How Analysts Feel About Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL)?

August 10, 2018 - By Robert Crowder

Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) LogoInvestors sentiment decreased to 0.97 in Q1 2018. Its down 0.05, from 1.02 in 2017Q4. It turned negative, as 45 investors sold Ecolab Inc. shares while 298 reduced holdings. 68 funds opened positions while 264 raised stakes. 211.10 million shares or 1.90% less from 215.19 million shares in 2017Q4 were reported.
Cantillon Capital Ltd Liability Corporation has invested 3.96% in Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL). The California-based Hanson Mcclain has invested 0% in Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL). Farmers Bancorporation reported 0.02% in Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL). Kanawha Management Limited Co reported 1.11% stake. Tt stated it has 0.38% in Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL). Brown Brothers Harriman &, a New York-based fund reported 19,259 shares. First Merchants reported 0.19% of its portfolio in Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL). 73,613 are held by Arizona State Retirement Systems. Wcm Invest Mgmt Ca invested 0.71% in Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL). Jensen Investment stated it has 2.83 million shares or 5.06% of all its holdings. Regions Fincl, a Alabama-based fund reported 149,882 shares. Gotham Asset Management Ltd Com stated it has 0.01% in Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL). Markel Corp stated it has 248,300 shares or 0.65% of all its holdings. Savant Ltd Co has invested 0.05% in Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL). Natl Asset Management accumulated 3,415 shares or 0.07% of the stock.

Since March 7, 2018, it had 4 insider purchases, and 2 insider sales for $294.14 million activity. Another trade for 369,000 shares valued at $50.38 million was bought by GATES WILLIAM H III. Another trade for 6,400 shares valued at $860,301 was made by ETTINGER JEFFREY M on Friday, March 9.

Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) Ratings Coverage

Among 9 analysts covering Ecolab (NYSE:ECL), 3 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 5 Hold. Therefore 33% are positive. Ecolab has $16000 highest and $13500 lowest target. $148’s average target is 0.11% above currents $147.84 stock price. Ecolab had 16 analyst reports since February 22, 2018 according to SRatingsIntel. Deutsche Bank maintained Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) on Tuesday, May 8 with “Hold” rating. The stock of Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) earned “Buy” rating by BMO Capital Markets on Tuesday, March 27. The stock has “Neutral” rating by Nomura on Thursday, April 19. The stock of Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) earned “Hold” rating by J.P. Morgan on Wednesday, May 2. Canaccord Genuity maintained Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) on Tuesday, May 1 with “Buy” rating. The stock has “Sell” rating by J.P. Morgan on Friday, June 22. The stock of Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) has “Neutral” rating given on Wednesday, May 2 by JP Morgan. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Tuesday, April 24 by Canaccord Genuity. Credit Suisse maintained it with “Neutral” rating and $140 target in Wednesday, May 2 report. The rating was maintained by Oppenheimer with “Outperform” on Tuesday, August 7. Below is a list of Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) latest ratings and price target changes.

07/08/2018 Broker: Oppenheimer Old Rating: Outperform New Rating: Outperform Old Target: $153 New Target: $156 Maintain
01/08/2018 Broker: Credit Suisse Old Rating: Neutral New Rating: Neutral Old Target: $140 New Target: $142 Maintain
01/08/2018 Broker: JP Morgan Old Rating: Underweight New Rating: Neutral Upgrade
28/06/2018 Broker: Nomura Old Rating: Neutral New Rating: Neutral Old Target: $136 New Target: $146 Maintain
22/06/2018 Broker: J.P. Morgan Rating: Sell New Target: $135.0000 Downgrade
22/06/2018 Broker: JP Morgan Old Rating: Neutral New Rating: Underweight Downgrade
08/05/2018 Broker: Deutsche Bank Old Rating: Hold New Rating: Hold Old Target: $140 New Target: $150 Maintain
07/05/2018 Broker: Oppenheimer Rating: Buy New Target: $153.0000 Maintain
01/05/2018 Broker: Canaccord Genuity Rating: Buy New Target: $160.0000 Maintain
02/05/2018 Broker: J.P. Morgan Rating: Hold New Target: $146.0000 Downgrade

The stock decreased 0.39% or $0.58 during the last trading session, reaching $147.84. About 891,513 shares traded. Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) has risen 11.05% since August 10, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 1.52% the S&P500.

Ecolab Inc. provides water, hygiene, and energy technologies and services for clients worldwide. The company has market cap of $42.71 billion. The firm operates in three divisions: Global Industrial, Global Institutional, and Global Energy. It has a 27.82 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.

More important recent Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) news were published by: Seekingalpha.com which released: “Ecolab Inc. 2018 Q2 – Results – Earnings Call Slides” on July 31, 2018, also Seekingalpha.com published article titled: “Ecolab (ECL) Q2 2018 Results – Earnings Call Transcript”, Benzinga.com published: “Ecolab’s Earnings Preview” on July 30, 2018. More interesting news about Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) was released by: Seekingalpha.com and their article: “Ecolab updates guidance” with publication date: July 31, 2018.

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