4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Covanta

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, energy-from-waste technologist Covanta Holding (NYS: CVA) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Covanta's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Covanta facts

Headquarters (founded)

Morristown, N.J. (1960)

Market Cap

$2.1 billion


Environmental and facilities services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$1.7 billion


CEO Anthony Orlando (since 2004)
CFO Sanjiv Khattri (since 2010)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$267.0 million / $2.2 billion

Dividend Yield



Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 96% of the 349 members who have rated Covanta believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just the other day, one of those Fools, kurtdabear, brought Covanta's improving fundamentals to our community's attention:"[Covanta] has recently made great strides in restoring shareholder value and securing the company's future by raising dividends, buying back shares and restructuring debt. The new debt arrangements have increased flexibility and availability of credit while also extending the average debt maturity by six years."

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At the time thisarticle was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of Covanta and Waste Management. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of and creating a write covered strangle position in Waste Management. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.

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