Shares of US Ecology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECOL) have been assigned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the six brokerages that are currently covering the stock, Marketbeat reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $50.00.

A number of research firms recently commented on ECOL. Stifel Nicolaus restated a “buy” rating and issued a $55.00 price objective on shares of US Ecology in a research report on Wednesday, July 19th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of US Ecology from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, June 30th. BMO Capital Markets began coverage on shares of US Ecology in a research report on Thursday, June 29th. They issued a “market perform” rating and a $54.00 price objective for the company. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of US Ecology from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, May 2nd. Finally, Canaccord Genuity restated a “buy” rating on shares of US Ecology in a research report on Friday, April 28th.

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Institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Fenimore Asset Management Inc. raised its position in shares of US Ecology by 0.7% in the second quarter. Fenimore Asset Management Inc. now owns 405,677 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $20,487,000 after buying an additional 2,905 shares during the last quarter. State of Alaska Department of Revenue raised its position in shares of US Ecology by 78.6% in the second quarter. State of Alaska Department of Revenue now owns 4,305 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $217,000 after buying an additional 1,895 shares during the last quarter. GW&K Investment Management LLC raised its position in shares of US Ecology by 23.8% in the second quarter. GW&K Investment Management LLC now owns 511,609 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $25,836,000 after buying an additional 98,202 shares during the last quarter. Capital One National Association raised its position in shares of US Ecology by 4.0% in the second quarter. Capital One National Association now owns 26,557 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $1,341,000 after buying an additional 1,018 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Bares Capital Management Inc. raised its position in shares of US Ecology by 0.4% in the first quarter. Bares Capital Management Inc. now owns 838,838 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $39,300,000 after buying an additional 3,351 shares during the last quarter. 85.85% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Shares of US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) opened at 52.80 on Tuesday. US Ecology has a 12 month low of $38.00 and a 12 month high of $54.00. The firm has a market cap of $1.15 billion, a PE ratio of 36.16 and a beta of 0.68. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $51.29 and a 200 day moving average price of $50.02.

US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, April 27th. The business services provider reported $0.23 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.30 by $0.07. US Ecology had a net margin of 6.73% and a return on equity of 11.45%. The firm had revenue of $110.23 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $109.90 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.32 EPS. US Ecology’s quarterly revenue was down 2.7% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts expect that US Ecology will post $1.73 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, July 28th. Investors of record on Friday, July 21st will be paid a $0.18 dividend. This represents a $0.72 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.36%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, July 19th. US Ecology’s payout ratio is presently 49.32%.

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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