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.

ECOL was given price targets by several analysts. The maximum price target given was 60, implying potential capital gains of 11.32 percent. The most pessimistic analyst gave a price target of 41, implying potential capital losses of -23.93 percent. It is crucial to not blindly accept any price targets or stock ratings, because many analysts have it in their best interest to give positive coverage of certain stocks.

Analysts have revised their earnings estimates upwards for this quarter, by about 1.39 percent on average, compared to last month. That number becomes -12.79 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. On the other hand, earnings estimates for the fiscal year have been revised downwards by -0.29 percent, as compared to a month ago. 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. 1 analysts made positive revisions to their quarterly estimates over the past month, which can be compared to the 0 analysts that decreased their estimates. During this time, 1 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, while 0 analysts made negative revisions to their fiscal year's estimates.

Analysts estimate earnings of ECOL to grow at a rate of 19.99 percent. It's possible to gain additional insight about growth valuation of a company by looking at the PEG ratio. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, because that is often interpreted as the company being fairly priced relative to its growth rate. Many investors consider PEG ratios between 0 and 1 as preferrable, although it is frequently more appropriate to compare PEG ratios to the company's peers. 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. Currently the stock is 41.84 percent higher than its low, and 2 percent lower than its 52-week 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 will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.