Can Waste Management (NYSE:WM) Produce Exciting Returns?

Stodgy stocks in unglamorous industries are often rock-solid cash cows. Nobody cares if you're not setting the world on fire -- as long as you can ratchet up dividend payments on a regular basis.

Waste Management, Inc.Garbage disposal specialist Waste Management (NYSE:WM) is a poster boy for this strategy. I dare you to come up with a less attractive business than disposing of the refuse of our modern world. Somebody has to do it, though, and Waste Management has found a way to squeeze prodigious amounts of cash out of the dirty work -- and it's returning oodles of it to shareholders. You could set a clock by the company's dividend boosts.

WM Dividend Chart

WM Dividend data by YCharts.

The payouts make a huge difference for investors. In terms of plain share prices, Waste Management (NYSE:WM) has trailed the Dow Jones over the long term. But assuming you took dividends along the way to reinvest them in more shares, the picture changes dramatically:

WM Chart

WM data by YCharts

The article Can This Boring Dividend Stock Produce Exciting Returns? originally appeared on Fool.com.

Fool contributor Anders Bylund owns shares of Intel, but he holds no other position in any company mentioned. Check out Anders' bio and holdings or follow him on Twitter and Google+. The Motley Fool owns shares of McDonald's, Waste Management, and Intel. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of McDonald's, Waste Management, Intel, and Magellan Midstream Partners. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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