Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, trash hauler Waste Management (NYS: WM) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Waste Management's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
Waste Management facts
CEO David Steiner (since 2004)
CFO Robert Simpson (since 2004)
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)
$371 million / $9.1 billion
Casella Waste Systems (NAS: CWST)
Republic Services (NYS: RSG)
Waste Connections (NYS: WCN)
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 98% of the 2,385 members who have rated Waste Management believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include fellow Fool Nathan Alderman (TMFNato), who is ranked in the top 5% of our community, and idahogeo.
Just last month, Nathan tapped Waste Management as an ideal long-term opportunity: "We'll always have garbage. And this company isn't just hauling the stuff away -- it's finding new and innovative uses for the stuff we throw out, from recycling to alternative energy generation."
Waste Management's three-year average return on equity (16%) even tops that of competitors Republic Services (6%) and Waste Connections (10%), let alone Casella's -37% average ROE.
CAPS member idahogeo elaborates on the bull case:
The trash needs to be picked up every week and no one picks up more trash than [Waste Management], so the core business is relevant for the long haul (pun intended). In addition, there is growth potential in energy production (landfill gas is largely methane) and raw materials can be extricated from the recycling stream.
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