Ecolab (ECL) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Study Shows

Headlines about Ecolab (NYSE:ECL) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Ecolab earned a daily sentiment score of 0.25 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the basic materials company an impact score of 47.8180050254187 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:

Shares of Ecolab (ECL) opened at 131.05 on Friday. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $131.31 and a 200-day moving average price of $129.38. The firm has a market capitalization of $37.92 billion, a PE ratio of 29.96 and a beta of 0.99. Ecolab has a 12 month low of $110.65 and a 12 month high of $134.89.

Ecolab (NYSE:ECL) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, August 1st. The basic materials company reported $1.13 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.12 by $0.01. The business had revenue of $3.46 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.40 billion. Ecolab had a return on equity of 18.93% and a net margin of 9.66%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $1.08 earnings per share. Equities research analysts expect that Ecolab will post $4.74 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, October 16th. Investors of record on Tuesday, September 19th will be paid a $0.37 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, September 18th. This represents a $1.48 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.13%. Ecolab’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 33.79%.

Several research firms recently commented on ECL. Instinet reissued a “neutral” rating and set a $117.00 target price (down from $120.00) on shares of Ecolab in a research note on Tuesday, September 12th. Nomura reissued a “hold” rating and set a $117.00 target price (down from $120.00) on shares of Ecolab in a research note on Tuesday, September 12th. Royal Bank Of Canada boosted their target price on Ecolab from $134.00 to $137.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Tuesday, September 12th. Canaccord Genuity reissued a “buy” rating and set a $145.00 target price on shares of Ecolab in a research note on Monday, September 11th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Ecolab in a research note on Wednesday, September 6th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $133.93.

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In other news, major shareholder William H. Gates III purchased 75,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 3rd. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $132.57 per share, for a total transaction of $10,009,035.00. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, insider Thomas W. Handley sold 7,397 shares of Ecolab stock in a transaction dated Thursday, September 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $130.63, for a total value of $966,270.11. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 1.49% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Ecolab Company Profile

Ecolab Inc provides water, hygiene and energy technologies and services. The Company’s cleaning and sanitizing programs and products, pest elimination services and equipment maintenance and repair services support customers in the foodservice, food and beverage processing, hospitality, healthcare, government and education, retail, textile care and commercial facilities management sectors in over 170 countries.

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