Citigroup Ups Allied Waste Industries to Buy

From Standard & Poor's Equity Research

Citigroup upgraded Allied Waste Industries (AW) to buy from hold, noting the company's second quarter results.

Analyst Leone Young says 14 cents operating earnings per share (EPS) compare to her 12 cents estimate and the 13 cents consensus estimate. She notes that Allied Waste Industries reiterated 2006 EBITDA guidance of $1.5 billion to $1.575 billion. She trims her 48 cents 2006 EPS estimate to 47 cents, her 62 cents 2007 EPS estimate to 60 cents, and her 73 cents 2008 EPS estimate to 70 cents. She also trims her $14 stock price target to $13.50.

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