4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Republic Services

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, waste hauler Republic Services (NYS: RSG) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Republic Services facts

Headquarters (founded)

Phoenix (1996)

Market Cap

$10.2 billion


Waste management

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$8.2 billion


CEO Donald Slager
CFO Tod Holmes

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$73.5 million / $6.9 billion

Dividend Yield



Waste Industries
Waste Management

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 543 members who have rated Republic Services believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those bulls, JohnCLeven, highlighted the stock's recent dip as a good time to follow an investment great:

Buying after that 15% drop. Solid business and a great price. I'm calculating a margin of safety around 30-40%. In fact, Lou Simpson bought [Republic Services] for Berkshire Hathaway in 2009 for about the SAME price. This is 2012. The business is worth more now than it was in 2009. Perhaps most important, however, is the fact that Lou Simpson is much smarter than I am. Long term hold.

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At the time thisarticle was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Republic Services, Waste Management, and Berkshire, as well as creating a write covered strangle position in Waste Management. The Motley Fool owns shares of Waste Management and Berkshire. 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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