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Investors Buy Large Volume of Put Options on Ecolab (ECL)

12 April 2018

The institutional investor held 973,790 shares of the investment managers company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $16.31 million, up from 692,293 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Brandywine Global Investment Management Llc bought 281,497 shares as the company's stock declined 9.23% with the market. (ECL) are trading -0.25% downward from the 52-week high mark and 13.80% above from the fifty two-week low mark. The stock was acquired at an average price of $134.60 per share, for a total transaction of $59,563,057.40. Apache Corporation (NYSE:APA) has declined 24.62% since April 11, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 14.86% the S&P500.

Ecolab Inc. (ECL) reported gain change of 0.99% in last trading session. South Texas Money Mngmt Limited reported 46,426 shares. The hedge fund held 870,408 shares of the package goods and cosmetics company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $116.79 million, down from 895,708 at the end of the previous reported quarter. First Manhattan Company who had been investing in Ecolab Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $40.70B market cap company. A total of 1.32 million shares exchanged at hands and its average trading volume is standing at 1.48 million shares.

Ecolab (NYSE:ECL) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, February 20th. ECL underperformed the S&P 500 by 2.79%. The company's revenue for the quarter was up 8.9% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts expect that Ecolab will post 5.35 EPS for the current fiscal year. (NYSE:ECL) is 3.00000. The score ranges on a scale of -1 to 6. During the same period previous year, the firm posted $1.25 earnings per share. ECL's profit will be $253.74 million for 39.92 P/E if the $0.88 EPS becomes a reality. The basic materials company reported $1.39 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters' consensus estimate of $1.40 by ($0.01).

Mcdonalds Corp (MCD) investors sentiment increased to 0.88 in Q4 2017. It dropped, as 48 investors sold XOM shares while 819 reduced holdings. 28 funds opened positions while 45 raised stakes. E&G Limited Partnership has 11,529 shares for 0.09% of their portfolio. Wealth Architects Limited Liability owns 0.51% invested in Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) for 33,852 shares. Manchester Capital Management Ltd holds 888 shares or 0.02% of its portfolio. Ashburton Jersey Ltd now owns 1,370 shares of the basic materials company's stock valued at $184,000 after purchasing an additional 1,030 shares during the last quarter. Bank Of America De holds 0% or 106,294 shares. Institutional owners hold 90.50% stake while Insiders ownership held at 0.40% in the company. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans invested 0% of its portfolio in Kinder Morgan, Inc. Institute For Wealth Mgmt Ltd Co reported 0.34% in Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC). Wills Fincl Grp Inc Inc invested in 62,280 shares. (NYSE:GES). Cubist Systematic Strategies Ltd has 42,132 shares. Engines Advsr Limited Liability Corp reported 0% stake. Riverbridge Prtn Llc accumulated 0.95% or 366,838 shares. (NYSE:ECL) is 6. A score of nine indicates a high value stock, while a score of one indicates a low value stock. Therefore 24% are positive. Ecolab has a 1 year low of $124.46 and a 1 year high of $142.64. Johnson & Johnson had 93 analyst reports since August 7, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was upgraded by J.P. Morgan on Friday, May 26 to "Buy". On Thursday, January 18 the firm earned "Buy" rating by RBC Capital Markets. (NYSE:ECL) is 41.00000. The more stable the company, the lower the score. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with "Outperform" on Friday, February 19. (NYSE:ECL). Davis Selected Advisers holds 4,358 shares. The firm earned "Buy" rating on Wednesday, January 4 by Instinet. The firm has "Neutral" rating by Nomura given on Tuesday, September 12. The firm has "Buy" rating by Deutsche Bank given on Monday, August 17. Robert W. Baird maintained Ecolab Inc. The stock has "Neutral" rating by SunTrust on Thursday, January 14. Barclays Capital has "Overweight" rating and $36 target. On Wednesday, August 2 the stock rating was maintained by Canaccord Genuity with "Buy".

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.02 in Q4 2017. The company has a quick ratio of 0.92, a current ratio of 1.34 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.88. 78 funds opened positions while 183 raised stakes. The investment managers in our database now have: 1.17 million shares, up from 1.14 million shares in 2017Q3. Toth Fin Advisory stated it has 1.62% in Ecolab Inc. Barnett & Co stated it has 1,600 shares or 0.04% of all its holdings. Brandywine Global Mgmt Ltd Liability invested in 0.16% or 260,852 shares. (NYSE:ECL) for 412,974 shares. Amer Century Inc accumulated 0.42% or 9.09 million shares. (NYSE:ECL) for 7,205 shares. Moreover, Montag A Associates has 0.87% invested in Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM). Similarly, investors look up the share price over 12 month periods. Cambridge, a Massachusetts-based fund reported 74,633 shares. After having $0.31 EPS previously, Panasonic Corporation's analysts see -80.65% EPS growth. (NYSE:GES). Deutsche Bank & Trust Ag invested in 241,249 shares or 0% of the stock. Shoker Investment Counsel holds 22,884 shares.

Since March 7, 2018, it had 4 insider buys, and 2 insider sales for $294.14 million activity. HighPoint Advisor Group LLC's holdings in Ecolab were worth $1,608,000 as of its most recent SEC filing. Shares of Ecolab Inc. On Wednesday, November 1 UBS maintained the shares of ECL in report with "Buy" rating. Ecolab had 64 analyst reports since July 30, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Checking in on some other ratios, the company has a Price to Cash Flow ratio of 19.392801, and a current Price to Earnings ratio of 26.886876. Citigroup increased their target price on shares of Ecolab from $140.00 to $144.00 and gave the stock a "neutral" rating in a report on Thursday, February 22nd. The stock of Ecolab Inc. Ecolab now has a consensus rating of "Hold" and an average price target of $141.06. The firm earned "Sell" rating on Monday, March 14 by Goldman Sachs. However, investors can and should determine their own price targets for entering and exiting stock positions. (NYSE:ECL) rating on Thursday, July 13.