Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Ecolab Inc. (ECL) Sets 12-Month High on April, 16

Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) has risen 8.76% since April 16, 2017 and is uptrending. The institutional investor held 71,967 shares of the basic industries company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $4.89 million, up from 3,425 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Nomura Inc invested in 134,903 shares or 0.05% of the stock. The stock decreased 0.14% or $0.2 during the last trading session, reaching $141.18. ECL underperformed by 2.79% the S&P 500. Fdx Incorporated reported 0.09% in Ecolab Inc. Wms Partners Llc bought 2,550 shares as the company's stock rose 0.75% while stock markets declined. Becton Dickinson And Co now has $60.00 billion valuation. The stock increased 2.24% or $3.16 during the last trading session, reaching $144.34. About 8 shares traded. It has outperformed by 18.19% the S&P500.

Patten Group Inc decreased Powershares Taxable Municipal Bond Etf (BAB) stake by 187,852 shares to 77,518 valued at $2.38M in 2017Q4. (NYSE:ECL) for 11,227 shs. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and ten have given a buy rating to the company. Therefore 38% are positive. Becton Dickinson had 53 analyst reports since August 7, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm earned "Sector Outperform" rating on Wednesday, October 21 by Scotia Capital. Robert W. Baird maintained the shares of ECL in report on Wednesday, October 11 with "Hold" rating. The company rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets on Tuesday, November 7. The company now has a consensus rating of "Hold" and a consensus price target of $141.06. The rating was maintained by Citigroup on Thursday, February 22 with "Neutral". ETTINGER JEFFREY M had bought 6,400 shares worth $860,301. Jefferies maintained it with "Buy" rating and $83.0 target in Friday, November 10 report. MoffettNathanson upgraded the shares of VZ in report on Tuesday, August 11 to "Neutral" rating. The company was maintained on Tuesday, November 3 by Oppenheimer. Cantor Fitzgerald maintained it with "Buy" rating and $280.0 target in Thursday, March 8 report.

Since March 7, 2018, it had 4 insider purchases, and 2 selling transactions for $294.14 million activity. Clal Insurance Enterprises Holdings Ltd sold 200,000 shares as the company's stock declined 1.20% with the market. Another trade for 4,048 shares valued at $910,726 was made by Borzi James W on Monday, February 26. Shares for $589,394 were sold by Banister Gaurdie E. JR.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.7 in Q4 2017. Its up 0.15, from 1.04 in 2017Q3. 107 funds opened positions while 422 raised stakes. Lee Danner Bass reported 28,519 shares or 0.09% of all its holdings. Sol Management invested in 3,740 shares. 264,758 are owned by Barrett Asset Limited. Zeke Cap Advsr Limited Liability Company reported 29,309 shares. 16,688 were accumulated by Mycio Wealth Prns Ltd Limited Liability Company. Al Mogharbel Khaled bought $192,900 worth of stock or 3,000 shares. Envestnet Asset invested 0.14% in Bank of America Corporation (NYSE:BAC). Holderness holds 10,212 shares or 1.11% of its portfolio. Bedell Frazier Invest Counseling Ltd reported 438,842 shares. Aperio Grp Lc reported 0.25% in Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE:BDX). They expect $2.23 earnings per share, up 12.06% or $0.24 from last year's $1.99 per share. It also reduced its holding in Fox Factory Holding Corp (NASDAQ:FOXF) by 18,295 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 51,422 shares, and cut its stake in Meritor Inc (NYSE:MTOR).

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Big Money Sentiment decreased to 1.02 in Q4 2017. 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 dived, as 46 investors sold ECL shares while 298 reduced holdings. 91 funds took holdings and 261 increased holdings. 215.19 million shares or 0.86% more from 213.37 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. (NYSE:ECL) or 412,237 shares. Mufg Americas owns 121,453 shares for 0.49% of their portfolio. Savant Cap Ltd Liability stated it has 1,803 shares or 0.05% of all its holdings. 104,193 were reported by Kcm Advsrs Limited Liability Corporation. Toronto Dominion Financial Bank invested in 610,199 shares. Great West Life Assurance Communication Can reported 0.07% of its capital in Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Mairs & Power owns 2.78 million shares. Nordea Investment Ab stated it has 319,414 shares. Cibc Fincl Bank Usa owns 2,138 shares. Sector Pension Inv Board reported 13,881 shares. Gould Asset Management LLC CA increased its stake in shares of Ecolab by 0.3% in the fourth quarter. (NYSE:ECL) for 56,215 shares. (NASDAQ:SRCL). Gam Hldgs Ag accumulated 32,631 shares. (NASDAQ:MSFT) by 5,415 shares in the quarter, for a total of 444,615 shares, and has risen its stake in Novo Nordisk Adr (NYSE:NVO). Pfizer Inc (NYSE:PFE) was raised too. (NYSE:ECL). Glenmede Tru Na has 10,851 shares for 0.01% of their portfolio. Therefore 52% are positive. Ecolab Inc had 17 analyst reports since October 31, 2017 according to SRatingsIntel. On Tuesday, March 27 the firm earned "Buy" rating by BMO Capital Markets. The company was initiated on Friday, August 26 by Macquarie Research. Credit Suisse has "Neutral" rating and $137 target. Norris Perne & French Limited Liability Partnership Mi reported 1.69% in Ecolab Inc. Loop Capital maintained United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE:ECL). 871 were accumulated by Jnba Financial. BMO Capital Markets maintained Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (NYSE:CM) rating on Monday, August 31. The stock has "Neutral" rating by Nomura on Tuesday, September 12. On Thursday, July 13 the stock rating was maintained by Credit Suisse with "Buy". Robert W. Baird maintained it with "Neutral" rating and $143 target in Wednesday, January 24 report.

Analysts await Ecolab Inc.

Several equities research analysts recently issued reports on ECL shares. ECL's profit will be $253.75M for 41.42 P/E if the $0.88 EPS becomes a reality.

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