Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link. Yesterday, Sept. 5, 2013, 166 U.S. common stocks issued filings of shares being bought or sold by insiders. The transactions ranged in value from $1.00 to $287,182,000.00. Highlighted Stocks Traded by Insiders: Ecolab (ECL) - FREE Research Report Levin Jerry W who is Director at Ecolab sold 1,075 shares at $92.63 on Sept. 5, 2013. Following this transaction, the Director owned 28,577 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 3.63% with the 1,075 share transaction. The shares most recently traded at $93.23, up $0.60, or 0.64% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Ecolab go as follows:
4-Week # shares bought: 2,000
12-Week # shares bought: 2,000
24-Week # shares bought: 7,935
24-Week # shares sold: 15,837
The average volume for Ecolab has been 1.0 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Ecolab has a market cap of $28.2 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 29.51% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Ecolab Inc. develops and markets programs, products, and services for hospitality, foodservice, healthcare, industrial, and energy markets worldwide. It operates through four segments: Global Industrial, Global Institutional, Global Energy, and Other. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 0.98%. The company has a P/E ratio of 33.6. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Ecolab a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold. Exclusive Offer: Get the latest Stock Analysis on ECL - FREETheStreet Quant Ratings rates Ecolab as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Ecolab Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12-months. Learn more.