Waste Management

  • Why You Should Avoid The Waste Management Industry, For Now

    By Bob Ciura - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: RSG, VE, WM

    The waste management industry in the United States is a very concentrated one, with high barriers to entry and what Warren Buffett would call a wide economic moat. In short, it’s extremely hard for new entrants to swoop in and steal business from the established players.

    The two biggest publicly-traded waste management companies that take the bulk of the market are Waste Management (NYSE: WM) and Republic Services (NYSE: RSGmore »)

  • Recession-Proof Your Portfolio

    By Ted Cooper - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: AAP, PFE, WM

    It is becoming clear that the Federal Reserve cannot continue to artificially prop up asset prices in a terrible economic environment. The data suggest that the U.S. could be headed for another recession in the coming quarters. Therefore, investors would be wise to recession-proof their portfolios.

    Some companies are better at weathering downturns than others because their products either are critical to the functioning of their customers or cater more »

  • The Emissions “Game Changer” You Shouldn't Miss

    By Reuben Brewer - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: CLNE, UPS, WM

    United Parcel Service (NYSE: UPS) recently called natural gas a “game changer” for vehicle emissions. That's true, and companies like UPS, Waste Management (NYSE: WM), and Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ: CLNE) are ahead of the curve.

    Garbage collection relies on a large number of vehicles that perform the same tasks every day on a regular basis. Large numbers of garbage trucks are owned by individual companies and normally all more »

  • Aggressive Acquisitions Could Hamper Future Growth

    By Harriet Tramer - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: GOOG, UL, WM

    Investors might purchase stock in a company that is “going green” not only because they want to support environmentally friendly practices but also because they view these practices as being an indication of all around sound management.

    But does that mean they should be attracted to Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), Waste Management (NYSE: WM) or Unilever (NYSE: UL) which have all been lauded for showing concerns about their environment? Not necessarily more »

  • Trash Can Be Sexy

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: BIN, RSG, WM

    Let's face it--collecting trash isn't the sexiest of businesses, but boy does it bring in the cash. Billionaires have taken notice of this too, namely mega billionaire Bill Gates. His Gates Foundation Trust has been a long-time believer of Republic Services (NYSE: RSG), and more recently took notice of Waste Management (NYSE: WM)

    The Gates Foundation Trust owns over 18.6 million shares of Waste Management, which is more »

  • Trash Could Help Recession-Proof Your Portfolio

    By Phillip Woolgar - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: SRCL, WCN, WM

    Even during stock market booms, like the one we are experiencing right now, it is important to set your portfolio up so that it can withstand the turbulence encountered by recessions. Wast management is an industry that is well supported during good times and bad. Let's take a look at three of the major players that can help stabilize your portfolio in case of a drop.

    Wast Connections keeps more »

  • Be Wary of These Stocks With Weak Dividend Growth

    By Justin Pope - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: T, TR, WM

    When it comes to how I construct my portfolio, I seek companies that increase their dividends over time. As a dividend growth investor, I want to avoid companies that are not growing dividends at a rate above inflation. I also want to avoid those that are slowing down dividend growth.

    Let's look at some companies that I would be cautious investing in long term. We will inspect valuation metrics more »

  • Is This Waste Management Company a Good Investment?

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: ECOL, WCN, WM

    Waste Management (NYSE: WM), the $20 billion market cap trash and recycling collection services company, got off to a slow start for the year going by its 10-Q for the first quarter of 2013. During the quarter, revenue and earnings both came in about flat versus a year earlier. It makes sense that the company’s business would be more or less stable over time.

    However, markets have liked the more »

  • This Company Keeps Its Healthcare Clients Safe

    By Mark Lin - July 21, 2013 | Tickers: RSG, SRCL, WM

    It is easy to be skeptical of companies who do a lot of M&A or are in boring businesses such as waste disposal. This company will prove you wrong. Stericycle (NASDAQ: SRCL) is a medical waste disposal company providing its customers with regulated waste management and other related services such as regulated recall, returns management, and patient communication.

    Stellar financial track record validates attractive business

    Stericycle’s financial track more »

  • Paving the Way to Sustainable Earnings Growth

    By Wes Patoka - July 16, 2013 | Tickers: IBM, RSG, WMT, WM

    Large companies have been looking for ways to increase profitability in every way possible. Some are doing it by shaking up the types of product offerings, while others are making use of resources that were otherwise unproductive. The techniques great management teams use have been helping drive profits in big ways. 

    Increase margins

    International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM) has been slow to increase revenue recently, as uncertainty in healthcare costs more »

  • Making Money From Trash With This Stock

    By Mark Lin - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: HCCI, WCN, WM

    Investors are always worried about a recession affecting a company's revenue or that business ceding market share to its competitors. Picking a recession- resistant company with recurring revenue solves the problem. Waste Management (NYSE: WM), which provides waste-management services to a variety of residential, commercial, and municipal clients in North America, is a company with these characteristics.

    Local regulatory barriers keep competitors at bay

    Waste Management’s regulatory licenses more »

  • Energy-From-Waste: A Potential Growth Segment

    By usman iftikhar - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: CVA, WCN, WM

    The global energy crisis is one of the most pressing matter these days. Countries are taking efficient initiatives to increase their energy supply and energy-from-waste is one of them. A number of companies in the U.S. are operating in this business segment. All they do is collect waste material and transform it into electricity and metals. The concept has wide acceptance and is projected to grow in the future more »

  • How to Play Natural Gas Vehicles

    By Piyush Arora - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: CMI, WM, WPRT

    It’s a well known fact that with the growing environmental concerns, the demand for clean energy is rising. In fact, the U.S government is promoting the use of clean energy, so that the crude surplus increases, leading to a rise in crude exports, which will eventually improve its trade deficit. Although Tesla Motors is doing a fine job in providing an emission free mode of travel, the truth more »

  • Why Is This a Stable Alternative Energy Play?

    By Mike Thiessen - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: RSG, SRCL, WM

    Waste Management (NYSE: WM) is a provider of disposal, collection and recycling services in North America. Most investors are likely familiar with the company’s green bins and trash-collection services. However, investors may be less aware of the significant recycling and energy recovery businesses the company is involved with. The company has reported that it can produce over 550 megawatts of electricity, enough to power more than 440,000 homes more »

  • ‘Trash Talk’ Now Mostly Positive

    By Howard Rothman - July 1, 2013 | Tickers: CLH, RSG, SRCL, WCN, WM

    Talking trash might get you into trouble on the basketball court, but in investment circles it might make you some money. That’s because the Big 3 waste service firms — Waste Management (NYSE: WM), Republic Services (NYSE: RSG) and Waste Connections (NYSE: WCN) — are all riding a positive wave that I expect to continue.

    As the trio prepares to announce second quarter results at the end of July, the segment more »

  • Find Cash in Trash

    By Damian Illia - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: CLH, RSG, WCN, WM

    When I was little, my mom and grandma used to tell me that one man's trash is another man's treasure. Clean Harbors (NYSE: CLH), Waste Connections (NYSE: WCN) and Republic Services (NYSE: RSG) are proof that they weren't wrong. These companies have built highly profitable, multi-billion-dollar businesses out of waste management. Let’s take a look at them and try to elucidate if they are good long-term more »

  • Could You Turn Trash Into Treasure With These Stocks?

    By Bob Ciura - June 20, 2013 | Tickers: RSG, VE, WM

    Garbage is big business. It might seem silly, but it’s true. The industry might seem more appropriate for a segment on Dirty Jobs, but there’s serious money to be made from trash. In fact, one of the major industry players, Waste Management (NYSE: WM), is a favorite among income investors for its market-beating yield.

    After considerable rallies, Waste Management and close peer Republic Services (NYSE: RSG) now trade more »

  • From Trash to Treasure, This Company Provides Stable Cash Flow

    By Nick Chiu - June 14, 2013 | Tickers: RSG, WCN, WM

    One man's trash is another man's treasure explains the profit model for Republic Services (NYSE: RSG). Republic Services, the second-largest provider of non-hazardous, integrated solid-waste management services in the United States as measured by revenue.

    Revenue and consolidation

    The solid-waste industry is a mature market, and Republic Services has a mature business and financial strategy to stay competitive. Republic Services generates stable revenue, as a large portion of more »

  • This Waste Disposal Company Looks Interesting After the Recent Acquisition

    By Anh HOANG - June 12, 2013 | Tickers: CLH, RSG, WM

    Clean Harbors (NYSE: CLH) has not been performing well on the market since the beginning of 2012. The stock's price has declined from around $64 per share at the beginning of 2012 to $54.80 per share at the time of writing. As of March 2013, Clean Harbors is in the portfolio of Ron Baron and Steven Cohen. Is it a good buy at its current price? Let’s more »

  • This Energy-from-Waste Stock Is Expensive

    By Anh HOANG - June 11, 2013 | Tickers: CVA, WCN, WM

    Covanta Holding (NYSE: CVA) has lagged the overall market this year. As the S&P 500 has returned more than 15.2% in the past six months, Covanta Holding has generated only 8.6% during the same period. Joel Greenblatt and Steven Cohen exited this stock in the first quarter 2013. However, it seems to be a decent dividend paying company, offering investors nice dividend yield at 3.3%. Should more »

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