Waste Management, Inc. (NYSE:WM)

CAPS Rating: 5 out of 5

Provides waste management services (municipal, commercial, industrial and residential)in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Services include collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery services, and landfill disposal of hazardous wastes.


Player Avatar starbucks4ever (98.54) Submitted: 7/31/2011 7:27:13 PM : Outperform Start Price: $27.84 WM Score: +23.75

It's self-intuitive. What is the main product produced by the Fool.com site? Correct, garbage. Mostly intellectual. But it does give us a hint. Garbage is all around us. In fact, the entire economy we have is garbage. So what's the best stock to pick if not WM? Here we have a virtual monopoly on garbage. City authorities will not even let independent contractors remove garbage. And what else did you expect? After all, most of the city rules regulating garbage disposal is garbage. Hence the green thumb on WM, which is meant as a long-term buy-and-hold pick. With so much garbage around us, can you see a better way to make money than by investing in garbage? Also, WM is cheap. Investing becomes so much more profitable when you can buy a stock at the price of garbage.

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Member Avatar minimumwage (76.78) Submitted: 8/22/2011 1:14:12 PM
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It's the main product pushed by fool.com because they put it in their reports for people to buy. Instead of writing about stocks equally, they push their interests. I wish I could find another site for stocks as user friendly.

Member Avatar rovobo (51.30) Submitted: 8/24/2011 6:09:56 PM
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I expect my grandchildren to cash in on this,when the economy picks up so will the garbarge asJONATHAN WINTERS , used to call it. Thier model for recycling &reclaimation seems to be an efficient one.

Member Avatar JeanDavid (85.52) Submitted: 8/25/2011 10:09:58 AM
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A little before WW-II my grandfather was oppressed by the ever-increasing amount of paperwork he and his fellow citizens were required to do. After thinking about it, he decided to invest in a company that helped deal with it. He bought stock in IBM. He died in the 1950s, but my grandmother inherited all his IBM stock, so she was quite well off.

I think the way you put it was meant to be funny, but there is a truth beneath the humor. And that truth is not unlike my grandfather's truth 80 years ago. Or at least, I hope so since I have some WM.

Member Avatar naughtyguy (33.45) Submitted: 9/1/2011 1:11:50 PM
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starbucks4ever, although I don't appreciate starbucks coffee for it's price and have found coffee I like better in a few convenience stores, I certainly enjoyed your post!

Member Avatar baidewei (55.86) Submitted: 9/11/2011 2:02:23 AM
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When I first joined Fool World (my term), one of the first lessons the Fool taught me was this, "Buy the stock of companies whose business model you understand". Many big names (Bank of America, GE, Mr. Buffett, etc.) have a business model that causes me to have a confusion attack. I'm okay with WM, I don't get a confusion attack.

Member Avatar starbucks4ever (98.54) Submitted: 9/22/2011 12:54:10 PM
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Listen to the Fool's advice and do the opposite. I haven't quite adopted that algorithm, but at least when read their sales pitch urging me to buy something, it's a signal that I should, as a minimum, wait for cheaper prices, and when they tell me to sell something (e.g. bonds), it means the bullish trend is intact. A permanent flow of this site is that they basically tell the audience what the audience wants to hear at the current moment, so they are almost invariably either too early or too late. WM at $29 looks attractive enough. Not that there is any great rush to buy...

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