After-hours and pre-market trading may carry slightly higher risks than regular market hours. As issuers often announce important financial information outside regular trading hours, extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads for a particular security. That is because extended-hours trading may result in lower liquidity and higher volatility. After-hours trades for Ecolab Inc. (ECL) shows that investor sentiment remained broken, with the stock’s consolidated last price falling by -$0.63, or -0.34%, to $183.18. The Ecolab Inc. has recorded 160,452 volume in the after hours trading session. Recently, Yahoo Finance discussed the stock, revealing that Ecolab Declares Cash Dividend.
ECL belongs to the Basic Materials sector of the NYSE while operating in the Specialty Chemicals industry. At the end of the last regular session, the stock closed at $183.81 and fluctuated between $185.22 as its day high and $183.56 as its day low. The current market capitalization of Ecolab Inc. is $51.92B. A total of 1.04 million shares were traded on the day, compared to an average of 1.06M shares.
Investors also take into account insider trades in predicting how the stock will perform in the future. During the recent three months, ECL has seen 24 BUY and 6 SELL insider trades, representing the acquisition of 40,591 and the disposition of 31,318 shares. Over the last 12 months, there were 90 BUYs and 28 SELLs from insiders. Insiders purchased 117,829 shares during that period but sold 90,263.
In the most recent transaction, MacLennan David bought 650 shares of ECL for 183.73 per share on Aug 07. After the transaction, the Director now owns 15,071 company shares. In a previous transaction on Jun 16, Berger Larry L sold 21,708 shares at 181.67 per share. ECL shares that EVP & CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER owns now total 12,442.
Among the insiders who bought shares, MacLennan David acquired of 700 shares on Jun 14 at a per-share price of $180.22. This resulted in the Director holding 14,236 shares of ECL after the transaction. In another insider transaction, Busch Angela M sold 3,460 shares at $182.00 per share on Jun 14. Company shares held by the EVP – CORP STRAT & BUS DEV now total 19,680.
Paying dividends generates immediate cash flow for investors and indicates a positive outlook for the company. Ecolab Inc. pays an annual dividend of $2.12, resulting in a dividend yield of 1.15%, and it has a price to earnings (P/E) ratio of 44.76. ECL’s most recent ex-dividend date was 9/18/2023 when it declared a $0.53 quarterly dividend that was paid in cash on 10/16/2023. Previously, the company paid the dividend on 7/17/2023 with an ex-dividend date of 6/16/2023. The ECL stock dividend was $0.53 per share in cash.
While price targets are rarely accurate, they tend to exert some kind of influence from time to time and are often taken into account by investors. According to analysts who have offered 12-month price targets for ECL in the last 3 months, the mean price target is $198.48 with high estimates of $220.00 and low estimates of $170.00. In terms of 52-week highs and lows, ECL has a high of $191.41 and a low of $131.04.
As of this writing, ECL has an earnings estimate of $1.52 per share for the current quarter. EPS was calculated based on a consensus of 19 estimates, with a high estimate of $1.55 per share and a lower estimate of $1.5. The company reported an EPS of $0.88 in the last quarter, which was 2.30% higher than expectations of $0.86.
Balance Sheet Annually/Quarterly
An organization’s balance sheet depicts the assets and liabilities it has, as well as the amount of equity invested. Investors can measure a company’s prospects by calculating its financial ratios using 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 $26.52, while its Total Shareholder’s Equity was $7.25B.
There is a slight risk associated with trading before and after the market open. Due to lower liquidity and higher volatility, extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads on particular security due to the release of critical financial information after regular trading hours. 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 3.56.