US Ecology (ECOL) Receives Media Sentiment Rating of 0.14

News headlines about US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) have trended somewhat positive on Sunday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. US Ecology earned a news sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the business services provider an impact score of 44.5803016779945 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

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A number of equities analysts have commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of US Ecology from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, January 1st. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $52.00 price objective on shares of US Ecology in a research report on Wednesday, January 24th. BidaskClub cut shares of US Ecology from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 10th. UBS assumed coverage on shares of US Ecology in a research report on Wednesday, March 14th. They set a “sell” rating and a $55.00 price objective for the company. Finally, Canaccord Genuity reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $64.00 price objective on shares of US Ecology in a research report on Friday, February 16th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $58.80.

ECOL stock opened at $53.30 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.85, a current ratio of 2.23 and a quick ratio of 2.23. US Ecology has a one year low of $44.50 and a one year high of $59.70. The firm has a market cap of $1,165.94, a price-to-earnings ratio of 30.99 and a beta of 0.69.

US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 15th. The business services provider reported $0.73 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.62 by $0.11. US Ecology had a net margin of 9.79% and a return on equity of 12.65%. The firm had revenue of $133.70 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $132.09 million. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $0.36 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 14.1% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts anticipate that US Ecology will post 2.21 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other news, CEO Jeffrey R. Feeler sold 25,000 shares of US Ecology stock in a transaction on Thursday, March 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $54.59, for a total transaction of $1,364,750.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 79,127 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $4,319,542.93. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, EVP Steven D. Welling sold 3,742 shares of US Ecology stock in a transaction on Friday, March 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $55.65, for a total value of $208,242.30. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 26,732 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,487,635.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 35,742 shares of company stock valued at $1,972,642 in the last three months. 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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