Why Waste Management Will Outperform in 2013

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 and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Waste Management facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Houston (1987)

Market Cap

$16.4 billion

Industry

Environmental and facilities services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$13.6 billion

Management

CEO David Steiner (since 2004)
CFO Steven Preston (since 2011)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)

15.4%

Cash/Debt

$398.0 million / $10.0 billion

Dividend Yield

4%

Competitors

Casella Waste Systems (NASDAQ: CWST  )
Republic Services
(NYSE: RSG  )
Safety-Kleen

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

On CAPS, 98% of the 2,699 members who have rated Waste Management believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those bulls, Kenosh, succinctly summed up the Waste Management bull case for our community:

As the economy improves, so will the recycling markets and energy prices, two areas that [Waste Management] excels at and many do not see it. Now they are partnering with [waste-to-energy] companies. Charge to bury non-recylables on a per ton basis and then sell the same ton to turn it into energy? Sounds like a plan to me.

Of course, this short pitch doesn't even come close to telling the entire story for Waste Management. You're in luck, though. The Fool's brand-new premium report on Waste Management tells all sides of the story for one of the most compelling dividend stocks in the market. You can grab your copy now, which comes with free updates for 12 months, by just clicking here.

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