Media headlines about US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) have been trending somewhat positive on Wednesday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group rates the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. US Ecology earned a news sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the business services provider an impact score of 45.8887867468792 out of 100, indicating that recent news 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 stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:
- US Ecology Inc (ECOL) Given Consensus Recommendation of “Hold” by Brokerages (americanbankingnews.com)
- UBS Group Begins Coverage on US Ecology (ECOL) (americanbankingnews.com)
- Brokerages Expect US Ecology Inc (ECOL) Will Post Earnings of $0.30 Per Share (americanbankingnews.com)
- US Ecology Inc (ECOL) COO Simon G. Bell Sells 4,000 Shares (americanbankingnews.com)
- Insider Selling: US Ecology Inc (ECOL) EVP Sells 3,742 Shares of Stock (americanbankingnews.com)
US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) traded up $0.50 during trading hours on Wednesday, hitting $56.00. The company had a trading volume of 68,005 shares, compared to its average volume of 101,928. US Ecology has a fifty-two week low of $44.50 and a fifty-two week high of $59.70. The firm has a market capitalization of $1,223.93, a PE ratio of 24.89 and a beta of 0.69. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.85, a quick ratio of 2.23 and a current ratio of 2.23.
Several research firms have weighed in on ECOL. Zacks Investment Research raised US Ecology from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, January 1st. BidaskClub downgraded US Ecology from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 10th. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “hold” rating and set a $52.00 price target on shares of US Ecology in a research report on Wednesday, January 24th. Canaccord Genuity restated a “buy” rating and set a $64.00 price objective on shares of US Ecology in a research note on Friday, February 16th. Finally, UBS Group started coverage on US Ecology in a research note on Wednesday. They set a “sell” rating on the stock. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. US Ecology presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $59.75.
In related news, CEO Jeffrey R. Feeler sold 25,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, March 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $54.59, for a total value of $1,364,750.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 79,127 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $4,319,542.93. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, Director Stephen A. Romano sold 3,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, February 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $58.95, for a total value of $176,850.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 25,395 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,497,035.25. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 35,742 shares of company stock valued at $1,972,642 over the last ninety days. Corporate insiders own 1.50% 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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