One day many years ago, I found myself stuck in traffic and noticed a peculiar sign. It said something about the construction that was going on — the very thing that was hampering my commute.
It said all this construction was being funded by a bond. This was before I had ever started my career in finance, so bonds were an unfamiliar thing. But when I began my investment career, I soon realized that I could actually invest in these things. And the more I learned, the more I was ecstatic.
After all, If you can’t beat ’em, might as well make money off them…
You see, these types of bonds have a name — general obligation bonds — a type of municipal, or “muni” bond for short. These bonds are used for everything from helping fund road construction to building schools, bridges, water infrastructure and other public buildings. As I became more familiar with municipal bonds, I quickly became a fan. In fact, in my experience, muni-bonds are one of the safest ways for investors to earn income in today’s market — while also beating the tax man. (More on that in a moment.)
Top Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Weatherford International plc(WFRD)
Weatherford International plc, an oilfield service company, provides equipment and services for the drilling, evaluation, completion, production, and intervention of oil and natural gas wells worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Western Hemisphere and Eastern Hemisphere. It offers artificial lift systems, including reciprocating rod, progressing cavity pumping, gas, hydraulic, plunger, and hybrid lift systems, as well as related automation and control systems; pressure pumping and reservoir stimulation services, such as acidizing, fracturing and fluid systems, cementing, and coiled-tubing intervention; and drill stem test tools, surface well testing, and multiphase flow measurement services. The company also provides safety, downhole reservoir monitoring, flow control, and multistage fracturing systems, as well as sand-control technologies, and production and isolation packers; liner hangers to suspend a casing string in high-temperature and high-pressure wells; cementing products, including plugs, float and stage equipment, and torque-and-drag reduction technology for zonal isolation; and pre-job planning and installation services. In addition, it offers directional drilling services, and logging and measurement services while drilling; services related to rotary-steerable systems, high-temperature and high-pressure sensors, drilling reamers, and circulation subs; rotating control devices and advanced automated control systems, as well as closed-loop drilling, air drilling, managed-pressure drilling, and underbalanced drilling services; open hole and cased-hole logging services; and intervention and remediation services. Further, the company provides tubular handling, management, and connection services; drilling tools and rental equipment services; and re-entry, fishing, wellbore cleaning, and well abandonment services, as well as multilateral well systems. Weatherford International plc was incorporated in 1972 and is based in Houston, Texas.
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Weatherford International (NASDAQ:WFRD) and TechnipFMC (NYSE:FTI) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, risk, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.
Top Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Covanta Holding Corporation(CVA)
Covanta Holding Corporation, incorporated on April 16, 1992, is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates infrastructure for the conversion of waste to energy, as well as other waste disposal and renewable energy production businesses. The Company operates through North America segment, which consists of waste and energy services operations located primarily in the United States and Canada. The energy-from-waste (EfW) serves over two markets as both a sustainable waste management solution and as a source of clean energy.
The Company processes approximately 20 million tons of solid waste annually. The Company operates and/or have ownership positions in over 45 EfW facilities, which are primarily located in North America, and over 10 additional energy generation facilities, including other renewable energy production facilities in North America (wood biomass and hydroelectric). In total, these assets produce approximately 10 million megawatt hours (MWh) of baseload electricity annually. It also operates waste management infrastructure, including over 20 waste transfer stations, 10 environmental services facilities, four landfills (primarily for ash disposal) and one metals processing facility. The Company is constructing an EfW facility in Dublin, Ireland. The Company holds equity interests in EfW facilities in China and Italy.
The Company’s energy-from-waste facilities produce energy through the combustion of non-hazardous municipal solid waste (MSW) in power plants. The Company operates EfW projects in approximately 20 states and over two Canadian provinces. Based on the applicable contract structure at a project, the EfW projects can generally be divided into over three categories, such as tip fee projects; service fee projects that it own, and service fee projects that it do not own but operate on behalf of a municipal owner. The tip fee projects include approximately 20 facilities; service fee (owned) projects include over five facilities, and service fee (operated) projects include approximately 20 facilities. Its energy-from-waste assets include tip fee structures, such as Hempstead, Lake County, Camden and Bristol; service fee (owned) structures, such as Babylon, Southeast Connecticut and Marion County, and service fee (operated) structures, such as Lee County, York County, Burnaby, MacArthur and Pasco County.
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I first recommended Covanta (NYSE: CVA) just over a year ago in July 2020. At the time, many industries had been disrupted by Covid lockdowns and the future was uncertain.
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Cullen Frost Bankers Inc. boosted its holdings in Covanta Holding Corp (NYSE:CVA) by 22.6% during the fourth quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund owned 35,051 shares of the energy company’s stock after buying an additional 6,456 shares during the period. Cullen Frost Bankers Inc.’s holdings in Covanta were worth $470,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.
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Covanta Holding Corp (NYSE:CVA) insider Paul E. Stauder sold 2,000 shares of Covanta stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $17.53, for a total value of $35,060.00. Following the sale, the insider now owns 42,025 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $736,698.25. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink.
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First Trust Advisors LP cut its stake in shares of Covanta Holding Corp (NYSE:CVA) by 33.1% in the 2nd quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The fund owned 406,618 shares of the energy company’s stock after selling 201,502 shares during the period. First Trust Advisors LP’s holdings in Covanta were worth $6,709,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.
Top Safest Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Third Point Reinsurance Ltd.(TPRE)
Third Point Reinsurance Ltd., through its subsidiaries, provides various specialty property and casualty reinsurance products in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. The company operates in two segments, Property and Casualty Reinsurance, and Catastrophe Risk Management. The Property and Casualty Reinsurance segment underwrites property, personal automobile, workers compensation, homeowners, crop insurance, mortgage insurance, extended warranty insurance, and multi-line reinsurance for insurance and reinsurance companies. The Catastrophe Risk Management segment underwrites property catastrophe exposures; and writes excess of loss catastrophe reinsurance. The company was incorporated in 2011 and is headquartered in Pembroke, Bermuda.