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 (NYSE: 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
|Headquarters (Founded)||Houston (1987)|
|Market Cap||$16.1 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$13.2 billion|
|Management||CEO David Steiner (since 2004)
CFO Steven Preston (since 2011)
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||15.7%|
|Cash/Debt||$282.0 million / $9.7 billion|
|Competitors||Casella Waste Systems
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 98% of the 2,576 members who have rated Waste Management believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
The best companies to own for the long haul are ones that share a few key characteristics:
• They provide a necessary product or service.
• They build difficult to surmount barriers to competition.
• They directly reward their shareholders for the risks of investing, and
• They don't over-leverage their balance sheets with too much debt.
One of the few companies that fit all those criteria is trash kingpin Waste Management.
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