Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) Share Price

News headlines about US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern rates the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. US Ecology earned a coverage optimism score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the business services provider an impact score of 45.8887867468792 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Shares of US Ecology stock opened at $54.75 on Thursday. 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 has a 1-year low of $44.50 and a 1-year high of $59.70. The stock has a market cap of $1,206.43, a PE ratio of 24.33 and a beta of 0.69.

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 Zacks’ 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 firm had revenue of $133.70 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $132.09 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.36 earnings per share. US Ecology’s quarterly revenue was up 14.1% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts expect that US Ecology will post 2.21 EPS for the current fiscal year.

ECOL has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Canaccord Genuity reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $64.00 target price on shares of US Ecology in a research report on Friday, February 16th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded 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 report on Monday, January 8th. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $52.00 target price on shares of US Ecology in a research report on Wednesday, January 24th. UBS initiated coverage on shares of US Ecology in a research report on Wednesday, March 14th. They issued a “sell” rating and a $55.00 target price for the company. Finally, BidaskClub cut shares of US Ecology from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 10th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. US Ecology currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $58.80.

In related news, EVP Steven D. Welling sold 3,742 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, March 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $55.65, for a total value of $208,242.30. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now owns 26,732 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,487,635.80. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Director Stephen A. Romano sold 3,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, February 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $58.95, for a total transaction of $176,850.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 25,395 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,497,035.25. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 35,742 shares of company stock valued at $1,972,642 in the last three months. 1.50% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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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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