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We Analyzed the Future Direction of Waste Management Inc. (WM), Here is What We Found

Waste Management Inc. (NYSE:WM) went up by 1.78% from its latest closing price compared to the recent 1-year high of $170.18. The company’s stock price has collected 2.77% of gains in the last five trading sessions. The Wall Street Journal reported on 04/28/22 that North America’s Biggest Landfill Operator in Push to Turn More Trash Into Fuel

Is It Worth Investing in Waste Management Inc. (NYSE :WM) Right Now?

Waste Management Inc. (NYSE:WM) scored a price-to-earnings ratio above its average ratio, recording 33.07 x from its present earnings ratio. Plus, the 36-month beta value for WM is at 0.78. Opinions of the stock are interesting as 6 analysts out of 20 who provided ratings for Waste Management Inc. declared the stock was a “buy,” while 2 rated the stock as “overweight,” 11 rated it as “hold,” and 0 as “sell.”

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The average price from analysts is $172.94, which is $5.23 above the current price. WM currently public float of 412.30M and currently shorts hold a 0.79% ratio of that float. Today, the average trading volume of WM was 1.65M shares.

WM’s Market Performance

WM stocks went up by 2.77% for the week, with a monthly jump of 9.43% and a quarterly performance of 4.19%, while its annual performance rate touched 13.62%. The volatility ratio for the week stands at 1.66% while the volatility levels for the past 30 days are set at 1.63% for Waste Management Inc. The simple moving average for the period of the last 20 days is 8.42% for WM stocks with a simple moving average of 8.09% for the last 200 days.

Analysts’ Opinion of WM

Many brokerage firms have already submitted their reports for WM stocks, with BofA Securities repeating the rating for WM by listing it as a “Neutral.” The predicted price for WM in the upcoming period, according to BofA Securities is $165 based on the research report published on May 13th of the current year 2022.

BMO Capital Markets, on the other hand, stated in their research note that they expect to see WM reach a price target of $174. The rating they have provided for WM stocks is “Market Perform” according to the report published on April 12th, 2022.

JP Morgan gave a rating of “Neutral” to WM, setting the target price at $153 in the report published on March 01st of the current year.

WM Trading at 9.87% from the 50-Day Moving Average

After a stumble in the market that brought WM to its low price for the period of the last 52 weeks, the company was unable to rebound, for now settling with -0.62% of loss for the given period.

Volatility was left at 1.63%, however, over the last 30 days, the volatility rate increased by 1.66%, as shares surge +10.14% for the moving average over the last 20 days. Over the last 50 days, in opposition, the stock is trading +8.36% upper at present.

During the last 5 trading sessions, WM rose by +2.77%, which changed the moving average for the period of 200-days by +7.62% in comparison to the 20-day moving average, which settled at $156.78. In addition, Waste Management Inc. saw 1.34% in overturn over a single year, with a tendency to cut further gains.

Insider Trading

Reports are indicating that there were more than several insider trading activities at WM starting from POPE JOHN C, who sale 219 shares at the price of $152.19 back on Jul 18. After this action, POPE JOHN C now owns 55,439 shares of Waste Management Inc., valued at $33,330 using the latest closing price.

Morris John J, the EVP & Chief Operation Officer of Waste Management Inc., sale 47,006 shares at $168.10 during a trade that took place back on Apr 28, which means that Morris John J is holding 95,461 shares at $7,901,652 based on the most recent closing price.

Stock Fundamentals for WM

Current profitability levels for the company are sitting at:

  • +16.78 for the present operating margin
  • +26.89 for the gross margin

The net margin for Waste Management Inc. stands at +10.13. Equity return is now at value 30.00, with 7.30 for asset returns.

The liquidity ratio also appears to be rather interesting for investors as it stands at 0.75.