Blue Chip

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.

One Group of Stocks Every Portfolio Should Have

By Monday, June 30, 2014

Why Every Portfolio Should Include a Restaurant StockEvery 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 restaura… Read More

Why Key Stock Indices Can Still Advance in Wake of New Monetary Policy

By Monday, September 16, 2013

Key Stock Indices Can Still Advance in Wake of New Monetary PolicyThe 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, co… Read More

This Old Economy Stock’s a Moneymaking Winner

By Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Old Economy Stock’s a Moneymaking WinnerI’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 thi… Read More

Going Large-Cap for Capital Gains? Yep, and It Works

By Monday, January 14, 2013

Going Large-Cap for Capital GainsBack in April of 2012, oil and gas giant ConocoPhillips (NYSE/COP) created spin-off Phillips 66 (NYSE/PSX) from its downstream energy assets. In the energy business, the term “downstream assets” refers to refining and marketing. For every two shares held in ConocoPhillips, shareholders received one free share of Phillips 6… Read More

How to Use Blue Chips for Capital Gains

By Friday, January 4, 2013

How to Use Blue ChipsI still think that the best investment strategy for a stock market investor is to keep their assets at home. The eurozone is in recession, and emerging markets are just that—emerging. Now, I’m not referring to trading where there are lots of opportunities in small-cap technology companies and U.S.-listed Chinese stocks. I’m … Read More