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 most optimistic price target was 146, implying potential capital gains of 10.23 percent. The lowest price target was 105, implying potential capital losses of -20.72 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.

In the last 30 days, analysts have changed their quarterly earnings estimates upwards by an average of 0 percent. The average change in earnings estimates over the last 90 days 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 made negative revisions. Also over the last month, 0 analysts increased their estimates for the FY earnings, compared to 0 analysts that revised their FY estimates downwards.

ECL has an estimated earnings growth rate of 12.46 percent as forecasted by analysts. It's possible to gain additional insight about growth valuation of a company by looking at 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. Wall Street investors typically prefer a PEG ratio to be smaller than 1, even though it may be more relevant to compare the ratio to that of a firm's competitors. ECL has a PEG ratio of 2.51.

ECL has a 52-week high of 134.89 and a 52-week low of 110.65. Today's price is 19.7 percent above the 52-week low, 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 will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.