4-Star Stocks Making Moves: Ecolab

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Ecolab (NYSE: ECL  ) , which provides chemicals and services for water and wastewater treatment, has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Ecolab's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Ecolab facts

Headquarters (founded)

St. Paul, Minn. (1924)

Market Cap

$19.4 billion

Industry

Specialty chemicals

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$9.4 billion

Management

Chairman/CEO Douglas Baker, Jr.

President/COO Thomas Handley

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

21.1%

Cash/Debt

$304.9 million / $6.3 billion

Dividend Yield

1.3%

Competitors

Diversey

ISS A/S

The ServiceMaster Company

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 95% of the 277 members who have rated Ecolab believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those bulls, fellow Fool Andy Cross (TMFOpie), applauded Ecolab's recent move to purchase specialty chemical company Champion Technologies: "Building out its various platforms and deepening its moat/relationships with clients. The Champion acquisition gives it another foot into an important and growing industry to go along with Nalco. Green thumbs up."

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara has no positions in the stocks mentioned above. The Motley Fool owns shares of Ecolab. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.


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