News headlines about US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) have been trending somewhat negative this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. US Ecology earned a media sentiment score of 0.00 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the business services provider an impact score of 46.5569211493281 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.
Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern’s rankings:
- Medical Waste Management Market Research Report by Technological Development, Applications and Forecast up to 2019 (medgadget.com)
- US Ecology, Inc. (ECOL) Given Average Rating of “Hold” by Analysts (americanbankingnews.com)
- $135.53 Million in Sales Expected for US Ecology, Inc. (ECOL) This Quarter (americanbankingnews.com)
- US Ecology’s (ECOL) “Buy” Rating Reaffirmed at Stifel Nicolaus (americanbankingnews.com)
- Medical Waste Management Market Trends, Key Developments and Forecast up to 2019 (mynewsdesk.com)
Several research firms have recently issued reports on ECOL. Canaccord Genuity reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $60.00 price target on shares of US Ecology in a research note on Friday, September 8th. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $60.00 price objective on shares of US Ecology in a research report on Friday, October 6th. BidaskClub upgraded US Ecology from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, June 30th. BMO Capital Markets initiated coverage on US Ecology in a research report on Thursday, June 29th. They set a “market perform” rating and a $54.00 price objective for the company. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut US Ecology from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, October 2nd. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $53.75.
US Ecology (ECOL) traded down 1.13% during trading on Wednesday, reaching $52.40. The company had a trading volume of 93,167 shares. US Ecology has a 12 month low of $38.00 and a 12 month high of $55.75. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $51.24 and a 200-day moving average of $50.24. The company has a market capitalization of $1.14 billion, a P/E ratio of 40.97 and a beta of 0.66.
US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) last issued 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. The business had revenue of $126.06 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $128.38 million. US Ecology had a return on equity of 11.37% and a net margin of 5.86%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.41 EPS. Equities research analysts expect that US Ecology will post $1.77 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, October 27th. Investors of record on Friday, October 20th will be paid a dividend of $0.18 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, October 19th. This represents a $0.72 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.37%. US Ecology’s payout ratio is 56.25%.
In other news, CFO Eric L. Gerratt sold 19,936 shares of US Ecology stock in a transaction on Friday, August 25th. The stock was sold at an average price of $46.80, for a total value of $933,004.80. Following the completion of 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 transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, Director Katina Dorton bought 600 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, August 25th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $47.16 per share, with a total value of $28,296.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now directly owns 3,970 shares in the company, valued at approximately $187,225.20. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. 1.30% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.
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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