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Waste Management (WM) Outpaces Stock Market Gains: What You Should Know

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Waste Management (WM) closed the most recent trading day at $117.21, moving +1.14% from the previous trading session. This change outpaced the S&P 500's 0.77% gain on the day. At the same time, the Dow added 0.67%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq gained 0.75%.

Coming into today, shares of the garbage and recycling hauler had gained 3.98% in the past month. In that same time, the Business Services sector gained 6.03%, while the S&P 500 gained 8.19%.

Wall Street will be looking for positivity from WM as it approaches its next earnings report date. This is expected to be July 25, 2019. The company is expected to report EPS of $1.08, up 6.93% from the prior-year quarter. Meanwhile, our latest consensus estimate is calling for revenue of $3.94 billion, up 5.33% from the prior-year quarter.

Looking at the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates suggest analysts are expecting earnings of $4.30 per share and revenue of $15.62 billion. These totals would mark changes of +2.38% and +4.75%, respectively, from last year.

It is also important to note the recent changes to analyst estimates for WM. Recent revisions tend to reflect the latest near-term business trends. With this in mind, we can consider positive estimate revisions a sign of optimism about the company's business outlook.

Our research shows that these estimate changes are directly correlated with near-term stock prices. Investors can capitalize on this by using the Zacks Rank. This model considers these estimate changes and provides a simple, actionable rating system.

The Zacks Rank system, which ranges from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell), has an impressive outside-audited track record of outperformance, with #1 stocks generating an average annual return of +25% since 1988. The Zacks Consensus EPS estimate remained stagnant within the past month. WM is currently a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Digging into valuation, WM currently has a Forward P/E ratio of 26.94. For comparison, its industry has an average Forward P/E of 26.96, which means WM is trading at a discount to the group.

Meanwhile, WM's PEG ratio is currently 3.15. This popular metric is similar to the widely-known P/E ratio, with the difference being that the PEG ratio also takes into account the company's expected earnings growth rate. Waste Removal Services stocks are, on average, holding a PEG ratio of 3 based on yesterday's closing prices.

The Waste Removal Services industry is part of the Business Services sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 217, which puts it in the bottom 16% of all 250+ industries.

The Zacks Industry Rank gauges the strength of our industry groups by measuring the average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the groups. Our research shows that the top 50% rated industries outperform the bottom half by a factor of 2 to 1.

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