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.

ECL was given price targets by several analysts. The maximum price target given was 146, which equates to a potential upside of 10.23 percent. The lowest price target was 105, which equates to a potential downside 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. Over the past 30 days, FY earnings estimates have also changed upwards by 0 percent. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of -0.52 percent in FY estimates.

Investors like to see analysts making revisions in the same direction, as that raises confidence in the revisions. 0 analysts have revised their quarterly estimates upwards in the past 30 days, 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 made negative revisions to their fiscal year's 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, 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, though it could be better to see where the ratio stands relative to peers in the industry. 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. Currently the stock is 19.7 percent higher than its low, and 1.81 percent lower than its 52-week 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 will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.