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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 34831.23. It is in the Cleaning Products industry and sector Consumer Goods, with a current P/E of 35.77, a forward P/E of 23.79 and EPS of 3.33. At a stock price of 118.34 (-0.66%) it has a dividend yield of 1.18%.

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 12.82% 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 -0.43%. For the last month performance for Ecolab Inc. is 3.37%. While the last quarter is 3.63% and half year, 15.27%. Finally for the year, performance is 4.58%.

The 52-week high for Ecolab Inc., is at -2.80%, and for the 52-week low it comes to a value of 20.75%. The 20-day simple moving average is -0.32% and 4.31% for the 200-day simple moving average.

Volatility for the week is at 1.02%, and for the month it is 0.95%. Ecolab Inc., has a target price of 118.53.

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 88.20%. Ecolab Inc. has a payout ratio of 40.20%. With the total shares outstanding coming to 292.38. The shares float is 292.04, with the float short at 1.72%, with short ratio coming to 4.69.

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 118.53, reached soon?

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