FR: 1 Stock Tony Soprano Would Love

Article: 1 Stock Tony Soprano Would Love

Up next in my “Fool Revisited” series was a piece about Waste Management (NYSE: WM), the largest (by market cap) of the “waste management” companies out there. It is perhaps the most well-known as well, and the fact that its entire industry carries its name should be indicative of why it is considered an industry leader.

This article was probably another sector article, written after we discussed “industrial goods,” of which waste management was a sub-sector. My little too clever title notwithstanding, the article is a generally positive look at the company circa 2011, based primarily on the company’s 10-K for the prior year. It compares the “players” in the trash industry, with special emphasis on Veolia Envirronement, a French company that does similar things in Europe. Continue reading “FR: 1 Stock Tony Soprano Would Love”

Portfolio X-Ray: Waste Management

Note: Read this introduction to see what I am doing in this series.

About Waste Management
Waste Management (NYSE: WM) is the nationwide leader in what its name says it does: waste management. But it is not all about hauling trash or managing landfills. As the company says in its most recent 10-Q:

“We are North America’s leading provider of comprehensive waste management environmental services. We partner with our residential, commercial, industrial and municipal customers and the communities we serve to manage and reduce waste at each stage from collection to disposal, while recovering valuable resources and creating clean, renewable energy. Our “Solid Waste” business is operated and managed locally by our subsidiaries that focus on distinct geographic areas and provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. Through our subsidiaries, we are also a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States.” Continue reading “Portfolio X-Ray: Waste Management”

Portfolio X-Ray: A Preview

As part of an effort to write more in August, I have been trying to think of what I could fill some of the days on the calendar. While I haven’t been as proficient thus far this month, this should be the first of at least 12 posts in this series.

In the time since I stopped writing for The Motley Fool, I have actually missed writing about stocks and investing. So in an effort to keep an investor’s eye on the market, as well as give me something to write about, I will be spending the next few weeks examining my own portfolio holdings, taking a look at what led me to purchase the company, as well as any reasons why I might sell my holding in the near future. Continue reading “Portfolio X-Ray: A Preview”

World-Wide Invest Better Day

Disclaimer: I am riding the coat tails of one of my employers here, and the thoughts expressed here do not reflect the opinions of The Motley Fool in any way. I was not compensated for this post in any way. Please do your own research prior to investing your own money in stocks, and a great place to start would be

The folks that I do my paid writing for, The Motley Fool, invented a holiday yesterday, and I hope it is something that continues going forward. Dubbed World-Wide Invest Better Day, or WWIB, featured a day of programming from Fool analysts all over the country at various meetings. Unfortunately, I was unable to take part during the day, but the short videos that I was able to watch gave me an idea for today. Many of the videos featured the analysts speaking about their favorite stocks, and every hour the folks there, who are much smarter than me, gave a stock idea and why it would make a good investment.  Continue reading “World-Wide Invest Better Day”