Ecolab Inc. ( ECL ) will begin trading ex-dividend on June 13, 2014. A cash dividend payment of $0.275 per share is scheduled to be paid on July 15, 2014. Shareholders who purchased ECL stock prior to the ex-dividend date are eligible for the cash dividend payment. This marks the 3rd quarter that ECL has paid the same dividend. At the current stock price of $109.33, the dividend yield is 1.01%.
The previous trading day's last sale of ECL was $109.33, representing a -2.23% decrease from the 52 week high of $111.83 and a 32.39% increase over the 52 week low of $82.58.
ECL is a part of the Basic Industries sector, which includes companies such as Procter & Gamble Company ( PG ) and Unilever PLC ( UL ). ECL's current earnings per share, an indicator of a company's profitability, is $3.24. Zacks Investment Research reports ECL's forecasted earnings growth in 2014 as 17.96%, compared to an industry average of 16.7%.
Interested in gaining exposure to ECL through an Exchange Traded Fund [ETF]?
The following ETF(s) have ECL as a top-10 holding:
- Select Sector SPDR Fund - Basic Industries ( XLB )
- Vanguard Materials ETF ( VAW )
- ProShares Ultra Basic Materials ( UYM ).
The top-performing ETF of this group is UYM with an increase of 13.86% over the last 100 days. XLB has the highest percent weighting of ECL at 4.6%.
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