US Ecology Inc. (NASDAQ:ECOL) Director Katina Dorton acquired 1,330 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, September 12th. The shares were acquired at an average price of $44.33 per share, with a total value of $58,958.90. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 3,070 shares in the company, valued at approximately $136,093.10. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink.

Shares of US Ecology Inc. (NASDAQ:ECOL) opened at 43.32 on Tuesday. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $44.13 and its 200 day moving average price is $44.31. The firm has a market capitalization of $943.21 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.59 and a beta of 1.09. US Ecology Inc. has a one year low of $29.89 and a one year high of $49.39.

US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 28th. The company reported $0.41 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting the consensus estimate of $0.41. US Ecology had a return on equity of 12.67% and a net margin of 6.52%. The business had revenue of $122.30 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $122.16 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.40 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 12.5% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts expect that US Ecology Inc. will post $1.82 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of equities research analysts have commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research lowered US Ecology from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 26th. Barclays PLC lowered US Ecology from an “equal weight” rating to an “underweight” rating and decreased their price objective for the stock from $48.00 to $40.00 in a research report on Tuesday, August 9th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $46.30.

A number of large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in ECOL. PineBridge Investments L.P. increased its stake in US Ecology by 3.8% in the second quarter. PineBridge Investments L.P. now owns 2,761 shares of the company’s stock worth $127,000 after buying an additional 101 shares in the last quarter. Sheaff Brock Investment Advisors LLC increased its stake in US Ecology by 0.4% in the second quarter. Sheaff Brock Investment Advisors LLC now owns 30,197 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,388,000 after buying an additional 118 shares in the last quarter. Arizona State Retirement System increased its stake in US Ecology by 1.8% in the second quarter. Arizona State Retirement System now owns 11,346 shares of the company’s stock worth $521,000 after buying an additional 200 shares in the last quarter. US Bancorp DE increased its stake in US Ecology by 1.0% in the second quarter. US Bancorp DE now owns 24,469 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,124,000 after buying an additional 242 shares in the last quarter. Finally, BlackRock Advisors LLC increased its stake in US Ecology by 3.0% in the second quarter. BlackRock Advisors LLC now owns 10,455 shares of the company’s stock worth $480,000 after buying an additional 300 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 83.55% of the company’s stock.

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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