Ecolab Stock To Go Ex-dividend Tomorrow (ECL)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for Ecolab (NYSE: ECL) is tomorrow, December 14, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 23 cents per share. At a price of $70.50 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.3%.

The average volume for Ecolab has been 1.4 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Ecolab has a market cap of $21.24 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 25.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

Ecolab Inc. develops and markets programs, products, and services for the hospitality, foodservice, healthcare, industrial, and energy markets. The company has a P/E ratio of 38, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Ecolab as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. You can view the full Ecolab Ratings Report.

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