BMO Capital Markets restated their hold rating on shares of US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) in a report released on Wednesday. They currently have a $52.00 target price on the business services provider’s stock.

Other equities analysts also recently issued research reports about the company. Canaccord Genuity reissued a buy rating and set a $57.00 price target (down previously from $60.00) on shares of US Ecology in a research report on Monday, October 30th. Stifel Nicolaus reissued a buy rating and set a $60.00 price target on shares of US Ecology in a research report on Friday, October 6th. Zacks Investment Research raised US Ecology from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $59.00 price target for the company in a research report on Monday, January 8th. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded 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 company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $53.80.

US Ecology (ECOL) opened at $52.15 on Wednesday. The stock has a market capitalization of $1,165.65, a price-to-earnings ratio of 43.46 and a beta of 0.71. US Ecology has a 1-year low of $44.50 and a 1-year high of $55.75. The company has a current ratio of 2.00, a quick ratio of 2.00 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.94.

US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 26th. The business services provider reported $0.37 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.60 by ($0.23). The firm had revenue of $135.05 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $135.29 million. US Ecology had a return on equity of 10.35% and a net margin of 5.39%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 8.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.47 earnings per share. analysts predict that US Ecology will post 1.61 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, January 26th. Shareholders of record on Friday, January 19th will be given a dividend of $0.18 per share. This represents a $0.72 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.38%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, January 18th. US Ecology’s payout ratio is 60.00%.

In other US Ecology news, CEO Jeffrey R. Feeler sold 3,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, December 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.56, for a total transaction of $151,680.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 54,925 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,777,008. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Company insiders own 1.30% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Mondrian Investment Partners LTD increased its position in US Ecology by 18.6% during the fourth quarter. Mondrian Investment Partners LTD now owns 92,719 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $4,729,000 after buying an additional 14,561 shares in the last quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. grew its position in shares of US Ecology by 7.2% in the fourth quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 102,183 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $5,212,000 after purchasing an additional 6,833 shares during the period. California Public Employees Retirement System grew its position in shares of US Ecology by 1.7% in the third quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 92,690 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $4,987,000 after purchasing an additional 1,590 shares during the period. Wells Fargo & Company MN grew its position in shares of US Ecology by 28.2% in the third quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 58,500 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $3,148,000 after purchasing an additional 12,879 shares during the period. Finally, Citadel Advisors LLC grew its position in shares of US Ecology by 144.3% in the third quarter. Citadel Advisors LLC now owns 18,481 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $994,000 after purchasing an additional 10,916 shares during the period. 87.59% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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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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