US Ecology (ECOL) Earning Somewhat Positive Media Coverage, Analysis Finds

News headlines about US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. US Ecology earned a coverage optimism score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the business services provider an impact score of 45.461079376375 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern’s scoring:

Shares of US Ecology (NASDAQ ECOL) opened at $50.45 on Thursday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.94, a current ratio of 2.00 and a quick ratio of 2.00. The firm has a market capitalization of $1,079.35, a P/E ratio of 42.04 and a beta of 0.72. US Ecology has a 52 week low of $44.50 and a 52 week high of $55.75.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, January 26th. Investors of record on Friday, January 19th were paid a $0.18 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, January 18th. This represents a $0.72 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.43%. US Ecology’s payout ratio is currently 60.00%.

Several brokerages have recently issued reports on ECOL. BidaskClub lowered US Ecology from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 10th. Canaccord Genuity reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $57.00 target price (down previously from $60.00) on shares of US Ecology in a research report on Monday, October 30th. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $52.00 target price on shares of US Ecology in a research report on Wednesday, January 24th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised US Ecology from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, January 1st. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $53.80.

In related news, CEO Jeffrey R. Feeler sold 3,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, December 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.56, for a total value of $151,680.00. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 54,925 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,777,008. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Corporate insiders own 1.30% of the company’s stock.

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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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