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How has Ecolab Inc.:(NYSE:ECL) performed recently?

Ecolab Inc. (NYSE: ECL) is a large market cap stock with a market cap of 35389.59. It is in the Cleaning Products industry and sector Consumer Goods, with a current P/E of 36.14, a forward P/E of 24.03 and EPS of 3.33. At a stock price of 119.97 (-0.31%) it has a dividend yield of 1.16%.

EPS growth for the last five years have been 8.30%, more recently this last year it has grown by -15.40%. The next year growth is going to be about 12.80% and more long-term 11.85% after five years. EPS growth quarter over quarter is 0.50%. Sales growth for the past five years have been 17.30% and sales growth quarter over quarter is -6.10%.

For performance, Ecolab Inc. the past week has seen a gain of 1.04%. For the last month performance for Ecolab Inc. is 1.15%. While the last quarter is 4.79% and half year, 18.05%. Finally for the year, performance is 8.02%.

The 52-week high for Ecolab Inc., is at -1.46%, and for the 52-week low it comes to a value of 22.41%. The 20-day simple moving average is 1.50% and 5.87% for the 200-day simple moving average.

Volatility for the week is at 0.85%, and for the month it is 1.01%. Ecolab Inc., has a target price of 117.71.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 0.77, and for total debt/equity Ecolab Inc. has 1.04. The gross margin is 47.70%, while operating margin is 11.60%, the profit margin is 7.50%. The current ratio is 1 and the quick ratio is 0.7.

Insider ownership is at 0.40%, with instituitional ownership at 87.90%. Ecolab Inc. has a payout ratio of 40.20%. With the total shares outstanding coming to 294.08. The shares float is 292.04, with the float short at 1.72%, with short ratio coming to 4.54.

In terms of returns, the return on assets see Ecolab Inc., get 5.30%, with its returns on investment at 9.40%. Return on equity is 14.80%. So will the investors see the target price of 117.71, reached soon?

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