US Ecology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECOL) CEO Jeffrey R. Feeler sold 3,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred 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 in the company, valued at approximately $2,777,008. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink.

US Ecology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECOL) traded up $0.50 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $50.90. The company had a trading volume of 25,153 shares, compared to its average volume of 73,939. US Ecology, Inc. has a 52 week low of $44.50 and a 52 week high of $55.75. The company has a market cap of $1,102.29, a P/E ratio of 37.65 and a beta of 0.71. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.94, a current ratio of 2.00 and a quick ratio of 2.00.

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

Several brokerages have commented on ECOL. BMO Capital Markets lowered their price objective on US Ecology from $54.00 to $47.00 and set a “market perform” rating for the company in a research report on Monday, October 30th. Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “buy” rating and set a $60.00 price objective on shares of US Ecology in a research report on Friday, October 6th. Canaccord Genuity reissued a “buy” rating and set a $60.00 price objective on shares of US Ecology in a research report on Friday, September 8th. BidaskClub lowered US Ecology from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 22nd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered US Ecology from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, October 2nd. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $51.25.

Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Teachers Advisors LLC lifted its holdings in US Ecology by 4.3% in the 1st quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 36,621 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $1,716,000 after purchasing an additional 1,521 shares in the last quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. lifted its holdings in US Ecology by 4.2% in the 1st quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 89,794 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $4,207,000 after purchasing an additional 3,624 shares in the last quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can lifted its holdings in US Ecology by 3.7% in the 2nd quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can now owns 30,540 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $1,539,000 after purchasing an additional 1,100 shares in the last quarter. Texas Permanent School Fund lifted its holdings in US Ecology by 0.9% in the 2nd quarter. Texas Permanent School Fund now owns 15,933 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $805,000 after purchasing an additional 149 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Stratos Wealth Partners LTD. purchased a new position in US Ecology in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $205,000. 92.59% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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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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