Today Ecolab Inc. (ECL) Stock Reaches 52-Week High

Ivan Schwartz
June 15, 2017

As per Thursday, June 1, the company rating was maintained by Oppenheimer. Assetmark Inc.'s holdings in Ecolab were worth $171,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC. (ECL) traded down 0.33% during mid-day trading on Thursday, reaching $133.44.

At the session level, shares of NetEase, Inc. (NYSE:ECL) news were published by: Businesswire.com which released: "Ecolab Schedules Webcast of Industry Conference for June 6, 2017" on May 30, 2017, also Businesswire.com with their article: "Ecolab Schedules Webcast of Industry Conference for June 13" published on May 31, 2017, Nasdaq.com published: "Reminder - Ecolab (ECL) Goes Ex-Dividend Soon" on June 14, 2017. It has underperformed by 7.29% the S&P500.

Middleton & Co Inc decreased Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) stake by 3,535 shares to 106,672 valued at $12.36M in 2016Q4. Hsbc Public Limited Co invested in 122,658 shares or 0.04% of the stock. The Check Capital Management Inc holds 229,557 shares with $29.47 million value, up from 223,045 last quarter. The company has market cap of $753,865. Edgewood Management LLC raised its position in shares of Ecolab by 1.4% in the fourth quarter. About 2.32 million shares traded. (NYSE:ECL) rating on Friday, July 15. It has outperformed by 1.95% the S&P500.

The institutional investor owned 1,366 shares of the basic materials company's stock after selling 1 shares during the period. Its up 0.01, from 1.01 in 2016Q3. Finally, Perigon Wealth Management LLC raised its stake in Ecolab by 26.2% in the fourth quarter. The basic materials company reported $0.80 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks' consensus estimate of $0.81 by $0.01. Old Point Trust & Fincl N A invested in 16,535 shares. Consonance Capital Management Lp owns 5.79 million shares or 10.3% of their U.S. portfolio. Compass Cap Management accumulated 3.91% or 178,671 shares. Sentry holds 0.52% or 530,200 shares. (NYSE:ECL). American Intll Grp Incorporated Inc owns 0.05% invested in Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) for 7,234 shares. Chevy Chase Tru Inc reported 0.3% stake. Diversified Investment Strategies Llc, a Louisiana-based fund reported 113,200 shares. Agf Invests America has 59,477 shares for 2.98% of their portfolio. Cibc Markets reported 7,099 shares. (NYSE:ECL). Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Mngmt Limited stated it has 0.19% in Ecolab Inc. Franklin Street Inc Nc reported 0.15% in Ecolab Inc. The company had a trading volume of 155,658 shares. Ecolab Inc. The company has a 50-day moving average of $129.55 and a 200 day moving average of $123.96. (NYSE:ECL) for 15,207 shares. Goldman Sachs downgraded Ecolab Inc. (ECL) to Overweight" published on May 26, 2017 as well as Businesswire.com's news article titled: "Ecolab Schedules Webcast of Industry Conference for June 6, 2017" with publication date: "May 30, 2017. This dividend's record date is Jun 20, 2017 and the announcement date is May 5, 2017.

Since February 27, 2017, it had 1 buy, and 6 sales for $4.41 million activity. $3.08 million worth of Ecolab Inc. Also, Director Jerry W. Levin sold 748 shares of Ecolab stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, March 8th. (NYSE:ECL) shares were sold by Hickey Michael A. 1,000 Ecolab Inc. In the last three months, insiders sold 44,810 shares of company stock valued at $5,897,361. 5,000 shares were bought by Casale Carl M, worth $631,655 on Thursday, May 4. (NYSE:ECL) on Monday, February 27.

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In other news, EVP Stephen M. Taylor sold 23,151 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, June 9th. Therefore 46% are positive. Ecolab had 32 analyst reports since July 30, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was maintained by Citigroup with "Neutral" on Monday, April 18. Aegis Capital has "Buy" rating and $21.0 target. As per Wednesday, January 6, the company rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus. UBS maintained it with "Neutral" rating and $125 target in Tuesday, April 26 report. Nomura has "Reduce" rating and $98 target. Traditionally, a stock is thought to be overbought when the Relative Strength Index moves above 70. The rating was initiated by Sterne Agee CRT on Tuesday, March 22 with "Buy". The firm has "Neutral" rating by Longbow given on Wednesday, February 22.

Green Valley Investors Llc, which manages about $1.90 billion US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Walt Disney Co/The (NYSE:DIS) by 19,914 shares to 930,513 shares, valued at $96.98 million in 2016Q4, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Chipotle Mexican Grill Cl A (NYSE:CMG) by 49,128 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 730 shares, and cut its stake in Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE:ROP).

Among 18 analysts covering Ecolab (NYSE:ECL), 11 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 6 Hold.

Several equities research analysts have commented on the stock. The firm has "Outperform" rating by Oppenheimer given on Friday, December 11. Canaccord Genuity reiterated a "buy" rating and issued a $135.00 target price on shares of Ecolab in a research report on Monday, May 1st. RBC Capital Markets maintained Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) on Wednesday, February 22 with "Outperform" rating. (NYSE:ECL) on Wednesday, May 17. Broadridge Finl Solutions In (NYSE:BR) was reduced too. The company was maintained on Tuesday, August 25 by SEB Equity Research. The firm has "Hold" rating given on Wednesday, May 17 by Needham.

It is down 0.00% since June 14, 2016 and is. Its up 0.31, from 0.81 in 2016Q3. It dropped, as 84 investors sold HD shares while 664 reduced holdings. WI raised its stake in Ecolab by 1.2% in the third quarter. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.77 earnings per share. 10,200 are owned by Bedrijfstakpensioenfonds Voor De Media Pno. Gabelli Funds Ltd Limited Liability Company, New York-based fund reported 134,000 shares. 102,725 were reported by Oak Ridge Ltd Liability Co. During that time period, shares are up 5.19% which has provided some nice profits for investors who may be looking to take advantage of the recent gains.

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