Essential Insights for Waste Management Investors

Shares of Utilities sector company Waste Management moved -1.3% today, and are now trading at a price of $209.47. The Large-Cap stock's daily volume was 339,886 compared to its average volume of 1,638,708. The S&P 500 index returned a 0.0% performance.

Waste Management, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the provision of environmental solutions to residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers in the United States and Canada. The company is based in Houston and has 48,000 full time employees. Its market capitalization is $84,014,858,240. Waste Management currently offers its equity investors a dividend that yields 1.3% per year.

18 analysts are following Waste Management and have set target prices ranging from $210.0 to $259.0 per share. On average, they have given the company a rating of buy. At today's prices, WM is trading -7.91% away from its average analyst target price of $227.45 per share.

Over the last year, WM's share price has increased by 28.3%, which represents a difference of 2.0% when compared to the S&P 500. The stock's 52 week high is $214.54 per share whereas its 52 week low is $149.71. Waste Management's average free cash flow over the last 5 years has been $1.94 Billion, but they have been decreasing at an average rate of -1.6%. This may prove a challenge to the long term sustainability of the stock's upwards trend.

Date Reported Cash Flow from Operations ($ k) Capital expenditures ($ k) Free Cash Flow ($ k)
2023 4,719,000 2,895,000 1,824,000
2022 4,536,000 2,809,000 1,727,000
2021 4,338,000 2,039,000 2,299,000
2020 3,403,000 1,585,000 1,818,000
2019 3,874,000 1,815,000 2,059,000
2018 3,570,000 1,671,000 1,899,000
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