Media coverage about US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) has trended somewhat positive on Tuesday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog 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 daily sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the business services provider an impact score of 46.0101442111277 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.
These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern’s scoring:
- O, Can-a-garbage: Canadian trash again filling Michigan landfills (wzzm13.com)
- US Ecology, Inc. 2017 Q4 – Results – Earnings Call Slides (seekingalpha.com)
- US Ecology (ECOL) Given Hold Rating at BMO Capital Markets (americanbankingnews.com)
- US Ecology’s (ECOL) Buy Rating Reiterated at Canaccord Genuity (americanbankingnews.com)
- US Ecology's Earnings Get a Boost From a Strong Industrial Sector (finance.yahoo.com)
ECOL has been the subject of a number of research reports. 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 note on Monday, January 8th. BMO Capital Markets cut their target price on shares of US Ecology from $54.00 to $47.00 and set a “market perform” rating for the company in a research note on Monday, October 30th. Canaccord Genuity restated a “buy” rating and set a $64.00 target price on shares of US Ecology in a research note on Friday. 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 assigned a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $56.00.
US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, February 15th. The business services provider reported $0.73 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.62 by $0.11. The company had revenue of $133.70 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $132.09 million. US Ecology had a net margin of 9.79% and a return on equity of 12.65%. US Ecology’s quarterly revenue was up 14.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.36 EPS. research analysts forecast that US Ecology will post 2.25 earnings per share for the current year.
The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, January 26th. Stockholders of record on Friday, January 19th were paid a dividend of $0.18 per share. This represents a $0.72 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.27%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, January 18th. US Ecology’s dividend payout ratio is presently 32.00%.
In other US Ecology news, CEO Jeffrey R. Feeler sold 3,000 shares of US Ecology stock in a transaction dated Thursday, December 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $50.56, for a total value of $151,680.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 54,925 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,777,008. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Company insiders own 1.50% of the company’s stock.
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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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