Media headlines about US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) have been trending somewhat positive on Saturday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group rates the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. US Ecology earned a media sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the business services provider an impact score of 44.4307795297411 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.
Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:
- Ecology and Environment’s (EEI) CEO Gerard Gallagher on Q2 2018 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (seekingalpha.com)
- US Ecology Inc (ECOL) Expected to Post Quarterly Sales of $114.50 Million (americanbankingnews.com)
- US Ecology Inc (ECOL) Given Consensus Recommendation of “Hold” by Brokerages (americanbankingnews.com)
- UBS Group Begins Coverage on US Ecology (ECOL) (americanbankingnews.com)
- Brokerages Expect US Ecology Inc (ECOL) Will Post Earnings of $0.30 Per Share (americanbankingnews.com)
US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) opened at $55.15 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.85, a quick ratio of 2.23 and a current ratio of 2.23. US Ecology has a 12 month low of $44.50 and a 12 month high of $59.70. The firm has a market cap of $1,157.21, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.51 and a beta of 0.69.
Several brokerages have issued reports on ECOL. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of US Ecology from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, January 1st. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $52.00 price objective on shares of US Ecology in a research note on Wednesday, January 24th. BidaskClub cut shares of US Ecology from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. UBS assumed coverage on shares of US Ecology in a research note on Wednesday. They set a “sell” rating and a $55.00 price target on the stock. Finally, Canaccord Genuity reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $64.00 price target on shares of US Ecology in a research note on Friday, February 16th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $58.80.
In related news, CEO Jeffrey R. Feeler sold 25,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, March 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $54.59, for a total value of $1,364,750.00. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 79,127 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $4,319,542.93. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, COO Simon G. Bell sold 4,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, March 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $55.70, for a total transaction of $222,800.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief operating officer now directly owns 35,115 shares in the company, valued at $1,955,905.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders have sold 35,742 shares of company stock worth $1,972,642. 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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