Ecolab, Inc.

  • 3 Dividend Boosters for Your Watch List

    By William Bias - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: CTAS, ECL, VFC

    When looking for investments you may want to look to the S&P 500’s dividend aristocrat list. Companies merit a spot on the list when they boost dividends for at least a couple of decades. Of course, it would be unwise to invest in a company based solely on its inclusion on a list. Looking into whether a company sells a needed product, barriers to entry for competitors, and more »

  • All-Star Stocks

    By Mark Morelli - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: ECL, TMO, VFC, DIS

    Major League Baseball recently played its annual all-star game. That made me think about what stocks might be all-stars from the first half of the year. The real question? How will they do going forward?

    My criteria for the stock all-stars are as follows:

    1. Stock gain surpassing that of the S&P500 index YTD.
    2. Motley Fool CAPS rating of five. [CAPS is a rating system used by investors who enter more »
  • Enhance Your Portfolio With These FMCG Companies

    By Ranu Devi - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: CHD, ECL, PBH

    Despite challenging macro-economic conditions, the global fast moving consumer goods, or FMCG, industry has grown consistently over the last few years due to continuous engagement in innovation and expansion moves. Three FMCG companies have strong potential for long-term growth due to their strategies to capitalize on industry growth.

    Strong foothold in OTC products

    The over the counter, or OTC, healthcare business is Prestige Brands (NYSE: PBH) main strength. It accounts more »

  • How You Can Benefit From the Diversification of These Cleaning Companies

    By Madhukar Dubey - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: CHD, ECL, PBH

    The American Cleaning Institute includes more than 100 manufacturers that are producing nearly 90% of all cleaning products. This industry has an annual market of nearly $30 billion in the U.S. The companies in this industry are adopting various strategic steps to deepen their foothold in other growing markets, while also diversifying cleaning product portfolios and acquiring other fast growing business segments.

    Let's take a look at three more »

  • How Cleaner Fracking Can Put Green in Your Pockets

    By Joseph Porter - July 12, 2013 | Tickers: ECL, HAL, SI | Editor's Choice

    Hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, is a controversial oil- and gas-producing practice. Much effort has been expended to address environmental concerns associated with fracking. The focus here will be on fracking water, one of fracking's more tangible problems. We'll examine three companies with longstanding and profitable operations that have joined the effort to make fracking cleaner.

    The solution is the problem

    The fracking procedure is fairly simple more »

  • Is This a Top-Notch Defensive Play?

    By Dan Moskowitz - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: ECL, JNJ, PG

    Even if you’re bullish on the market, downside risks exist. Eventually, rising interest rates, increased taxes, European austerity, a slowdown in China, our own country's enormous debt, or a black swan event could occur and lead to a steep correction.

    Whatever the case may be, you want to be prepared as an investor. Investing in large-cap companies that pay healthy dividends can at least limit downside risk. These more »

  • A Good Company Like This Retains Customers

    By Mark Lin - June 24, 2013 | Tickers: ECL, ROL, CLX

    Ecolab (NYSE: ECL) operates in four business segments: Global Institutional, Global Industrial, Global Energy and Other.

    The Global Institutional segment comprises of its cleaning and sanitizing solutions for dish washing equipment, restaurants and grocery chains; its hygiene and disinfection solutions for the medical industry.

    Cleaning and sanitation solutions with respect to food processing, water treatment solutions for industrial markets, and pulp processing solutions are part of Ecolab's Global Industrial more »

  • How to Profit From the Graying of America

    By Louie Grint - June 17, 2013 | Tickers: ECL, HCSG

    The so-called graying of America opens possibilities for many industries. Certainly, companies that are involved in the cleaning and maintenance of hospitals and healthcare facilities and its suppliers will be able to benefit from this trend. Today, 24% of the American population’s age is 50 and over, and this percentage is expected to increase in the future.

    Let’s analyze three companies involved in these services.

    Good quarter results more »

  • This Chemical Business Is Relatively Cheap

    By Anh HOANG - June 16, 2013 | Tickers: DD, EMN, ECL

    Since September 2011, shares of Eastman Chemical (NYSE: EMN) have gained more than 110%, from $33.50 per share to more than $71 per share. The stock is in the portfolios of many investors, including Leon Cooperman, Ray Dalio and Jeremy Grantham. Recently, Barron’s featured Eastman Chemical, believing that with the Solutia acquisition Eastman Chemical’s share price could experience a 35% rise to around $96 per share. Let more »

  • Should We Expect Another Rally in This Space?

    By Zain Abbas - June 14, 2013 | Tickers: CEB, ECL, RHI

    Given the sharp upward move by the market in 2013, it would be a good time to provide an updated assessment of where the analysts see the most value within the business and professional services coverage.

    Overall, every company in the business services sector has grown in terms of market cap for the year. However, does that mean that there is no more room for capital appreciation? Which is the more »

  • Solid Investments Backed by a Strong Vision

    By Nick Chiu - June 3, 2013 | Tickers: ECL, MSFT, RSG

    Bill Gates recently reclaimed his number one position as the world's richest person and extended his lead over Carlos Slim with $72.9 billion in net worth as of May 28, 2013. This lead was driven by several of Bill Gates' major holdings, including the ones controlled through his investment vehicle Cascade Investment LLC, such as Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), Ecolab (NYSE: ECL), and Republic Services (NYSE: RSG).

    As seen more »

  • Hedge Fund Merchants’ Gate Capital’s Stock Picks for 2013

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - February 14, 2013 | Tickers: ARG, CHRW, ECL, EXPD, SLB

    Merchants’ Gate Capital, a hedge fund managed by Jason Capello, recently filed its 13F for the fourth quarter of 2012. This wave of 13f filings from hedge funds and other major investors discloses many of the long equity positions that each owned at the end of December--in other words, what they liked going into 2013. We use 13F filings in a number of ways. One way is to collect them more »

  • Will You Clean Up With These Cleaning Product Stocks?

    By Chris Hodge - January 22, 2013 | Tickers: CHD, ECL, SCL

    I love cleaning. There's just something about the smell of bleach that takes me back to childhood. There are tons of companies, such as 3M and Johnson & Johnson, that make household and cleaning products. But what about companies where the household product, and more specifically the cleaning product is their bread and butter? What makes them special? I'd like to find out, and more importantly find out if more »

  • Ecolab's Case For Financial Re-engineering

    By Bob Chandler - January 7, 2013 | Tickers: BHI, CJES, ECL, RES

    Ecolab (NYSE: ECL) is a chemical company that historically specialized in cleaning and sanitizing products and services. The company is probably not very well known but could offer an interesting investment opportunity because of a current business transformation via financial re-engineering.

    Ecolab, based on mainly its cleaning & sanitizing business, had core 2011 annual revenues of around $6.6 billion. In December 2011 it started its transformation with the highly levered more »

  • The Future Contains Lots of Pulp

    By Maxxwell A.R. Chatsko - November 29, 2012 | Tickers: UFS, ECL, IBM, IP, LMT | Editor's Choice

    “Ben, just one word. Are you listening? Plastics.”

                                                                                        -Mr. McGuire in The Graduate (1967)

    The infamous movie quote came after Ben was asked what he planned to do with his future. He wasn’t very upbeat about the lack of direction in his life, but you should have a much clearer investment strategy. And it should probably include the next game-changing, world-transforming material: nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC).

    What?

    Yes, NCC should more »

  • Avoid This Consumer Products Company

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - October 1, 2012 | Tickers: CHD, CL, ECL, PG, SCL

    Ecolab Inc. (NYSE: ECL) is a $19 billion market cap cleaning products company whose products include kitchen cleaners, sanitizers, and antimicrobial products. According to our database of 13F filings, the largest hedge fund holder of Ecolab at the end of June was Eagle Capital Management; the fund reported a position of 8.6 million shares, up slightly from the beginning of April. Jason Capello’s Merchants’ Gate Capital cut its more »

  • Merchants’ Gate Capital’s Top Stock Picks

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - September 30, 2012 | Tickers: ECL, EXPD, JCP, SLB, UPS

    Merchants’ Gate Capital is a relative newcomer to the hedge fund community, opening in 2007 with about $650 million in assets under management. It must be doing well, however; by 2011, it was ranked as one of the 100 largest U.S. equity focused hedge funds. In August, the fund filed its 13F with the SEC in which it disclosed many of its positions as of the end of June more »

  • Kronos Worldwide Will Hit $25 by Next Summer

    By Soroush Pour - August 8, 2012 | Tickers: DD, ECL, HUN, KRO, MOS

    Officially a subsidiary of Valhi, Inc. (which is discussed here in greater detail), Kronos Worldwide (NYSE: KRO) produces titanium dioxide, a pigment used in the manufacturing of paint, paper and plastic.  Although it is naturally white, titanium dioxide plays well with others, as it is used to mix with every other color under the sun. Over the past month, shares of KRO have returned 13.4%, outpacing the basic materials more »

  • Investing in Immigrants - Primary, Secondary, & Tertiary Reasons for Visa Reform

    By Nick Slepko - July 18, 2012 | Tickers: ADM, ADSK, ECL, FSL, WY

    [continued from "Investing in Immigrants - The Future of Engineering Looks Good for California, Baja California"]

    Minnesota-based global sanitation and chemicals major Ecolabs (NYSE: ECL) believes it will be able to almost double its revenues if it can find the talent it needs to hit its stated goal of $11 billion in revenue and capitalize on its recent merger.  Chairman, President, and CEO Douglas Baker has also expressed concern that, “Currently more »

  • Can you Clean Up with this Dividend Aristocrat?

    By Chad Henage - July 5, 2012 | Tickers: MMM, ASH, ECL, PG

    There is one name you need to know if you want to get something clean, Ecolab (NYSE: ECL). The company has products for cleaning and treating just about everything you could touch. From cleaners and sanitizers for dishes, glasses, and kitchen equipment, to water treatment and janitorial cleaning supplies. In an interesting mix of businesses, the company also offers energy services, and solutions for the oil & gas industry. Investors might know Ecolab for another reason, the company has increased its dividend for over 25 straight years. This is great news if you've owned Ecolab during this time, but what about those of us who might be considering Ecolab today?

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