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Small Cap Stars: Three Green Ways to Make Green

By  +Follow November 25, 2013 8:48AM
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The traditional perspective of the entrepreneur is a decidedly anti-environmental one. Doing something for the environment inevitably means hurting the bottom line for businesses. However, it doesn’t have to be one or the other. There’s plenty of ways to help the planet and make plenty of cash in the process, especially as industries around the world start looking for greener, more-efficient ways to operate.

Now, a savvy investor has any number of ways directing their capital that will benefit companies focused on environmentally responsible products without sacrificing any of the big returns they’re hoping for. And the Small-Cap Stars from Equities.com is no stranger to green companies with big returns. Our fundamental analysis of small-cap companies provides a clear methodology for identifying those stocks that are positioned to succeed based on an examination of other successful firms in their industry. And, so far, these companies have provided returns in excess of 35 percent in 2013.

So here’s a look at three small-cap industrial goods companies that are building products that help businesses operate in a more environmentally-friendly fashion.

CECO Environmental Corporation (CECE)

Market cap: $402.373 million

YTD return: 63.53 percent

CECO is a producer of air pollution control technology, producing products that reduce and eliminate toxic emissions from industrial processes. The company was already having a solid year through the first three quarters, up almost 35 percent. However, it kicked into another gear into another gear in October after a solid Q3 earnings report, and it’s up almost 20 percent just since the start of September.

US Ecology, Inc. (ECOL)

Market cap: $697.454 million

YTD return: 56.51 percent

US Ecology is in the business of cleaning things up. Through its subsidiaries, they provide hazardous, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB),  radioactive, and non-hazardous industrial waste management and recycling services for a variety of commercial and government entities that can include medical and academic institutions, electric utilities, refineries and chemical production facilities, manufacturers, and steel mills. The company saw a more-than 13 percent spike on October 29 after releasing a major earnings beat.

Fuel Tech, Inc. (FTEK)

Market cap: $135.629 million

YTD return: 34.46 percent

Fuel Tech provides air pollution reduction and boiler optimization solutions for industrial and utility companies, operating in the Air Pollution Control (APC) segment and Fuel Chem technology segment. Their fuel chem technology improves the efficiency and reliability by controlling slagging, fouling, and corrosion through the addition of chemicals to fuel. Their APC segment reduces the emission of mono-nitrogen oxide emissions in flue gas from incinerators, boilers, furnaces, and other stationary combustion units. It was the APC unit's major impovement that helped the company produce the excellent Q3 earnings that sparked an 18 percent gain on November 12.

Results for ECOL
Lutz Braune
16 Apr 14 23:27:04
$ECOL Recreational opportunities bountiful in coming months http://t.co/Oreadl5qtW
MarketScreener
16 Apr 14 06:47:21
US Ecology Inc: The stock is testing its highs. $ECOL http://t.co/2C3bccwQNA http://t.co/GXEnb522L2
Stephen P Kendal
16 Apr 14 06:23:10
$ECOL #LongTermBullish 10dMA=$39.76. 20dMA=$38.46. 50dMA=$37.08. 100dMA=$36.88. #200dMA =$33.78. Price=$43.83. http://t.co/V08vmoDPB4
12Stocks.com
16 Apr 14 03:01:24
Weekly SmallCap #Stocks Trend $GDP $GMO $CSH $RTK $CHDX $CONN $BEBE $FXEN $HK $GLOG $ECOL $CRK $AE more@ http://t.co/jIGfl7ofoU
G. Thomas Lackey, Jr
15 Apr 14 16:50:38
The Nitrous Scan 4/15/2014 http://t.co/fUVrE91sh5 $POM $RNR $ECOL $NU $RDS.A $BGS $DRE $CLX
Stock Herald
15 Apr 14 14:17:10
$ECOL: US Ecology Announces Schedule for Its First Quarter 2014 Earnings Rele... http://t.co/9iJnWEQUPH
MarketNews
15 Apr 14 14:10:33
$ECOL - US Ecology Announces Schedule for Its First Quarter 2014 Earnings Rele... -> http://t.co/PxaQC4rtI8 #stock #stocks #stockaction
4-traders.com
15 Apr 14 14:05:02
US Ecology : Announces Schedule for Its First Quarter 2014 Earnings Release and Conference Call http://t.co/W8txkCJ38g $ECOL
$Stocknewsalerts
15 Apr 14 14:03:29
$ECOL US Ecology Announces Schedule for Its First Quarter 2014 Earnings Release and Conference Call
Small Cap Strategist
15 Apr 14 11:23:32
US Ecology $ECOL continues climb higher as investors tune into potential in proposed acquisition - http://t.co/alKb6jPz6C #stockcharts
MarketScreener
15 Apr 14 10:38:34
US Ecology Inc: The stock is testing its highs. $ECOL http://t.co/F8BFIqBk7A http://t.co/zId4bRXKMJ
12Stocks.com
15 Apr 14 08:50:53
SmallCap #Stocks Trend $TPLM $CWEI $CRK $BCEI $JNS $KNX $WTI $GDP $ANDE $ECOL $LG $NWE $NR $BGCP $TNAV more@ http://t.co/jIGfl7ofoU
Mr.Incredible
15 Apr 14 07:36:49
$ECOL pretty strong on down days also! Easy $50 in coming sessions imo
clearTREND Research
15 Apr 14 07:03:48
clearTREND Research DOWNGRADES US Waste & Disposal Services Sector $SRCL $CLH $WCN $WM $ADES $RSG $ECOL $SCHN $BIN $TTEK $CVA $HCCI $EEI $S
12Stocks.com
15 Apr 14 03:01:15
Weekly SmallCap #Stocks Trend $GDP $TITN $CSH $ZIGO $RT $ECOL $AE $JAKK $RTK $HK $RAD $IGTE $WBMD more@ http://t.co/jIGfl7ofoU
12Stocks.com
14 Apr 14 12:58:48
SmallCap #Stocks Trend $CSH $GLOG $CPE $EXAM $RT $WTI $ECOL $KND $FRNK $IGTE $PPC $JAKK $LBY $AVID more@ http://t.co/jIGfl7ofoU
Bill Gunderson
14 Apr 14 10:16:29
$ECOL continues to break loose. #25 overall. No position. Thinly traded.
Mr.Incredible
14 Apr 14 07:39:53
$ECOL $IBN HOD
MarketScreener
14 Apr 14 06:47:29
US Ecology Inc: The stock is testing its highs. $ECOL http://t.co/F8BFIqBk7A http://t.co/YvR1BuesEb
Small Cap Strategist
14 Apr 14 04:48:30
Weekly Comments - US Ecology $ECOL - pending acquisition changes balance sheet, earnings; valuation implications - http://t.co/ikt2VRw9SM
12Stocks.com
14 Apr 14 03:01:05
Weekly SmallCap #Stocks Trend $WTI $TITN $ZIGO $AXAS $RT $ECOL $AVID $RTK $JAKK $IGTE $CSH $GLOG $LBY more@ http://t.co/jIGfl7ofoU
JCPAfonso
13 Apr 14 22:40:11
New 52 - Week Highs $ZIGO $YONG $VMBS $VCSH $USAK $SIR $PRSC $PICB $KEP $HYS $GPOR $ERF $ECOL $CXDC $AXAS $ALGT http://t.co/wVG7bknQwQ
Stephen P Kendal
13 Apr 14 13:58:28
US #BullishBuySignals. $AP $AXAS $BBW $BCCI $BPL $CHDX $CM $CSVI $CTRP $CXDC $DMLP $ECOL $EGY $ENG $FNHC $GA $GPOR http://t.co/xEmXWQ75Ur
finsents
12 Apr 14 04:14:03
Best #Sentiment 12Apr #NASDAQ $ECOL , $ZIGO , $CHDN , $AVGO , $BMC , $KRFT , $SFLY , $HIFS , $STRA , $HCSG , $LSBK http://t.co/PdbezymqZT
12Stocks.com
12 Apr 14 03:01:01
Weekly SmallCap #Stocks Trend $WTI $TITN $ZIGO $AXAS $RT $ECOL $AVID $RTK $JAKK $IGTE $CSH $GLOG $LBY more@ http://t.co/jIGfl7ofoU
12Stocks.com
11 Apr 14 16:01:09
SmallCap #Stocks Trend $ZIGO $JAKK $TITN $RTK $AVID $CSH $ECOL $GLOG $WTI $AXAS $RT $LBY $IGTE $GDP more@ http://t.co/jIGfl7ofoU
doughstream
11 Apr 14 12:29:20
Sold $CUR, $ECOL, remaining $GGAL, and $YPF for -4%, +10%, +26%, and +3%. Raising some cash to buy the Monday/Tue crash!
Bill Gunderson
11 Apr 14 11:53:31
Very nice breakout on $ECOL #243 overall. No current position. This is a very DIFFERENT market from last year!
Mr. Breakout
11 Apr 14 11:09:55
Here's a couple more that hit All Time New Highs 2day: $ECOL $BXE
Mr.Incredible
11 Apr 14 10:15:47
$ECOL HOD. This is a $50+ stock news from couple days ago but vol tell not many people noticed it http://t.co/saHiajXhVg
Mr.Incredible
11 Apr 14 10:02:47
***New Trade*** Bought $ECOL breakout play + numbers http://t.co/lAsd3wAUfP
MarketScreener
11 Apr 14 09:07:33
US Ecology Inc: The stock is testing its highs. $ECOL http://t.co/F8BFIqBk7A http://t.co/1XeAue2RMY
12Stocks.com
11 Apr 14 03:26:45
Weekly SmallCap #Stocks Trend $RT $AXAS $IGTE $TITN $ECOL $IFT $RTK $NSIT $LNDC $PRLB $WRLD $GTN $TREX more@ http://t.co/jIGfl7ofoU
12Stocks.com
11 Apr 14 03:00:58
Weekly SmallCap #Stocks Trend $RT $AXAS $IGTE $TITN $ECOL $IFT $RTK $NSIT $LNDC $PRLB $WRLD $GTN $TREX more@ http://t.co/jIGfl7ofoU
12Stocks.com
11 Apr 14 03:00:57
Weekly Smallcap #Stocks Performance $DJCO $VOCS $DRL $CPSS $RT $AXAS $IGTE $CTCT $QCOR $TITN $ECOL $MYE more@ http://t.co/jIGfl7ofoU
$Stocknewsalerts
10 Apr 14 11:39:24
$ECOL ALERT: New US Ecology, Inc. SEC Filing
Ticker Report
10 Apr 14 07:42:18
US Ecology Upgraded by Wells Fargo & Co. to Outperform $ECOL http://t.co/IPzsHTJplI
MarketScreener
10 Apr 14 06:46:29
US Ecology Inc: The stock is testing its highs. $ECOL http://t.co/F8BFIqBk7A http://t.co/JA5hx9xJMs
PlaceTrader
10 Apr 14 05:43:03
$ECOL Can the Uptrend Continue for US Ecology (ECOL)? http://t.co/6cOmxcoRcx
GavinGreenberg
10 Apr 14 05:31:35
$ECOL Can the Uptrend Continue for US Ecology (ECOL)? http://t.co/A8XroYU60b
stocknews247
10 Apr 14 05:17:05
$ECOL - Can the Uptrend Continue for US Ecology (ECOL)? -> http://t.co/pez0s33jZN #stock #stocks #stockaction
Don Fishback
10 Apr 14 04:45:41
1 Day Increase in ATM IV (Point change) $KOG, $APO, $ECOL, $MNST, $NMM http://t.co/Jd4BSVVXmG
OptionApps
10 Apr 14 04:45:41
1 Day Increase in ATM IV (Point change) $KOG, $APO, $ECOL, $MNST, $NMM http://t.co/VkBlLJSweL
Michael Davey
9 Apr 14 18:28:14
Updated Higher Highs, 1st after pivot low list2 @Marketsmith Post: http://t.co/ex8xv6tBvG $NYLD $ONNN $KOG $ECOL $SLCA $MGA $CLR $TTM $DE
12Stocks.com
9 Apr 14 16:01:03
SmallCap #Stocks Trend $GTN $TSYS $ECOL $NXST $MNKD $AGM $SBGI $CENX $PPO $AXAS $QCOR $RPXC $KOG $CVLT more@ http://t.co/jIGfl7ofoU
12Stocks.com
9 Apr 14 16:01:03
Smallcap #Stocks Performance $CTCT $UEC $GTN $PTX $RSYS $CYTK $PCRX $HPTX $AMRI $DMRC $TSYS $SNTA $ECOL more@ http://t.co/jIGfl7ofoU
Investor Wand
9 Apr 14 15:17:47
Is $ECOL a BUY? Keybanc Capital Markets thinks so:http://t.co/uoEqy6wEAn
Barron's 400 Index
9 Apr 14 14:21:23
The Barron's 400 advances 1.37%, buoyed by Federal Reserve minutes. US Ecology $ECOL and Facebook $FB among winners. http://t.co/rRAQasKyMv
Stephen P Kendal
9 Apr 14 13:43:59
$ECOL US Ecology Inc. #Stocks #HighVolume buying Wed 09-Apr. Volume=605,363. 52WkH=$42.54. 52WkL=$25.24. Current price=$42.26. +9.8%.
				
				
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