5. Covanta Holding ( CVA) has diverse operations such as waste disposal, energy services and specialty insurance.
The company is expected to report earnings of 17 cents per share for 2010 fourth quarter, compared to earnings of 13 cents per share in the quarter-ago period, according to analysts polled by Bloomberg. The company is likely to report earnings per share of 50 cents for 2010, 66 cents for 2011 and 75 cents for 2012. The stock's dividend yield of 9.5% surpasses that of its peers. Exelon, Dominion Resources, Public Service Enterprise Group ( PEG) and Ormat Technologies ( ORA) have dividend yields of 5.1%, 4.1%, 4.1% and 1.0%, respectively. Of the 12 analysts covering the stock, 7 recommend buying, 2 rate holding and 3 suggest selling. The stock's average price target is $20.6, 17% above current level, based on analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.