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Analysts at Stifel Nicolaus initiated coverage on shares of US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) in a research report issued to clients and investors on Thursday, TheFlyOnTheWall.com reports. The firm set a “buy” rating and a $52.00 price target on the stock. Stifel Nicolaus’ price target points to a potential upside of 17.62% from the company’s current price.

In other US Ecology news, Director Stephen A. Romano sold 10,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $44.94, for a total value of $449,400.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link.

US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) opened at 44.25 on Thursday. US Ecology has a 52-week low of $27.33 and a 52-week high of $51.60. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $47.13 and a 200-day moving average of $43.50. The company has a market cap of $956.3 million and a price-to-earnings ratio of 25.06.

US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, August 6th. The company reported $0.47 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the analysts’ consensus estimate of $0.41 by $0.06. The company had revenue of $66.00 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $57.77 million. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.44 earnings per share. US Ecology’s revenue was up 44.1% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts expect that US Ecology will post $1.85 EPS for the current fiscal year.

US Ecology, Inc (NASDAQ:ECOL) through its subsidiaries, provides radioactive, hazardous, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) and non-hazardous industrial waste management and recycling services to commercial and government entities, such as refineries and chemical production facilities, manufacturers, electric utilities, steel mills, medical and academic institutions and waste brokers/aggregators.

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