Hedge Funds Are Crazy About US Ecology Inc. (ECOL)

US Ecology Inc. (NASDAQ:ECOL) was in 7 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of December. ECOL has experienced an increase in hedge fund interest lately. There were 6 hedge funds in our database with ECOL positions at the end of the previous quarter.

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Now, we’re going to take a look at the recent action regarding US Ecology Inc. (NASDAQ:ECOL).

What have hedge funds been doing with US Ecology Inc. (NASDAQ:ECOL)?

At year’s end, a total of 7 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 17% from the third quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes significantly.

US Ecology Inc. (NASDAQ:ECOL)According to our comprehensive database, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies had the largest position in US Ecology Inc. (NASDAQ:ECOL), worth close to $2 million, comprising less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Chuck Royce of Royce & Associates, with a $1 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedgies that hold long positions include D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

As aggregate interest increased, key money managers have been driving this bullishness. Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, established the largest position in US Ecology Inc. (NASDAQ:ECOL). Millennium Management had 0.6 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter.

How have insiders been trading US Ecology Inc. (NASDAQ:ECOL)?

Bullish insider trading is best served when the company in question has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the last 180-day time period, US Ecology Inc. (NASDAQ:ECOL) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and 6 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to US Ecology Inc. (NASDAQ:ECOL). These stocks are Darling International Inc. (NYSE:DAR), Casella Waste Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:CWST), TRC Companies, Inc. (NYSE:TRR), Heckmann Corporation (NYSE:HEK), and EnergySolutions, Inc. (NYSE:ES). This group of stocks belong to the waste management industry and their market caps match ECOL’s market cap.