Analyst Ratings for Ecolab Inc. (ECL)

Updated: 2017-07-26

An average rating of Overweight has been given to Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) by analysts covering the stock. ECL had previously received a consensus rating of Overweight a month ago.

11 analysts declared ECL a buy, 0 issued an overweight rating, 10 gave a hold rating, 0 issued an underweight rating, and 1 issued a sell rating. Today, there are 0 more analysts optimistic about the company future as compared with 90 days ago. Meanwhile, the number of analysts pessimistic about the company has increased by 0.

Many analysts weighed in on price targets for ECL. The maximum price target given was 146, implying a possible profit of 10.23 percent. The minimum price target given was 105, implying potential capital losses of -20.72 percent. Note that investment analysts can be biased in their reporting on companies's ratings and price targets.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change of 0 percent. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which is -3.45 percent. Meanwhile, fiscal year estimates have been revised upwards by 0 percent, compared to last month. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes -0.52 percent.

Another thing investors often look at is the level of agreement among analysts' revisions. 0 analysts have revised their quarterly estimates upwards in the past 30 days, while 0 analysts revised their estimates downwards. During this time, 0 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, while 0 analysts decreased their estimates.

ECL has an estimated earnings growth rate of 12.46 percent as forecasted by analysts. Another measure frequently examined by investors is the PEG ratio. Smaller PEG ratios are desirable, because that is often interpreted as the company being fairly priced relative to its growth rate. PEG ratios below 1 are often considered desirable, though it could be better to see where the ratio stands relative to peers in the industry. The PEG ratio of ECL is 2.51.

In the trailing 52-weeks, ECL hit 134.89 at the highest peak, while it's lowest trading point was 110.65. Today's price is 19.7 percent above the 52-week low, and 1.81 percent below the high. ECL has a P/E ratio of 31.24. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The ECL value stock report compares ECL to some of its peers using value stock charts. The market cap of ECL is $38.55 billion. ECL's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.