Media stories about US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. US Ecology earned a news sentiment score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the business services provider an impact score of 45.7415168295629 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

A number of equities research analysts have commented on ECOL shares. BidaskClub cut shares of US Ecology from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, June 20th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of US Ecology from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 2nd. Stifel Nicolaus restated a “buy” rating and issued a $60.00 price target on shares of US Ecology in a report on Sunday, July 30th. BMO Capital Markets started coverage on shares of US Ecology in a report on Thursday, June 29th. They issued a “market perform” rating and a $54.00 price target for the company. Finally, Canaccord Genuity restated a “buy” rating and issued a $60.00 price target on shares of US Ecology in a report on Wednesday, August 9th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $53.60.

Shares of US Ecology (NASDAQ ECOL) traded up 2.43% on Wednesday, hitting $50.50. 75,409 shares of the stock were exchanged. US Ecology has a 12 month low of $38.00 and a 12 month high of $55.00. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $50.68 and a 200 day moving average price of $49.86. The company has a market cap of $1.10 billion, a PE ratio of 39.48 and a beta of 0.67.

US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The business services provider reported $0.38 EPS for the quarter, hitting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.38. The business 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%. The firm’s revenue was up 3.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $0.41 earnings per share. Equities analysts forecast that US Ecology will post $1.78 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other news, Director Stephen A. Romano sold 3,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $52.05, for a total transaction of $156,150.00. Following the sale, the director now owns 28,395 shares in the company, valued at $1,477,959.75. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, CFO Eric L. Gerratt sold 19,936 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, August 25th. The stock was sold at an average price of $46.80, for a total value of $933,004.80. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 31,447 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,471,719.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 1.30% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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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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