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.

Investment analysts gave a few price targets for ECOL. The most optimistic price target was 60, which equates to a potential upside of 11.32 percent. The most pessimistic price target was 41, implying a possible loss of -23.93 percent. Note that investment analysts can be biased in their reporting on companies's ratings and price targets.

In the last 30 days, analysts have changed their quarterly earnings estimates upwards by an average 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. Over the past 30 days, FY earnings estimates have also changed downwards by -0.29 percent. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of -2.79 percent in FY estimates.

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. Over the same time period, 1 analysts revised their FY earnings estimates upwards, compared to 0 analysts that revised their FY estimates downwards.

ECOL has an estimated earnings growth rate of 19.99 percent as forecasted by analysts. 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, as that can indicate whether the high price level of a stock is warranted by high growth. Many investors consider PEG ratios between 0 and 1 as preferrable, but many choose to perform ratio comparisons with other companies in the industry. The PEG ratio of ECOL is 1.85.

ECOL has a 52-week high of 55.00 and a 52-week 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 stock has a market capitalization of $1.18 billion. ECOL's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.