Smart Money is Betting on These Environmental Services Stocks

The environment has been an important global issue for years now. Earlier this month, President Obama signed the Paris climate deal and the U.S. government currently spends billions of dollars every year on energy and environment. The allocation for 2016 amounted to $51 billion and increased focus on environment can easily result in more business for environmental services companies.

Having said that, let’s take a look look at some environmental services stocks that smart money is betting on this quarter. The five stocks which we are going to analyze today are Waste Management, Inc. (NYSE:WM), Waste Connections, Inc. (NYSE:WCN), Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE:RSG), Stericycle Inc (NASDAQ:SRCL), and Clean Harbors Inc (NYSE:CLH).

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Waste Management, Inc. (NYSE:WM)

– Number of Hedge Fund Shareholders (as of June 30): 34

– Total Value of Hedge Funds’ Holdings (as of June 30): $1.92 Billion

Let’s start with Waste Management, Inc. (NYSE:WM), the most popular environmental services stock. A total of 34 funds from our database are holding long positions worth around $1.92 billion as of the end of June. The stock has gained around 19% since the beginning of January. For the second quarter, American States Water reported revenue of $111.95 million, missing the estimates of $113.01 million, but EPS of $0.45 was higher than the expected $0.44. Waste Management, Inc. (NYSE:WM) reported revenue of $3.43 billion for the second quarter topping estimates by $30 million, while EPS of $0.74 per share was higher than expectations of $0.71.

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Waste Connections, Inc. (NYSE:WCN)

– Number of Hedge Fund Shareholders (as of June 30): 28

– Total Value of Hedge Funds’ Holdings (as of June 30): $964.70 Million

The second most popular stock among hedge funds tracked by us in environmental services space was Waste Connections, Inc. (NYSE:WCN). Out of the total funds we track, 28 hedge funds are long in the stock with an investment of $964.70 million at the end of second quarter. Waste Connections, Inc. (NYSE:WCN) has been one of the star performers with returns of over 45% on a year-to-date basis in comparison to S&P 500’s return of 6%. The company reported second-quarter revenue of $727.6 million which beat estimates of $712.34 million, while net income of $0.66 per share was $0.14 higher than expected.

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On the next page, we are going to discuss Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE:RSG), Stericycle Inc (NASDAQ:SRCL), and Clean Harbors Inc (NYSE:CLH).