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How to buy US Ecology stock | $36.01

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US Ecology, Inc is a waste management business based in the US. US Ecology shares (ECOL) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. US Ecology employs 3,800 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$853.3 million.

How to buy shares in US Ecology

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for US Ecology. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: ECOL. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until US Ecology reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of USD$36.01, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of US Ecology, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of US Ecology. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

US Ecology share price

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US Ecology shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-20.
Latest market close USD$36.01
52-week range USD$24.94 - USD$67.24
50-day moving average USD$34.3065
200-day moving average USD$33.8451
Wall St. target price USD$43.5
PE ratio 18.9471
Dividend yield USD$0.72 (2.46%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$2.27

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Is it a good time to buy US Ecology stock?

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US Ecology price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $36.01 from 2020-11-16

1 week (2020-11-25) -1.48%
1 month (2020-11-06) 8.63%
3 months (2020-09-04) 0.06%
6 months (2020-06-05) -3.54%
1 year (2019-12-05) -35.88%
2 years (2018-12-04) -45.38%
3 years (2017-12-05) -28.05%
5 years (2015-12-04) -8.84%

Is US Ecology under- or over-valued?

Valuing US Ecology stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of US Ecology's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

US Ecology's P/E ratio

US Ecology's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 19x. In other words, US Ecology shares trade at around 19x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

US Ecology's PEG ratio

US Ecology's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 6.03. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into US Ecology's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

US Ecology's EBITDA

US Ecology's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$161.7 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a US Ecology's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

US Ecology financials

Revenue TTM USD$853.3 million
Operating margin TTM 7.97%
Gross profit TTM USD$209.8 million
Return on assets TTM 2.91%
Return on equity TTM -55.95%
Profit margin -34.42%
Book value $21.871
Market capitalisation USD$1.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting US Ecology shares

There are currently 1.3 million US Ecology shares held short by investors – that's known as US Ecology's "short interest". This figure is 4.2% up from 1.3 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting US Ecology shares can be evaluated.

US Ecology's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

US Ecology's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of US Ecology shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of US Ecology shares traded daily (recently around 237910.81560284). US Ecology's SIR currently stands at 5.64. In other words for every 100,000 US Ecology shares traded daily on the market, roughly 5640 shares are currently held short.

However US Ecology's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of US Ecology shares, or, against the total number of tradable US Ecology shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case US Ecology's short interest could be expressed as 0.04% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 US Ecology shares in existence, roughly 40 shares are currently held short) or 0.0489% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable US Ecology shares, roughly 49 shares are currently held short).

A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against US Ecology.

Find out more about how you can short US Ecology stock.

US Ecology share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 15.38% of net profits

Recently US Ecology has paid out, on average, around 15.38% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.46% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), US Ecology shareholders could enjoy a 2.46% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In US Ecology's case, that would currently equate to about $0.72 per share.

While US Ecology's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that US Ecology is investing more in its future growth.

US Ecology's most recent dividend payout was on 24 January 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 16 January 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have US Ecology's shares ever split?

US Ecology's shares were split on a 3:2 basis on 16 July 1992. So if you had owned 2 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your US Ecology shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 33.3% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for US Ecology shares which in turn could have impacted US Ecology's share price.

US Ecology share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, US Ecology's shares have ranged in value from as little as $24.94 up to $67.24. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

ECOL.US volatility(beta: 1.06)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while US Ecology's is 1.0612. This would suggest that US Ecology's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

US Ecology overview

US Ecology, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides environmental services to commercial and government entities in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Mexico, internationally. It operates through two segments, Environmental Services, and Field & Industrial Services. The Environmental Services segment offers specialty material management services, including transportation, recycling, treatment, and disposal of hazardous, non-hazardous, E&P, and radioactive waste at its landfill, wastewater, deep-well injection, and other treatment facilities. The Field & Industrial Services segment provides specialty field services, which includes standby services, emergency response, industrial cleaning and maintenance, remediation, lab packs, retail services, transportation, and other services; and waste management services, such as on-site management, waste characterization, and transportation and disposal of non- hazardous and hazardous waste to commercial and industrial facilities, and government entities. US Ecology, Inc. serves oil refineries, chemical production plants, steel mills, real estate developers, and waste brokers/aggregators serving small manufacturers, and other industrial customers. The company was formerly known as American Ecology Corporation and changed its name to US Ecology, Inc. in February 2010. US Ecology, Inc. was founded in 1952 and is headquartered in Boise, Idaho.

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