Ecolab Inc (NYSE:ECL) Institutional Investor Sentiment Trend

Marco Green
April 9, 2018

The stock has a consensus rating of "Hold" and an average target price of $141.06. About 2.55M shares traded. Rio Tinto plc (NYSE:RIO) has risen 26.00% since April 8, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 11.55% the S&P500.

Among 23 analysts covering Ecolab (NYSE:ECL), 12 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 10 Hold. Congress Asset Mgmt Ma invested in 351,129 shares or 0.69% of the stock. The firm has a market capitalization of $40,376.57, a price-to-earnings ratio of 29.80, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.08 and a beta of 1.00.

Shares of ECL traded down $1.47 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $139.78. The company reported $1.28 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the Zacks' consensus estimate of $1.28.

Ecolab Inc (NYSE:ECL) institutional sentiment decreased to 1.02 in 2017 Q4. It has underperformed by 2.79% the S&P500. Stratos Wealth Ltd holds 8,739 shares or 0.05% of its portfolio. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 27,402 shares in the company, valued at $3,727,768.08. M Holdings stated it has 7,591 shares. Greenleaf Tru reported 270 shares or 0% of all its holdings. 14,470 are held by Guardian Life Ins Com Of America. Wetherby Asset Management Inc. now owns 4,146 shares of the company's stock valued at $492,000 after buying an additional 81 shares during the last quarter. Riverbridge Prns Ltd Co accumulated 6,881 shares or 0.01% of the stock. Citigroup downgraded the stock to "Sell" rating in Wednesday, October 12 report. Out of 11 Wall Street analysts rating Ecolab Inc, 6 give it "Buy", 0 "Sell" rating, while 5 recommend "Hold". Therefore 38% are positive. Columbia Pipeline Group Inc had 13 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Jefferies maintained the stock with "Hold" rating in Wednesday, November 1 report. Credit Suisse downgraded it to "Underperform" rating and $25 target in Thursday, March 17 report. The firm has "Outperform" rating given on Tuesday, January 19 by Oppenheimer. The firm has "Sell" rating given on Thursday, September 15 by UBS. "(NYSE:ECL) Major Shareholder Buys $67,251,808.17 in Stock" was first posted by StockNewsTimes and is the property of of StockNewsTimes. The company was maintained on Wednesday, August 2 by Deutsche Bank. On Wednesday, October 11 the stock rating was maintained by Robert W. Baird with "Hold". On Thursday, February 25 the stock rating was initiated by Morgan Stanley with "Equal-Weight". As per Tuesday, July 21, the company rating was initiated by Citigroup. C Worldwide Group Holding A S owns 3.84 million shares or 7.45% of their USA portfolio.

Since November 17, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 1 sale for $292,234 activity.

Ecolab (NYSE:ECL) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, November 1st. During the same period past year, the business earned $1.28 EPS. ECL's profit will be $253.74 million for 39.71 P/E if the $0.88 EPS becomes a reality. It also increased its holding in Spdr Dow Jones International E (RWX) by 79,357 shares in the quarter, for a total of 749,158 shares, and has risen its stake in Ishares Core S P Mid Cap Etf (IJH). The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.88, a current ratio of 1.34 and a quick ratio of 0.92. It dropped, as 46 investors sold ECL shares while 298 reduced holdings. 91 funds opened positions while 261 raised stakes. The active investment managers in our partner's database now possess: 215.19 million shares, up from 213.37 million shares in 2017Q3. Shine Investment Advisory Svcs has invested 0.05% of its portfolio in Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) for 8.73 million shares. American Century Inc stated it has 1.07 million shares. The institutional investor held 983,582 shares of the package goods and cosmetics company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $131.98M, down from 1.01 million at the end of the previous reported quarter. North Carolina-based Altavista Wealth Mgmt Inc has invested 1.07% in Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) for 4,096 shares. Amica Mutual Insurance invested in 0.14% or 10,622 shares. Umb State Bank N A Mo holds 0.04% or 8,082 shares. Moreover, Bridgewater Associate LP has 0.08% invested in Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) for 20,502 shares. The Massachusetts-based Btim has invested 0.06% in Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) for 36,622 shares. Moreover, Cantillon Mgmt has 4.12% invested in Ecolab Inc.

Ratings analysis reveals 55% of Ecolab Inc's analysts are positive. Rio Tinto had 50 analyst reports since August 5, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. (NYSE:ECL) on Friday, March 9. Royal Bank of Canada reissued a "buy" rating on shares of Ecolab in a report on Friday, January 19th. The firm has "Buy" rating by RBC Capital Markets given on Thursday, January 18. Jefferies maintained Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) rating on Wednesday, October 11. They issued an "outperform" rating and a $151.00 price target for the company. Canaccord Genuity maintained Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) has "Buy" rating given on Wednesday, February 24 by Canaccord Genuity.

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