Headlines about US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm scores the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. US Ecology earned a news impact score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the business services provider an impact score of 45.9802439276557 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:

A number of brokerages have weighed in on ECOL. Canaccord Genuity restated a “buy” rating and set a $60.00 price objective on shares of US Ecology in a research note on Wednesday. Stifel Nicolaus upgraded US Ecology from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and raised their price objective for the company from $51.00 to $55.00 in a research note on Monday, May 1st. BidaskClub upgraded US Ecology from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, June 13th. BMO Capital Markets began coverage on US Ecology in a research note on Thursday, June 29th. They set a “market perform” rating and a $54.00 price objective for the company. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded US Ecology from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $53.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Tuesday, April 25th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $53.60.

US Ecology (ECOL) opened at 47.85 on Friday. US Ecology has a 12 month low of $38.00 and a 12 month high of $55.00. The stock 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 $1.04 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 37.41 and a beta of 0.67.

US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The business services provider reported $0.38 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting the consensus estimate of $0.38. US Ecology had a return on equity of 11.37% and a net margin of 5.86%. The firm had revenue of $126.06 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $128.38 million. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $0.41 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 3.0% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts expect that US Ecology will post $1.78 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, July 28th. Investors of record on Friday, July 21st were paid a dividend of $0.18 per share. 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 56.25%.

In related 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 transaction, the director now directly owns 28,395 shares in the company, valued at $1,477,959.75. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Insiders own 1.30% 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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