A company that is well-known and that has been established over a number of years is considered a blue-chip stock. They have been through the boom times and recessions, giving investors confidence that they will remain a viable entity in the future. Blue-chips are usually less volatile than other stocks, as they have a steadier stream of predictable income and usually have extensive ownership by institutions, which can hold shares for a longer period of time than individual investors. Blue-chips are usually the market leader in their respective sectors.
While the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average have given up some decent capital gains on the oil price shock, the NASDAQ Composite has been holding up and relative outperformance among technology stocks is a good thing.Good buys are tough to come by in a stock market that’s already gone up, but higher-dividend-paying technology. Read More
Every stock market portfolio should consider restaurant stocks if the risk tolerance allows for it.This industry sector has a long track record of delivering good capital gains to investors, recognizing, of course, that all restaurant chains experience periods of turmoil and changes among consumer preferences.In the restaurant. Read More
The broader market is showing renewed strength in anticipation of the Federal Reserve’s decision on quantitative easing and third-quarter earnings season.Typically, September is a volatile and tough month for stocks, but there’s a real resilience to the current stock market. Even the NASDAQ Composite is holding up well, considering. Read More
I’ve always liked railroad stocks; they are the backbone of North America, and they’re very good at making money. Often in this column we consider the stock market performance of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE/UNP). I firmly believe that this company will continue to be a winner for investors.As part of an ongoing series in this. Read More