Gabelli & Co lifts Ecolab Inc. [ECL] price estimate. Who else is bullish?

Ecolab Inc. [NYSE: ECL] closed the trading session at $225.91 on 06/10/20. The day’s price range saw the stock hit a low of $223.69, while the highest price level was $228.45. The stocks have a year to date performance of 17.06 percent and weekly performance of 2.29 percent. The stock has been moved at 21.98 percent over the last six months. The stock has performed 15.21 percent around the most recent 30 days and changed 21.08 percent over the most recent 3-months.

If compared to the average trading volume of 4.33M shares, ECL reached to a volume of 4400559 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

Here’s what leading stock market gurus have to say about Ecolab Inc. [ECL]:

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for ECL shares is $185.18 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on ECL stock is a recommendation set at 2.80. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.

Gabelli & Co have made an estimate for Ecolab Inc. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Hold, with their previous recommendation back on June 03, 2020. The new note on the price target was released on March 17, 2020, representing the official price target for Ecolab Inc. stock. On May 01, 2019, analysts increased their price target for ECL shares from 178 to 200.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Ecolab Inc. is set at 6.10, with the Price to Sales ratio for ECL stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 4.35. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 7.39, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 5.75. Price to Free Cash Flow for ECL in the course of the last twelve months was 60.35 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 1.20.

ECL stock trade performance evaluation

Ecolab Inc. [ECL] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 2.29. With this latest performance, ECL shares gained by 15.21% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 21.98% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 14.30% in the past year of trading.

Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for ECL stock in for the last two-week period is set at 71.78, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 72.54, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 66.84 for Ecolab Inc. [ECL]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 191.01, while it was recorded at 226.86 for the last single week of trading, and 190.96 for the last 200 days.

Ecolab Inc. [ECL]: An insightful look at the core fundamentals

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Ecolab Inc. [ECL] shares currently have an operating margin of +14.62 and a Gross Margin at +41.63. Ecolab Inc.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +10.46.

Return on Total Capital for ECL is now 14.17, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 10.61. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 18.68, with Return on Assets sitting at 7.61. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, Ecolab Inc. [ECL] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 79.82. Additionally, ECL Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 44.39, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 33.22. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 73.67, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 40.97.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, Ecolab Inc. [ECL] managed to generate an average of $31,054 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 5.20 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.73.Ecolab Inc.’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 1.20 and a Current Ratio set at 1.50.

Earnings per share (EPS) analysis for Ecolab Inc. [ECL] stock

With the latest financial reports released by the company, Ecolab Inc. posted 1.42/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 1.41/share.When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 0.70%. The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for ECL. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for Ecolab Inc. go to 6.58%.

Ecolab Inc. [ECL]: Insider Ownership positions

There are presently around $49,255 million, or 87.80% of ECL stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of ECL stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 23,074,876, which is approximately 1.933% of the company’s market cap and around 0.50% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 19,009,994 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $4.31 billion in ECL stocks shares; and STATE STREET CORP, currently with $2.52 billion in ECL stock with ownership of nearly -2.503% of the company’s market capitalization.

Positions in Ecolab Inc. stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of April and at the time of the April reporting period, where 567 institutional holders increased their position in Ecolab Inc. [NYSE:ECL] by around 12,885,211 shares. Additionally, 614 investors decreased positions by around 13,812,920 shares, while 151 investors held positions by with 190,561,639 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 217,259,770 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. ECL stock had 100 new institutional investments in for a total of 717,891 shares, while 143 institutional investors sold positions of 1,799,209 shares during the same period.

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