Wms Partners Lowers stake in Ecolab (ECL)

Ecolab (ECL) : Wms Partners reduced its stake in Ecolab by 0.11% during the most recent quarter end. The investment management company now holds a total of 200,140 shares of Ecolab which is valued at $23.2 Million after selling 213 shares in Ecolab , the firm said in a disclosure report filed with the SEC on May 11, 2016.Ecolab makes up approximately 3.30% of Wms Partners’s portfolio.

Other Hedge Funds, Including , Advisor Partners reduced its stake in ECL by selling 1,704 shares or 41.58% in the most recent quarter. The Hedge Fund company now holds 2,394 shares of ECL which is valued at $277,752. Ecolab makes up approx 0.10% of Advisor Partners’s portfolio.Autus Asset Management boosted its stake in ECL in the latest quarter, The investment management firm added 1,217 additional shares and now holds a total of 50,969 shares of Ecolab which is valued at $5.9 Million. Ecolab makes up approx 1.45% of Autus Asset Management’s portfolio.Farmers Merchants Investments Inc boosted its stake in ECL in the latest quarter, The investment management firm added 3,000 additional shares and now holds a total of 20,863 shares of Ecolab which is valued at $2.4 Million. Ecolab makes up approx 0.28% of Farmers Merchants Investments Inc’s portfolio.

Ecolab opened for trading at $116.23 and hit $118.37 on the upside on Monday, eventually ending the session at $118.16, with a gain of 1.84% or 2.14 points. The heightened volatility saw the trading volume jump to 9,84,824 shares. Company has a market cap of $34,657 M.

On the company’s financial health, Ecolab reported $0.77 EPS for the quarter, beating the analyst consensus estimate by $ 0.01 according to the earnings call on May 3, 2016. Analyst had a consensus of $0.76. The company had revenue of $3097.40 million for the quarter, compared to analysts expectations of $3119.22 million. The company’s revenue was down -6.1 % compared to the same quarter last year.During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.80 EPS.

Investors should note that on May 5, 2016, Ecolab announced a cash dividend of $0.3500. The company’s management has announced Jun 17, 2016 as the ex-dividend date and fixed the record date on Jun 21, 2016. The payable date has been fixed on Jul 15, 2016.

Many Wall Street Analysts have commented on Ecolab. Ecolab was Initiated by Nomura to “Reduce” on Apr 20, 2016. Company shares were Resumed by Credit Suisse on Mar 24, 2016 to “Neutral”, Firm has raised the Price Target to $ 109 from a previous price target of $107 .Ecolab was Initiated by Sterne Agee CRT to “Buy” on Mar 22, 2016.

Ecolab Inc. provides water hygiene and energy technologies and services. The Company operating segments include Global Industrial Global Institutional Global Energy and Other. The Company’s Global Industrial segment consists of the Water Food and Beverage Paper and Textile Care operating units. Global Institutional segment consists of the Institutional Specialty and Healthcare operating units. The Global Energy segment provides on-site technology-driven solutions to the global drilling oil and gas production refining and petrochemical industries. Other segment consists of the pest elimination and equipment care operating units. The Company’s cleaning and sanitizing programs and products pest elimination services and equipment maintenance and repair services support customers in the foodservice food and beverage processing hospitality healthcare Government and education retail textile care and commercial facilities management sectors in over 170 countries.

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