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A look at a High Market Cap Stock: Ecolab Inc., ECL

Ecolab Inc., ECL is in the exchange NYSE and its industry is Cleaning Products in the sector of Consumer Goods. Based in USA, Ecolab Inc., ECL  has a market cap of 34481.56. Since its IPO date on the 1/5/1988, Ecolab Inc., ECL performance year to date is 3.03%. Today Ecolab Inc., ECL has gained -0.21%, with a current price of 116.76.

Ownership of the company is 0.40% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 87.40%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 42.50%. Return of assets are at 5.20%, with return on investment at 9.40%.

In terms of debt levels and profit levels, Ecolab Inc., ECL is seeing a long-term debt/equity of 0.77. While Total debt/equity is 1.04. With a profit margin of 7.20%, this is combined with a gross margin of 47.50%, and operating margin of 11.50%. Ecolab Inc. ability to meet debt levels, with a current ratio of 1, while the quick ratio is 0.7.

For the last year Ecolab Inc., ECL has seen a EPS growth of -15.40%. A performance for the year of -2.78%. The 52-week high is -6.01%, and the 52-week low is 19.49%. The average volume for Ecolab Inc., ECL is 903698.

With a target price of 127.24, can Ecolab Inc., ECL reach this target? Looking at the value indicators of Ecolab Inc., ECL. Ecolab Inc. has a P/E of 36.51 and a forward P/E of 23.34. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 3.1. Ecolab Inc. also has a P/S and a P/B of 2.6 and 5.17 respectively. For P/cash, Ecolab Inc. has a value of 205.98, while it is 33.71 for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 116.76, Ecolab Inc. has a dividend yield of 1.20%. We see a return on equity of 14.20%.

Looking more long-term Ecolab Inc., is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of 11.79%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 12.78% in the next year is forecasted. This is after a EPS growth of -15.40% for this year and for the last five years a 8.30% growth has been seen.

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