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Solid Liquid Stocks! (Part 1)

21 December 2007 - Features - Editor

This piece is such an unabashed support of a particular stock that it is best to start with a disclaimer. No financial arrangement with Siemens AG is behind praise for the water treatment business of this global leader, the stocks of which are quoted on the NYSE apart from the home base in Germany. Our purpose is to highlight water treatment as a vital sector for all financial planning exercises to consider. Only companies with strong management teams, sound financial resources, and versatile technologies will be able to make marks in the challenging field of meeting future earth needs of potable water.

Siemens AG is well known to the investor community. Most people have heard of its exploits in electronics and engineering even if they do not own its stocks. Siemens is also a prominent brand name in medical institutions, and many of us have been beneficiaries of its superlative medical imaging products and systems. The water treatment business of this global conglomerate may be less well known as of now, but it is one of the most socially relevant branches of the company. Investors in search of high growth stock picks will be enthused to know that the water treatment business of Siemens means that the company’s future growth and profitability are likely to be even better than its eminent past.

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Investors born in the last century may look askance at water treatment stocks as a means of financial planning and investment. Middle-aged and older people are accustomed to take this most precious of all natural resources for granted. However, the days when you could access unlimited quantities of fresh and clean water disappear rapidly, no matter where you live. The water treatment sector has a number of branches in terms of stock options. Bottled or mineral water with fancy brand names are at one end of a stock exchange spectrum. Marketing excellence is a hallmark of such stocks, though pressures from environment conservation activists over ground water drawings have become serious threats for such companies to counter. Large water supplies for urban centers are at the other end of the spectrum, with civil engineering and regulatory liaison being key drivers of business performance. Stocks from this segment tend to be volatile, because so much of cash flow depends on individual tenders and projects. Specialized membranes that can remove salts and other impurities make for a more durable enterprise basis, but cost effectiveness and technological obsolescence are key issues in companies with these kinds of know-how.

Siemens AG is not the only company in waste water treatment, and the NYSE is not the only stock market where you can find such stocks. However, companies which are exclusively listed in this futuristic line of business are limited, so investors must screen diversified corporations from many sectors in order to find alternate stock picks. Every search is worthwhile because water planning has begun to distinguish the best cities of the future from others. You will probably find on reflection that fresh water has become less available now than a couple of decades ago. There are many global neighborhoods where our succeeding generations will no longer be able to live, simply because water bodies will disappear or become woefully inadequate.

 


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