As Ecolab INC (ECL) Shares Rose, Natixis Asset Management Increased Its Stake


About 633,193 shares traded. (NYSE:ECL). Enterprise Fincl Services Corporation holds 0.02% in Ecolab Inc. The stock underperformed the S&P500 by 2.79%.

According to 2017Q4 Securities and Exchange filling the Natixis Asset Management upped its stake in Ecolab Inc. Mairs & Power Inc sold 94,161 shares as the company's stock declined 13.88% with the market. The institutional investor held 1.11 million shares of the transportation company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $132.23 million, down from 1.20M at the end of the previous reported quarter. Ecolab Inc. has $40.64B market cap. The stock increased 0.60% or $1.34 during the last trading session, reaching $223.45. About 8.84M shares traded.

Ecolab Inc provides water, hygiene and energy technologies and services. The Gabelli Utility Trust (GUT) has declined 2.13% since April 13, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 15.27% the S&P500. Deutsche Bank maintained the stock with "Hold" rating in Wednesday, August 2 report. (NYSE:ECL). 148,712 were reported by Ls Inv Limited Liability Co. Gam Ag has invested 0.18% in Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE:BDX). On Wednesday, November 1 Barclays Capital maintained Ecolab Inc. It also reduced its holding in Merck & Co Inc (NYSE:MRK) by 85,011 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 135,710 shares, and cut its stake in Qualcomm Inc.

Ecolab (NYSE:ECL) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, February 20th. Therefore 52% are positive. Since October 31, 2017 according to StockzIntelligence Inc Ecolab Inc has 17 analyst reports. The stock has "Reduce" rating by Nomura on Monday, August 22. Also, major shareholder William H. Gates III purchased 442,519 shares of Ecolab stock in a transaction dated Friday, March 9th. The firm has "Hold" rating by Jefferies given on Tuesday, January 23. Canaccord Genuity set a $145.00 price objective on Ecolab and gave the stock a "buy" rating in a research note on Monday, March 12th. Jefferies maintained the shares of ECL in report on Thursday, July 13 with "Hold" rating. Zacks Investment Research lowered Ecolab from a "buy" rating to a "hold" rating in a research note on Thursday, March 22nd. Citigroup maintained it with "Neutral" rating and $117 target in Monday, April 18 report. On Tuesday, November 7 the firm earned "Buy" rating by RBC Capital Markets. On Friday, February 19 the stock rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with "Outperform". Argus reaffirmed a "buy" rating and set a $150.00 price target on shares of Ecolab in a research report on Thursday, February 22nd. The firm earned "Hold" rating on Tuesday, October 31 by Robert W. Baird.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.02 in Q4 2017. That's change of 0.17, from 2017Q3's 1.19. 46 investors sold all, 298 reduced holdings as ECL ratio dived. 91 funds opened positions while 261 raised stakes. The basic materials company reported $1.39 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters' consensus estimate of $1.40 by ($0.01). First Merchants holds 0.21% or 9,069 shares in its portfolio. Capital Counsel Llc acquired 3,158 shares as Ecolab Inc Com (ECL)'s stock rose 0.75%. (NYSE:ECL) for 269,351 shares. Whittier Tru Co has 8,920 shares for 0.04% of their portfolio. Zevenbergen Capital Investments LLC now owns 4,125 shares of the basic materials company's stock valued at $531,000 after acquiring an additional 400 shares during the last quarter. Bridgewater Limited Partnership owns 74,554 shares. Also, major shareholder William H. Gates III bought 442,519 shares of the firm's stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, March 9th. (NYSE:ECL). Payden Rygel accumulated 900 shares. Creative Planning owns 7,374 shares or 0% of their United States portfolio. 8,739 are owned by Stratos Wealth Ltd. American Group Inc stated it has 0.05% in Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL). Cambridge Invest Advsrs Incorporated owns 30,376 shares or 0.05% of their U.S. portfolio. Mitsubishi Ufj Tru And Corporation, a Japan-based fund reported 541,981 shares. Rockland accumulated 73,991 shares.

Since March 7, 2018, it had 4 buys, and 2 selling transactions for $294.14 million activity. 4,800 shs were sold by Inchaustegui Roberto, worth $652,978 on Monday, March 12. ETTINGER JEFFREY M bought $860,301 worth of stock. Westport Asset Inc invested in 0.03% or 862 shares. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and ten have assigned a buy rating to the company. Therefore 34% are positive. The firm earned "Hold" rating on Wednesday, January 6 by Evercore. Royal Bank of Canada reissued a "buy" rating on shares of Ecolab in a research note on Friday, January 19th. The rating was maintained by JP Morgan on Wednesday, January 24 with "Neutral". Piper Jaffray maintained Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE:BDX) rating on Tuesday, February 6. (NYSE:ECL) has "Buy" rating given by BMO Capital Markets.

Kelly Lawrence W & Associates Inc, which manages about $638.47 million and $543.70 million US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Alkermes Plc Shs (NASDAQ:ALKS) by 126,600 shares to 1,200 shares, valued at $66,000 in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It's up from 116,208 at the end of the previous reported quarter.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.23 in 2017 Q4. Its up 0.14, from 0.88 in 2017Q3.

Hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. 448.80 million shares or 0.57% less from 451.38 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Mairs And Power Inc has 1.11M shares. Rfg Advisory Gru Ltd reported 1,990 shares. Kanawha Cap Mngmt accumulated 54,143 shs. Blackrock Inc holds 0.25% in United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE:VZ) for 292,560 shares. Nippon Life Glob Investors Americas holds 1.23% of its portfolio in Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:ECL). White Pine Cap Limited Liability Corp reported 11,537 shares stake. Qci Asset Mgmt Inc holds 1.57% or 128,568 shares in its portfolio. Glenmede Na reported 475,025 shares. Woodmont Counsel Limited Liability Com has invested 0.2% of its portfolio in Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE:BDX). Buckingham Asset Mgmt Ltd stated it has 0.19% in United Parcel Service, Inc.

Among 29 analysts covering Verizon Communications Inc. UPS's profit will be $1.33B for 17.38 P/E if the $1.54 EPS becomes a reality. Duncker Streett And Inc reported 31,796 shs or 1.1% of all its holdings.

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