Ecolab Inc. ( ECL ) will begin trading ex-dividend on March 17, 2017. A cash dividend payment of $0.37 per share is scheduled to be paid on April 17, 2017. Shareholders who purchased ECL prior to the ex-dividend date are eligible for the cash dividend payment. This represents an 5.71% increase over prior dividend payment.
The previous trading day's last sale of ECL was $125.37, representing a -0.63% decrease from the 52 week high of $126.17 and a 21.1% increase over the 52 week low of $103.53.
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 $4.15. Zacks Investment Research reports ECL's forecasted earnings growth in 2017 as 10.09%, compared to an industry average of 8.5%.
Interested in gaining exposure to ECL through an Exchange Traded Fund [ETF]?
The following ETF(s) have ECL as a top-10 holding:
- PowerShares Water Resources Portfolio ( PHO )
- Materials Select Sector SPDR ( XLB )
- iShares U.S. Basic Materials ETF ( IYM )
- PowerShares Global Water Portfolio ( PIO )
- Vanguard Materials ETF - DNQ ( VAW ).
The top-performing ETF of this group is IYM with an increase of 15.14% over the last 100 days. PHO has the highest percent weighting of ECL at 8.13%.
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