Analyst Ratings for US Ecology Inc. (ECOL)

Updated: 2017-07-27

An average rating of Hold has been given to US Ecology Inc. (NASDAQ:ECOL) by analysts covering the stock. Last month, ECOL received an average rating of Overweight.

A buy rating was issued by 3 analysts, 0 gave an overweight rating, 5 issued a hold rating, 0 gave an underweight rating, and 1 issued a sell rating. Over the past 90 days, the number of analysts that are bullish on the stock has increased by 1. Over the same time period, there has been an increase of 0 in the number of analysts with a negative outlook on the stock.

A number of analysts gave price targets for ECOL. The highest price target was 60, implying a possible profit of 11.32 percent. The most pessimistic analyst gave a price target of 41, implying a possible loss of -23.93 percent. Many analysts are not unbiased in their coverage of stocks, including price targets and stock ratings, so care must be taken in interpreting numbers released by them.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change of 1.39 percent. That number becomes -12.79 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. Meanwhile, fiscal year estimates have been revised downwards by -0.29 percent, compared to last month. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes -2.79 percent.

Investors like to see analysts making revisions in the same direction, as that raises confidence in the revisions. Over the past month, 1 analysts increased their quarterly estimates, while 0 analysts made negative revisions. Also over the last month, 1 analysts increased their estimates for the FY earnings, while 0 analysts decreased their estimates.

The growth rate of ECOL's earnings is estimated by analysts to be 19.99 percent. People on Wall Street often look at a company's PEG ratio. Investors like to see smaller values for the PEG ratio, because people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. People often look for the PEG ratio to be under 1, though it could be better to see where the ratio stands relative to peers in the industry. ECOL has a PEG ratio of 1.85.

In the last 52-weeks, ECOL has achieved a high of 55.00 and a low of 38.00. Today's price is 41.84 percent above the 52-week low, and 2 percent below the high. ECOL has a price/earnings ratio of 36.92. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The ECOL value stock report compares ECOL to some of its peers using value stock charts. The market cap of ECOL is $1.18 billion. ECOL's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.