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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 35024.2. Since its IPO date on the 1/5/1988, Ecolab Inc., ECL performance year to date is 5.39%. Today Ecolab Inc., ECL has gained 0.18%, with a current price of 120.

Ownership of the company is 0.40% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 88.20%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 40.20%. Return of assets are at 5.30%, 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 7.50%, this is combined with a gross margin of 47.70%, and operating margin of 11.60%. 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 10.72%. The 52-week high is -1.44%, and the 52-week low is 22.44%. The average volume for Ecolab Inc., ECL is 325619.

With a target price of 118.53, can Ecolab Inc., ECL reach this target? Looking at the value indicators of Ecolab Inc., ECL. Ecolab Inc. has a P/E of 35.97 and a forward P/E of 23.92. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 3.03. Ecolab Inc. also has a P/S and a P/B of 2.62 and 5.36 respectively. For P/cash, Ecolab Inc. has a value of 130.44, while it is 30.18 for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 120, Ecolab Inc. has a dividend yield of 1.17%. We see a return on equity of 14.80%.

Looking more long-term Ecolab Inc., is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of 11.85%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 12.82% 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.

Disclaimer: Remember there is a risk to your investment, this is not a recommendation, nor personal advice, never invest more than you are able too loose.

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