News stories about US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) have trended somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm ranks the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. US Ecology earned a coverage optimism score of 0.00 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the business services provider an impact score of 45.9899472483905 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) opened at $50.70 on Thursday. 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 has a one year low of $44.50 and a one year high of $55.75. The company has a market cap of $1,160.00, a PE ratio of 42.25 and a beta of 0.71.

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

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, January 26th. Investors of record on Friday, January 19th will be paid a $0.18 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, January 18th. This represents a $0.72 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.42%. US Ecology’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 60.00%.

Several brokerages have recently weighed in on ECOL. BidaskClub lowered shares of US Ecology from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday. Canaccord Genuity reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $57.00 price objective (down from $60.00) on shares of US Ecology in a research report on Monday, October 30th. BMO Capital Markets dropped their price objective on shares of US Ecology from $54.00 to $47.00 and set a “market perform” rating on the stock in a research report on Monday, October 30th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of US Ecology from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, October 2nd. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $60.00 price objective on shares of US Ecology in a research report on Friday, October 6th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $52.80.

In related news, CEO Jeffrey R. Feeler sold 3,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, December 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $50.56, for a total value of $151,680.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 54,925 shares in the company, valued at $2,777,008. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Corporate insiders own 1.50% of the company’s stock.

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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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