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.

Investment analysts gave a few price targets for ECL. The highest price target was 146, implying potential capital gains of 10.23 percent. The most pessimistic analyst gave a price target of 105, which equates to a potential downside of -20.72 percent. Some investors take price targets and stock ratings with a grain of salt, knowing that some analysts can have indirect business with the stocks they cover.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change of 0 percent. That number becomes -3.45 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 upwards by 0 percent, as compared to a month ago. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of -0.52 percent in FY estimates.

Another thing investors often look at is the level of agreement among analysts' revisions. Over the past month, 0 analysts increased their quarterly estimates, which can be compared to the 0 analysts that decreased their estimates. Over the same time period, 0 analysts revised their FY earnings estimates upwards, while 0 analysts decreased their estimates.

The growth rate of ECL's earnings is estimated by analysts to be 12.46 percent. The PEG ratio of a stock is another value frequently studied by investors. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, because that is often interpreted as the company being fairly priced relative to its growth rate. PEG ratios below 1 are often considered desirable, although it is frequently more appropriate to compare PEG ratios to the company's peers. ECL has a PEG ratio of 2.51.

In the trailing 52-weeks, ECL hit 134.89 at the highest peak, while it's lowest trading point was 110.65. The current market price is above the trailing year's low by 19.7 percent, and below the high by 1.81 percent. 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 is estimated to release their earnings results for the quarter on 0000-00-00, days from today.