Press coverage about US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. US Ecology earned a news impact score of 0.01 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the business services provider an impact score of 48.2640560759782 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.
These are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:
- US Ecology (ECOL) versus Its Peers Head-To-Head Contrast (americanbankingnews.com)
- Ausenco Expands Its Environmental Consulting Business Through Acquisition of Hemmera (newswire.com)
- “The Ecological Indian” and the History of Environmental Ideas (thedisorderofthings.com)
- Contrasting US Ecology (ECOL) & Its Rivals (americanbankingnews.com)
- US Ecology (ECOL) and Its Rivals Head to Head Analysis (americanbankingnews.com)
US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) traded up $1.90 during mid-day trading on Monday, hitting $46.75. 76,523 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 73,614. US Ecology has a 1 year low of $44.05 and a 1 year high of $55.75. The stock has a market capitalization of $1,010.00, a P/E ratio of 33.47, a PEG ratio of 5.57 and a beta of 0.70. 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 company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, October 27th. Shareholders of record on Friday, October 20th were given a dividend of $0.18 per share. This represents a $0.72 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.54%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, October 19th. US Ecology’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 60.00%.
ECOL has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $60.00 price target on shares of US Ecology in a research note on Sunday, July 30th. Canaccord Genuity restated a “buy” rating and set a $60.00 target price on shares of US Ecology in a research report on Friday, September 8th. BidaskClub lowered shares of US Ecology from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 22nd. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of US Ecology from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, October 2nd. Finally, BMO Capital Markets lowered their price target on shares of US Ecology from $54.00 to $47.00 and set a “market perform” rating on the stock in a report on Monday, October 30th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company. US Ecology presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $51.25.
In related news, Director Katina Dorton purchased 600 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, August 25th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $47.16 per share, for a total transaction of $28,296.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now owns 3,970 shares in the company, valued at approximately $187,225.20. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. 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 transaction of $933,004.80. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 31,447 shares in the company, valued at $1,471,719.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 1.50% of the company’s stock.
About US Ecology
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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