US Ecology (ECOL) Earning Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Report Finds

News headlines about US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. US Ecology earned a media sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the business services provider an impact score of 45.6892156673924 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:

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Several analysts have commented on the stock. BMO Capital Markets lifted their target price on shares of US Ecology from $52.00 to $56.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research note on Friday, February 16th. Canaccord Genuity reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $64.00 target price on shares of US Ecology in a research note on Friday, February 16th. UBS assumed coverage on shares of US Ecology in a research note on Wednesday, March 14th. They issued a “sell” rating and a $55.00 target price for the company. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of US Ecology from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $59.00 target price for the company in a research note on Monday, January 8th. Finally, BidaskClub cut shares of US Ecology from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $58.80.

Shares of NASDAQ ECOL opened at $54.40 on Friday. US Ecology has a 52-week low of $44.50 and a 52-week high of $59.70. The firm has a market cap of $1,180.18, a PE ratio of 31.63 and a beta of 0.66. 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 (NASDAQ:ECOL) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 15th. The business services provider reported $0.73 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ 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 company 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 company earned $0.36 EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 14.1% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts expect that US Ecology will post 2.21 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, April 27th. Stockholders of record on Friday, April 20th will be paid a dividend of $0.18 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, April 19th. This represents a $0.72 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.32%. US Ecology’s dividend payout ratio is presently 41.86%.

In other news, Director Stephen A. Romano sold 3,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, February 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $58.95, for a total transaction of $176,850.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 25,395 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,497,035.25. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, CEO Jeffrey R. Feeler sold 25,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, March 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $54.59, for a total transaction of $1,364,750.00. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 79,127 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $4,319,542.93. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 35,742 shares of company stock valued at $1,972,642 over the last three months. Corporate insiders own 1.30% of the company’s stock.

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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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