US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) issued an update on its FY18 earnings guidance on Wednesday morning. The company provided EPS guidance of $2.28-2.44 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus EPS estimate of $2.35.

NASDAQ:ECOL traded down $1.13 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $63.87. The stock had a trading volume of 57,726 shares, compared to its average volume of 80,943. US Ecology has a 12-month low of $44.90 and a 12-month high of $77.15. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.78, a current ratio of 2.23 and a quick ratio of 2.23. The firm has a market cap of $1.43 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 37.13 and a beta of 0.48.

US Ecology (NASDAQ:ECOL) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, November 1st. The business services provider reported $0.70 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.62 by $0.08. The company had revenue of $151.42 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $144.11 million. US Ecology had a net margin of 12.30% and a return on equity of 15.68%. The business’s revenue was up 13.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.37 EPS. As a group, analysts expect that US Ecology will post 2.34 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

ECOL has been the subject of several research reports. BMO Capital Markets cut their price target on US Ecology from $76.00 to $74.00 and set a market perform rating for the company in a research note on Tuesday, November 6th. BidaskClub downgraded US Ecology from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Friday. Zacks Investment Research downgraded US Ecology from a strong-buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 31st. Finally, UBS Group lifted their price target on US Ecology from $56.00 to $61.00 and gave the stock a sell rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 5th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating, two have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $70.60.

In other news, COO Simon G. Bell sold 3,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, September 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $75.95, for a total transaction of $227,850.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief operating officer now owns 31,197 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,369,412.15. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, Director Stephen A. Romano sold 12,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, November 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $70.62, for a total transaction of $847,440.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 12,695 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $896,520.90. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 17,000 shares of company stock valued at $1,225,390 in the last three months. 1.30% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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About US Ecology

US Ecology, Inc, through its subsidiaries, provides environmental services to commercial and government entities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. It operates in two segments, Environmental Services; and Field & Industrial Services. The Environmental Services segment offers hazardous material management services, including transportation, recycling, treatment, and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste at its landfill, wastewater, and other treatment facilities.

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