US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) was downgraded by stock analysts at BidaskClub from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a note issued to investors on Saturday.

ECOL has been the topic of several other research reports. Zacks Investment Research raised US Ecology from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $70.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Monday, June 25th. BMO Capital Markets increased their target price on US Ecology from $65.00 to $75.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a research report on Friday, September 7th. Stifel Nicolaus increased their target price on US Ecology from $64.00 to $70.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, August 6th. Canaccord Genuity reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $72.00 target price (up previously from $64.00) on shares of US Ecology in a research report on Friday, August 3rd. Finally, UBS Group increased their target price on US Ecology from $56.00 to $61.00 and gave the company a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, September 5th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating, three have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. US Ecology presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $70.80.

Shares of NASDAQ ECOL opened at $75.55 on Friday. The company has a current ratio of 2.45, a quick ratio of 2.45 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.81. The firm has a market cap of $1.63 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 35.85 and a beta of 0.60. US Ecology has a 12-month low of $44.50 and a 12-month high of $77.15.

US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, August 2nd. The business services provider reported $0.61 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.54 by $0.07. The business had revenue of $136.90 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $136.73 million. US Ecology had a return on equity of 14.12% and a net margin of 11.74%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 8.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.38 EPS. equities research analysts expect that US Ecology will post 2.24 EPS for the current year.

In other news, Director Joe F. Colvin sold 9,400 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $70.02, for a total transaction of $658,188.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 7,000 shares in the company, valued at approximately $490,140. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Director Daniel Fox sold 900 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, August 24th. The shares were sold at an average price of $72.15, for a total value of $64,935.00. Following the sale, the director now owns 5,140 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $370,851. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders have sold 57,944 shares of company stock valued at $4,128,574. Company insiders own 1.30% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of ECOL. BlackRock Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of US Ecology by 8.3% during the 2nd quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 2,997,106 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $190,914,000 after purchasing an additional 230,864 shares during the last quarter. Millennium Management LLC lifted its holdings in shares of US Ecology by 1,440.5% during the 1st quarter. Millennium Management LLC now owns 177,083 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $9,439,000 after purchasing an additional 165,588 shares during the last quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of US Ecology by 4,461.9% during the 2nd quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. now owns 40,190 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $2,560,000 after purchasing an additional 39,309 shares during the last quarter. Epoch Investment Partners Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of US Ecology by 5.3% during the 1st quarter. Epoch Investment Partners Inc. now owns 604,174 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $32,203,000 after purchasing an additional 30,296 shares during the last quarter. Finally, WCM Investment Management CA lifted its holdings in shares of US Ecology by 53.2% during the 1st quarter. WCM Investment Management CA now owns 72,204 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $3,848,000 after purchasing an additional 25,077 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 83.51% of the company’s stock.

US Ecology Company Profile

US Ecology, Inc, through its subsidiaries, provides environmental services to commercial and government entities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. It operates in two segments, Environmental Services; and Field & Industrial Services. The Environmental Services segment offers hazardous material management services, including transportation, recycling, treatment, and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste at its landfill, wastewater, and other treatment facilities.

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