68.3% during the 3rd quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 11,154 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $600,000 after purchasing an additional 4,527 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Legal & General Group Plc boosted its stake in shares of US Ecology by 9.2% during the 2nd quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 42,419 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $2,141,000 after purchasing an additional 3,558 shares during the last quarter. 87.79% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

US Ecology (ECOL) opened at $51.75 on Tuesday. The stock has a market cap of $1,130.69, a PE ratio of 43.13 and a beta of 0.71. US Ecology has a twelve month low of $44.50 and a twelve month high of $55.75. The company has a quick ratio of 2.00, a current ratio of 2.00 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.94.

US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 26th. The business services provider reported $0.37 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.60 by ($0.23). The business had revenue of $135.05 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $135.29 million. US Ecology had a net margin of 5.39% and a return on equity of 10.35%. US Ecology’s revenue was up 8.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $0.47 earnings per share. analysts forecast that US Ecology will post 1.61 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, January 26th. Investors of record on Friday, January 19th will be paid a $0.18 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, January 18th. This represents a $0.72 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.39%. US Ecology’s payout ratio is 60.00%.

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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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