The risks associated with pre-market and after-hours trading may be slightly higher than the regular market hours. The reason is that extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads for particular security due to lower liquidity and higher volatility as issuers often announce critical financial information outside regular trading hours. After-hours trades for Ecolab Inc. (ECL) shows that investor sentiment remained intact, with the stock’s consolidated last price rising by $0.45, or 0.26%, to $174.12. The Ecolab Inc. has recorded 26,709 volume in the after hours trading session. Recently, Yahoo Finance discussed the stock, revealing that Ecolab Annual Meeting Results Announced.
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The company is listed on the NYSE and operates within the Specialty Chemicals industry segment. At the end of the last regular session, the stock closed at $173.67 and fluctuated between $174.76 as its day high and $172.71 as its day low. The current market capitalization of Ecolab Inc. is $49.07B. A total of 0.96 million shares were traded on the day, compared to an average of 1.18M shares.
Furthermore, investors take into consideration insider trades when predicting a stock’s future trajectory. During the recent three months, ECL has seen 29 BUY and 14 SELL insider trades, representing the acquisition of 32,888 and the disposition of 14,378 shares. Over the last 12 months, there were 99 BUYs and 20 SELLs from insiders. Insiders purchased 553,850 shares during that period but sold 30,118.
In the most recent transaction, Beck Christophe sold 34,450 shares of ECL for 173.48 per share on May 05. After the transaction, the CHAIRMAN & CEO now owns 53,043 company shares. In a previous transaction on Mar 03, Berger Larry L sold 4,404 shares at 162.95 per share. ECL shares that EVP & CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER owns now total 12,442.
Among the insiders who bought shares, MacLennan David acquired of 800 shares on Nov 08 at a per-share price of $139.66. This resulted in the Director holding 12,597 shares of ECL after the transaction. In another insider transaction, Busch Angela M sold 2,300 shares at $170.66 per share on Sep 07. Company shares held by the EVP – CORP STRAT & BUS DEV now total 16,716.
The dividend paying company demonstrates a positive outlook for investors and helps them generate immediate cash. Ecolab Inc. pays an annual dividend of $2.12, resulting in a dividend yield of 1.22%, and it has a price to earnings (P/E) ratio of 43.08. ECL’s most recent ex-dividend date was 6/16/2023 when it declared a $0.53 quarterly dividend that was paid in cash on 7/17/2023. Previously, the company paid the dividend on 4/17/2023 with an ex-dividend date of 3/20/2023. The ECL stock dividend was $0.53 per share in cash.
It has been observed that price targets are rarely accurate, but they can exert some influence from time to time, and are often accepted as valuable in the market. According to analysts who have offered 12-month price targets for ECL in the last 3 months, the mean price target is $179.30 with high estimates of $195.00 and low estimates of $163.00. In terms of 52-week highs and lows, ECL has a high of $179.76 and a low of $131.04.
As of this writing, ECL has an earnings estimate of $1.2 per share for the current quarter. EPS was calculated based on a consensus of 20 estimates, with a high estimate of $1.24 per share and a lower estimate of $1.16. The company reported an EPS of $1.27 in the last quarter, which was 1.60% higher than expectations of $1.25.
Balance Sheet Annually/Quarterly
An equity investor’s investment can be viewed on a balance sheet by looking at what assets and liabilities the company has. Investors can determine the company’s prospects by calculating its financial ratios based on this information. ECL’s latest balance sheet shows that the firm has $359.90M in Cash & Short Term Investments as of fiscal 2021. There were $9.04B in debt and $3.55B in liabilities at the time. Its Book Value Per Share was $25.43, while its Total Shareholder’s Equity was $7.25B.
There may be slightly higher risks associated with pre-market and after-hours trading than during regular market hours. Due to the fact that issuers often announce critical financial information outside of regular trading hours, extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads for particular securities. Currently, 0 analysts are providing their opinions on the stock. On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being Sell and 5 being Buy, the average analyst rating for ECL is Buy with a score of 3.89.