Trade Report: The US Ecology Inc. (ECOL) To Go Ex-Dividend on October 19th

The US Ecology Inc. (ECOL) To Go Ex-Dividend on October 19th

US Ecology Inc. (NASDAQ:ECOL) declared a quarterly dividend on Monday, October 3rd. Shareholders of record on Friday, October 21st will be paid a dividend of 0.18 per share on Friday, October 28th. This represents a $0.72 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.70%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, October 19th.

US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) opened at 42.40 on Tuesday. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $43.87 and its 200-day moving average is $44.61. The firm has a market capitalization of $923.18 million, a PE ratio of 27.01 and a beta of 0.97. US Ecology has a 12 month low of $29.89 and a 12 month high of $49.39.

US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 28th. The company reported $0.41 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.41. The firm had revenue of $122.30 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $122.16 million. US Ecology had a return on equity of 12.67% and a net margin of 6.52%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 12.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $0.40 EPS. On average, equities research analysts expect that US Ecology will post $1.82 EPS for the current year.

A number of equities analysts have recently weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research downgraded US Ecology from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 26th. Barclays PLC downgraded US Ecology from an “equal weight” rating to an “underweight” rating and dropped their target price for the company from $48.00 to $40.00 in a report on Tuesday, August 9th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $46.30.

In other news, Director Katina Dorton purchased 1,330 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, September 12th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $44.33 per share, with a total value of $58,958.90. Following the purchase, the director now owns 3,070 shares in the company, valued at approximately $136,093.10. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. 1.30% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

Several large investors have recently made changes to their positions in ECOL. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its stake in shares of US Ecology by 4.5% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 1,015,104 shares of the company’s stock valued at $46,643,000 after buying an additional 43,999 shares during the last quarter. BlackRock Fund Advisors boosted its stake in shares of US Ecology by 2.7% in the second quarter. BlackRock Fund Advisors now owns 1,370,205 shares of the company’s stock valued at $62,961,000 after buying an additional 35,519 shares during the last quarter. Atlanta Capital Management Co. L L C boosted its stake in shares of US Ecology by 4.8% in the second quarter. Atlanta Capital Management Co. L L C now owns 333,915 shares of the company’s stock valued at $15,343,000 after buying an additional 15,180 shares during the last quarter. Fiera Capital Corp purchased a new stake in shares of US Ecology during the second quarter valued at approximately $689,000. Finally, FMR LLC boosted its stake in shares of US Ecology by 1.3% in the second quarter. FMR LLC now owns 729,092 shares of the company’s stock valued at $33,502,000 after buying an additional 9,700 shares during the last quarter. 83.53% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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