US Ecology (ECOL) Earning Positive Press Coverage, AlphaOne Reports

Media headlines about US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) have been trending positive recently, according to AlphaOne. The research group, a subsidiary of Accern, identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. AlphaOne ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. US Ecology earned a news impact score of 0.39 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also assigned media coverage about the business services provider an impact score of 87 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is very likely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Alpha One Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

Several research firms recently commented on ECOL. Zacks Investment Research upgraded US Ecology from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $58.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Thursday, February 2nd. Barclays PLC reissued a “sell” rating and set a $41.00 target price on shares of US Ecology in a report on Friday, March 3rd. Finally, Canaccord Genuity began coverage on shares of US Ecology in a report on Tuesday, January 10th. They set a “buy” rating on the stock. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $48.88.

Shares of US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) traded down 0.32% during midday trading on Thursday, reaching $46.20. 83,607 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $47.22 and a 200-day moving average of $47.44. US Ecology has a one year low of $38.00 and a one year high of $54.00. The stock has a market cap of $1.01 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 29.43 and a beta of 0.95.

US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 16th. The business services provider reported $0.36 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.45 by $0.09. The firm had revenue of $117.20 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $119.67 million. US Ecology had a return on equity of 12.57% and a net margin of 6.87%. The company’s revenue was down 15.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.36 EPS. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that US Ecology will post $1.79 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, April 28th. Investors of record on Friday, April 21st will be paid a dividend of $0.18 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, April 19th. This represents a $0.72 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.56%. US Ecology’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 45.86%.

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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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