$0.88 EPS Expected for Ecolab Inc. (ECL)

April 17, 2018 - By Henry Gaston

Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) LogoInvestors sentiment decreased to 1.02 in 2017 Q4. Its down 0.17, from 1.19 in 2017Q3. It worsened, as 46 investors sold Ecolab Inc. shares while 298 reduced holdings. 91 funds opened positions while 261 raised stakes. 215.19 million shares or 0.86% more from 213.37 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported.
Parametrica Mngmt invested in 0.15% or 1,737 shares. S&Co accumulated 235,849 shares or 3.93% of the stock. Deutsche National Bank & Trust Ag invested 0.06% in Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL). Blackrock invested 0.1% in Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL). 39,239 were reported by Carnegie Capital Asset Mgmt Limited Liability. Oppenheimer holds 0.04% or 11,279 shares. Harvey Invest Communication Limited Company accumulated 1.48% or 60,748 shares. Oregon Pub Employees Retirement Fund reported 0.06% stake. Cornercap Counsel, Georgia-based fund reported 8,759 shares. Stock Yards Retail Bank Tru holds 0.07% or 4,630 shares in its portfolio. Cibc Ww Mkts stated it has 0.01% in Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL). A D Beadell Counsel holds 0.3% or 2,700 shares. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Comm invested in 0.01% or 42,405 shares. First Corporation In reported 1,403 shares. Essex Finance has invested 0.08% of its portfolio in Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL).

Since March 7, 2018, it had 4 insider purchases, and 2 selling transactions for $294.14 million activity. $659,683 worth of Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) shares were sold by Inchaustegui Roberto. 1.33 million shares valued at $176.96 million were bought by GATES WILLIAM H III on Wednesday, March 7.

Analysts expect Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) to report $0.88 EPS on May, 1.They anticipate $0.08 EPS change or 10.00 % from last quarter’s $0.8 EPS. ECL’s profit would be $253.75M giving it 41.75 P/E if the $0.88 EPS is correct. After having $1.39 EPS previously, Ecolab Inc.’s analysts see -36.69 % EPS growth. The stock increased 4.09% or $5.78 during the last trading session, reaching $146.96. About 3.49 million shares traded or 139.43% up from the average. Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) has risen 8.76% since April 17, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 2.79% the S&P500.

Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) Ratings Coverage

Among 10 analysts covering Ecolab Inc (NYSE:ECL), 5 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 5 Hold. Therefore 50% are positive. Ecolab Inc had 17 analyst reports since October 31, 2017 according to SRatingsIntel. The company was initiated on Tuesday, March 27 by BMO Capital Markets. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Sunday, January 28 by RBC Capital Markets. Citigroup downgraded the stock to “Hold” rating in Friday, January 5 report. The rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus on Tuesday, October 31 with “Hold”. RBC Capital Markets maintained it with “Buy” rating and $143.0 target in Tuesday, November 7 report. The stock of Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) has “Hold” rating given on Tuesday, October 31 by Robert W. Baird. Jefferies maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Wednesday, November 1 report. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Wednesday, November 1 by UBS. Jefferies maintained Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) rating on Tuesday, January 23. Jefferies has “Hold” rating and $150.0 target. Credit Suisse maintained the stock with “Neutral” rating in Wednesday, January 24 report.

Ecolab Inc. provides water, hygiene, and energy technologies and services for clients worldwide. The company has market cap of $42.38 billion. The firm operates in three divisions: Global Industrial, Global Institutional, and Global Energy. It has a 28.65 P/E ratio. The Global Industrial segment provides water treatment and process applications, and cleaning and sanitizing solutions primarily to large industrial clients within the manufacturing, food and beverage processing, chemical, mining and primary metals, power generation, pulp and paper, and commercial laundry industries.

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