Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) has received a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the sixteen brokerages that are presently covering the company, Marketbeat reports. Eleven investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokers that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $198.08.

Several research analysts have recently commented on the company. Nomura boosted their price target on Ecolab from $208.00 to $210.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 7th. BMO Capital Markets boosted their price target on Ecolab from $180.00 to $208.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research report on Monday, August 5th. ValuEngine lowered Ecolab from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 2nd. Finally, Morgan Stanley boosted their price target on Ecolab from $140.00 to $205.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Monday, August 12th.

ECL opened at $185.16 on Tuesday. The firm has a market cap of $53.81 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 35.27, a PEG ratio of 2.56 and a beta of 0.80. The company has a current ratio of 1.24, a quick ratio of 0.84 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.69. Ecolab has a 12 month low of $135.77 and a 12 month high of $209.87. The stock has a fifty day moving average price of $190.05 and a 200-day moving average price of $194.93.

Ecolab (NYSE:ECL) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 29th. The basic materials company reported $1.71 EPS for the quarter, hitting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.71. The firm had revenue of $3.82 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.89 billion. Ecolab had a return on equity of 20.08% and a net margin of 10.27%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $1.53 EPS. On average, equities research analysts forecast that Ecolab will post 5.86 EPS for the current year.

In other Ecolab news, insider Catelan Leanne bought 50,000 shares of Ecolab stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, October 14th. The shares were bought at an average cost of $1.16 per share, with a total value of $58,000.00. Also, EVP Darrell R. Brown sold 12,678 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, September 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $198.09, for a total value of $2,511,385.02. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 21,061 shares in the company, valued at $4,171,973.49. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 1.52% of the company’s stock.

Large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. AE Wealth Management LLC purchased a new stake in Ecolab during the 2nd quarter valued at about $341,000. Eagle Capital Management LLC grew its stake in Ecolab by 0.3% during the 2nd quarter. Eagle Capital Management LLC now owns 22,571 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $4,456,000 after purchasing an additional 73 shares during the last quarter. Greenleaf Trust grew its stake in Ecolab by 2.6% during the 2nd quarter. Greenleaf Trust now owns 3,674 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $725,000 after purchasing an additional 92 shares during the last quarter. ST Germain D J Co. Inc. grew its stake in Ecolab by 7.7% during the 2nd quarter. ST Germain D J Co. Inc. now owns 1,277 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $252,000 after purchasing an additional 91 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Puzo Michael J purchased a new stake in Ecolab during the 2nd quarter valued at about $434,000. 75.12% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Ecolab Company Profile

Ecolab Inc provides water, hygiene, and energy technologies and services worldwide. The company operates through Global Industrial, Global Institutional, Global Energy, and Other segments. The Global Industrial segment offers water treatment and process applications, and cleaning and sanitizing solutions primarily to industrial customers within the manufacturing, food and beverage processing, transportation, chemical, primary metals and mining, power generation, pulp and paper, pharmaceutical, and commercial laundry.

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