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Will Waste Management Clean up in 2013?

Dan Caplinger
January 2, 2013

As 2013 begins, now's a good time to look at the future prospects for the stocks you own. If you don't know where a company's headed in the next year and beyond, then it's impossible to make an informed decision about whether you should add the stock to your portfolio -- or sell it if you already own it.

Today, I'll look at Waste Management (NYSE: WM). The trash and recycling specialist managed to post decent gains in 2012, but stronger competition is starting to take its toll on the company's dynasty. Below, you'll learn more about Waste Management's prospects for 2013.

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Will Waste Management be trash or treasure in 2013?
Waste Management hasn't grown quickly for some time, and analysts don't think 2013 will be much different. With earnings and revenue gains muted at best, the average target price analysts have put on the stock is just 2% higher than its current share price.

The thing that keeps investors coming back to Waste Management is its dividend. With healthy ca