US Ecology Inc. (NASDAQ:ECOL) gapped up prior to trading on Tuesday . The stock had previously closed at $44.68, but opened at $44.75. US Ecology shares last traded at $45.32, with a volume of 15,713 shares changing hands.

A number of equities research analysts have commented on ECOL shares. Zacks Investment Research raised US Ecology from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $49.00 target price for the company in a report on Tuesday, May 3rd. Barclays PLC started coverage on US Ecology in a report on Wednesday, May 18th. They issued an “equal weight” rating and a $48.00 target price for the company. Stifel Nicolaus raised their target price on US Ecology from $47.00 to $50.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, May 2nd. Finally, Imperial Capital downgraded US Ecology from an “outperform” rating to an “in-line” rating and raised their target price for the company from $44.00 to $48.50 in a report on Tuesday, May 3rd. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $46.30.

The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $45.59 and its 200 day moving average price is $43.58. The stock has a market capitalization of $987.41 million and a price-to-earnings ratio of 28.89.

US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 28th. The company reported $0.41 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the consensus estimate of $0.41. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.40 EPS. The company had revenue of $122.30 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $122.16 million. The business’s revenue was down 12.5% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts forecast that US Ecology Inc. will post $1.82 EPS for the current year.

An institutional investor recently raised its position in US Ecology stock. Rhumbline Advisers raised its stake in shares of US Ecology Inc. (NASDAQ:ECOL) by 7.0% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 28,289 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 1,855 shares during the period. Rhumbline Advisers owned approximately 0.13% of US Ecology worth $1,031,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

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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