Headlines about US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. US Ecology earned a news impact score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the business services provider an impact score of 46.5202063188263 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.
Here are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:
- How can fish help us understand PTSD? (concordia.ca)
- Gov. Brown pardons Berkeley Ecology Center employee at risk of deportation (berkeleyside.com)
- Diabetes, weight problems and even cancer! Terrifying new research into light pollution reveals why it’s time to see the LIGHT on the blight that harms us all (dailymail.co.uk)
- Ecology’s remote-sensing revolution (nature.com)
- US Ecology Inc (ECOL) to Issue Quarterly Dividend of $0.18 (americanbankingnews.com)
Several research analysts recently commented on ECOL shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of US Ecology from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, January 1st. BidaskClub downgraded shares of US Ecology from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 10th. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $52.00 target price on shares of US Ecology in a report on Wednesday, January 24th. Canaccord Genuity reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $64.00 target price on shares of US Ecology in a report on Friday, February 16th. Finally, UBS began coverage on shares of US Ecology in a research report on Wednesday, March 14th. They issued a “sell” rating and a $55.00 price target on the stock. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $58.80.
US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, February 15th. The business services provider reported $0.73 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.62 by $0.11. The company had revenue of $133.70 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $132.09 million. US Ecology had a net margin of 9.79% and a return on equity of 12.65%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 14.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.36 EPS. sell-side analysts expect that US Ecology will post 2.21 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, April 27th. Shareholders of record on Friday, April 20th will be given a $0.18 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, April 19th. This represents a $0.72 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.35%. US Ecology’s dividend payout ratio is 41.86%.
In other news, Director Stephen A. Romano sold 3,000 shares of US Ecology stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, February 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $58.95, for a total transaction of $176,850.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 25,395 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,497,035.25. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, EVP Steven D. Welling sold 3,742 shares of US Ecology stock in a transaction dated Friday, March 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $55.65, for a total transaction of $208,242.30. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 26,732 shares in the company, valued at $1,487,635.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 35,742 shares of company stock worth $1,972,642 over the last 90 days. Company 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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