Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. boosted its position in shares of US Ecology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECOL) by 4.2% during the first quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 89,794 shares of the business services provider’s stock after buying an additional 3,624 shares during the period. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc.’s holdings in US Ecology were worth $4,207,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

A number of other large investors have also recently bought and sold shares of ECOL. BlackRock Inc. raised its position in shares of US Ecology by 133,529.0% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 2,595,075 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $121,579,000 after buying an additional 2,593,133 shares during the last quarter. Nicholas Company Inc. raised its position in shares of US Ecology by 213.1% in the first quarter. Nicholas Company Inc. now owns 22,745 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $1,065,000 after buying an additional 15,480 shares during the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its position in shares of US Ecology by 0.5% in the first quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 832,442 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $38,999,000 after buying an additional 3,891 shares during the last quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC raised its position in shares of US Ecology by 3.3% in the first quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 176,623 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $8,274,000 after buying an additional 5,651 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Vanguard Group Inc. raised its position in shares of US Ecology by 5.6% in the first quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 1,143,790 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $53,586,000 after buying an additional 60,791 shares during the last quarter. 84.79% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

US Ecology, Inc. (NASDAQ ECOL) traded up 0.366% during mid-day trading on Monday, hitting $48.025. 4,181 shares of the stock were exchanged. US Ecology, Inc. has a 52-week low of $38.00 and a 52-week high of $55.00. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $51.75 and a 200 day moving average price of $50.17. The firm has a market cap of $1.05 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 37.549 and a beta of 0.67.

US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The business services provider reported $0.38 EPS for the quarter, meeting the consensus estimate of $0.38. The firm had revenue of $126.06 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $128.38 million. US Ecology had a net margin of 5.86% and a return on equity of 11.37%. US Ecology’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.41 EPS. On average, analysts anticipate that US Ecology, Inc. will post $1.78 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, July 28th. Shareholders of record on Friday, July 21st were paid a $0.18 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, July 19th. This represents a $0.72 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.50%. US Ecology’s dividend payout ratio is currently 56.25%.

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A number of research analysts have issued reports on the stock. Canaccord Genuity restated a “buy” rating and set a $60.00 price target on shares of US Ecology in a research note on Wednesday, August 9th. BidaskClub lowered shares of US Ecology from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 1st. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $60.00 price objective on shares of US Ecology in a research note on Sunday, July 30th. BMO Capital Markets initiated coverage on shares of US Ecology in a research note on Thursday, June 29th. They issued a “market perform” rating and a $54.00 price objective on the stock. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of US Ecology from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 2nd. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company. US Ecology currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $53.60.

In other US Ecology news, Director Stephen A. Romano sold 3,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $52.05, for a total value of $156,150.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 28,395 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,477,959.75. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Insiders own 1.30% of the company’s stock.

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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