Best Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2015

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI  ) can’t make up its mind about today’s jobs report. Jobs jumped more than projected, but the Dow has swung wildly between hundred-point gains and minor losses. It has finally settled high in the green in afternoon trading, up 122 points as of 2:15 p.m. EDT. Most stocks are gaining today, with several rising substantially to end investors’ week on a high note. Let’s catch up on the movers and stories you need to know about.

The ups and downs of a good jobs report
The American economy picked up 195,000 jobs in June — a whopping 40,000 more jobs than economists had projected, though not enough to shake up the country’s 7.6% unemployment rate. A deeper look into the statistic reveals potential concerns, however: The largest gain in hiring came from food service and hotels, with retail, services, and health care also adding to the mix. It was enough to send the U6 unemployment rate — a measure that includes the unemployed, those who can find only part-time work, and those who have given up searching for a job — up to 14.3% from a previous 13.8%. While the economy is adding jobs, they may not be the types of jobs that enhance the long-term economic outlook.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2015: Visa Inc.(V)

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, engages in the operation of retail electronic payments network worldwide. It facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities. The company owns and operates VisaNet, a global processing platform that provides transaction processing services. It also offers a range of payments platforms, which enable credit, charge, deferred debit, debit, and prepaid payments, as well as cash access for consumers, businesses, and government entities. The company provides its payment platforms under the Visa, Visa Electron, PLUS, and Interlink brand names. In addition, it offers value-added services, including risk management, issuer processing, loyalty, dispute management, value-added information, and CyberSource-branded services. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.DAILYFINANCE.COM]

    Jeff Chiu/AP So far, 2014 has been a high-scoring year for initial public stock offerings. The first quarter saw more IPO activity than any other initial quarter since 2000, with 64 companies listing on various U.S. exchanges raising a collective $10.6 billion. That’s more than double the number of IPOs that took place in the first quarter of 2013. This is directly related to the health of the overall stock market. Generally speaking, the better shares are performing, the higher the chance of an issuer being successful on IPO day. After all, who’s eager to buy anything when the market’s in the doldrums? Yet even in a good environment for IPOs, companies occasionally get the jitters and withdraw their listings. Sometimes this is due to the overall atmosphere on the market; sometimes it’s because of difficulties with the issuing company itself; sometimes it’s both. Whatever the reason(s), the notable examples below scampered away before they could become publicly traded entities. Square One of the top anticipated IPOs of 2014 was for this cutting-edge e-commerce company, which pioneered the use of smartphone and tablet payment card readers. Then there’s Square’s impeccable geek credentials, thanks in no small part to its founder-CEO Jack Dorsey, who was one of the guiding lights behind Twitter (TWTR). That, apparently, wasn’t enough to bring it to market. In late February, media reports had it that the company postponed its planned IPO indefinitely. It seems that it’s burning through cash very quickly and doesn’t have enough revenue to cover this. Instead of listing on an exchange, the firm is reportedly looking for a deep-pocketed suitor and has allegedly held discussions with Google (GOOG), Apple (AAPL) and eBay (EBAY), and possibly even one of its investors, Visa (V), regarding a potential buyout. Square denies it has been in acquisition talks. Trustwave Holdings Another nonstarter in the tech IPO space was Trustwave, which provides on-demand data secu

  • [By Philip Springer]

    The U.S. economy grew, sort of, at a miniscule annual rate of 0.1 percent in the first quarter, according to the Commerce Dept. This preliminary reading, the first of three, was far below pessimistic expectations. This underperformance has occurred several times since the on-again, off-again recovery officially began in June 2009.

    No wonder U.S. government bond yields have declined this year, contrary to most expectations, with the 10-year Treasury going from 3 percent to as low as 2.6 percent.

    The first quarter’s economic weakness was attributed primarily to a 7.6 percent decline in exports, partly because of economic weakness in Europe and Asia. Poor weather, a favorite excuse for everything that went wrong during the winter, probably played a part in the export slump.

    Also noteworthy, however: Business spending on equipment fell at a 5.5 percent annual pace in the first three months of the year, the largest decline since 2009.

    Regardles s of the causes, the tepid (to be generous) GDP reading marks a continuation of the still-sluggish growth in the current five-year economic expansion.

    The report came right before the Federal Reserve announced that it is continuing to reduce, or taper, its bond purchases to $45 billion a month, from the original $85 billion. The Fed says it’s starting to see faster growth after the harsh winter.

    The Fed also maintained its guidance on short-term interest rates, saying they would remain near zero for a “considerable time” after the bond-buying program ends later this year. The current expectation is that the Fed won’t start to raise interest rates until well into 2015.

    However, evidence of a possible economic rebound came the next day, May 2. The federal government’s jobs report for April showed a jump of 288,000, with a sharp decline in the official unemployment rate to 6.3 percent.

    Meanwhile, corporate profits continue t o grow, albeit modest

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Visa (V) gained 2.8% this week and Walt Disney (DIS) rose 2.7% to $80.31, to lead the Dow higher. Visa managed to gain despite sanctions being imposed on two Russian banks. Pepco Holdings (POM) surged 24% after it agreed to be purchased by Exelon (EXC) for $27.25 a share in an all-cash deal. Exelon dropped 1.2% this week. Energizer (ENR) jumped 17% after it said it would split itself into two companies.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2015: Colgate-Palmolive Company(CL)

Colgate-Palmolive Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets consumer products worldwide. It offers oral care products, including toothpaste, toothbrushes, and mouth rinses, as well as dental floss and pharmaceutical products for dentists and other oral health professionals; personal care products, such as liquid hand soap, shower gels, bar soaps, deodorants, antiperspirants, shampoos, and conditioners; and home care products comprising laundry and dishwashing detergents, fabric conditioners, household cleaners, bleaches, dishwashing liquids, and oil soaps. The company offers its oral, personal, and home care products under the Colgate Total, Colgate Max Fresh, Colgate 360 Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Procter & Gamble have dropped 3.2% during the past 12 months, lagging Unilever’s (UL) 2.5% rise, Colgate-Palmolive’s (CL) 8.7% advance and Kimberly-Clark’s (KMB) 3.1% gain.

  • [By Kashafa Investment Research]

    What works in P&G’s advantage is the fact that the company is already ahead of its peers in the emerging markets. As of 2012, P&G had sales of $33 billion in developing markets as compared to $24 billion for Unilever (UL) and $10 billion for Colgate (CL). This competitive edge over peers will sustain as P&G has product quality, innovation and has a significant marketing budget given its comfortable cash position.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Procter & Gamble have gained 0.1% to $81.44 at 2:06 p.m. today, while Unilever (UL) has risen 0.6% to $43.96, Colgate-Palmolive (CL) is little changed at $65.65 and Kimberly-Clark (KMB) has advanced 0.5% to $111.31.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2015: Philip Morris International Inc(PM)

Philip Morris International Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in markets outside of the United States. Its international product brand line comprises Marlboro, Merit, Parliament, Virginia Slims, L&M, Chesterfield, Bond Street, Lark, Muratti, Next, Philip Morris, and Red & White. The company also offers its products under the A Mild, Dji Sam Soe, and A Hijau in Indonesia; Diana in Italy; Optima and Apollo-Soyuz in the Russian Federation; Morven Gold in Pakistan; Boston in Colombia; Belmont, Canadian Classics, and Number 7 in Canada; Best and Classic in Serbia; f6 in Germany; Delicados in Mexico; Assos in Greece; and Petra in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. It operates primarily in the European Union, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Canada, and Latin America. The company is based in New York, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Philip Morris International (NYSE: PM) is estimated to report its Q1 earnings at $1.16 per share on revenue of $7.01 billion.

    UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) is projected to report its Q1 earnings at $1.09 per share on revenue of $31.99 billion.

  • [By Robert Stephens]

    Philip Morris
    The 4.4% yield offered by Philip Morris  (NYSE: PM  )  is well-covered at 1.5x, which seems to be very sensible and shows that the company is not over-extending itself when it comes to payments to shareholders. This makes the income from the stock even more sustainable and highlights its potential as a sound defensive play.

  • [By Alexandra Scaggs]

    Then the bank appeared to backpedal a bit in its note yesterday, cutting back on its recommended holdings in Ultimate Software Group(ULTI) and Mastercard(MA) and adding to its recommended positions in Anadarko Petroleum Corp.(APC), an energy stock, and Philip Morris International Inc.(PM), a consumer-staples stock. Morgan Stanley strategist Adam Parker  and his team found that times when value stocks outperform growth stocks by such a wide margin “are typically followed by periods where value outperforms.”

  • [By Laura Brodbeck]

    Thursday

    Earnings Expected From: United Health Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH), Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAT), General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ: FITB), Philip Morris Inc (NYSE: PM), Pepsico, Inc. (NYSE: PEP), Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE: GS), Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG), American Express Company (NYSE: AXP) Economic Releases Expected:  German PPI, Canadian CPI, Chinese house price data

    Friday

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2015: Apple Inc.(AAPL)

Apple Inc., together with subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and markets personal computers, mobile communication and media devices, and portable digital music players, as well as sells related software, services, peripherals, networking solutions, and third-party digital content and applications worldwide. The company sells its products worldwide through its online stores, retail stores, direct sales force, third-party wholesalers, resellers, and value-added resellers. In addition, it sells third-party Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iPod compatible products, including application software, printers, storage devices, speakers, headphones, and other accessories and peripherals through its online and retail stores; and digital content and applications through the iTunes Store. The company sells its products to consumer, small and mid-sized business, education, enterprise, government, and creative markets. As of September 25, 2010, it had 317 retail stores, including 233 stores in the United States and 84 stores internationally. The company, formerly known as Apple Computer, Inc., was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in Cupertino, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.DAILYFINANCE.COM]

    Jeff Chiu/AP So far, 2014 has been a high-scoring year for initial public stock offerings. The first quarter saw more IPO activity than any other initial quarter since 2000, with 64 companies listing on various U.S. exchanges raising a collective $10.6 billion. That’s more than double the number of IPOs that took place in the first quarter of 2013. This is directly related to the health of the overall stock market. Generally speaking, the better shares are performing, the higher the chance of an issuer being successful on IPO day. After all, who’s eager to buy anything when the market’s in the doldrums? Yet even in a good environment for IPOs, companies occasionally get the jitters and withdraw their listings. Sometimes this is due to the overall atmosphere on the market; sometimes it’s because of difficulties with the issuing company itself; sometimes it’s both. Whatever the reason(s), the notable examples below scampered away before they could become publicly traded entities. Square One of the top anticipated IPOs of 2014 was for this cutting-edge e-commerce company, which pioneered the use of smartphone and tablet payment card readers. Then there’s Square’s impeccable geek credentials, thanks in no small part to its founder-CEO Jack Dorsey, who was one of the guiding lights behind Twitter (TWTR). That, apparently, wasn’t enough to bring it to market. In late February, media reports had it that the company postponed its planned IPO indefinitely. It seems that it’s burning through cash very quickly and doesn’t have enough revenue to cover this. Instead of listing on an exchange, the firm is reportedly looking for a deep-pocketed suitor and has allegedly held discussions with Google (GOOG), Apple (AAPL) and eBay (EBAY), and possibly even one of its investors, Visa (V), regarding a potential buyout. Square denies it has been in acquisition talks. Trustwave Holdings Another nonstarter in the tech IPO space was Trustwave, which provides on-demand data secu

  • [By Alex Dumortier, CFA]

    U.S. stocks finished slightly lower on Thursday, with the benchmark S&P 500 down 0.1%. Meanwhile, the narrower Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI  ) rose 0.2%, while the technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index (NASDAQINDEX: ^IXIC  ) fell 0.4%. One of the technology stocks that weighed on the Nasdaq today was the world’s most valuable company, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) , which was down 0.7%. Furthermore, the stock is not reacting well in the after-hours session to a report in the Financial Times that the company could be about to complete the largest acquisition in its corporate history, that of Beats Electronics, in a deal valued at $3.2 billion.

  • [By Ashraf Eassa]

    There’s a rumor! There’s a rumor! Apparently, the latest rumor is that Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) acquisition prowl is leading it to consider spending a whopping $3.2 billion on Beats Audio. For those of you unfamiliar with Beats Audio, it’s a 300-person outfit that develops audio equipment (think headphones and speakers), as well as software.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2015: Chevron Corporation(CVX)

Chevron Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in petroleum, chemicals, mining, power generation, and energy operations worldwide. It operates in two segments, Upstream and Downstream. The Upstream segment involves in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil and natural gas; processing, liquefaction, transportation, and regasification associated with liquefied natural gas; transportation of crude oil through pipelines; and transportation, storage, and marketing of natural gas, as well as holds interest in a gas-to-liquids project. The Downstream segment engages in the refining of crude oil into petroleum products; marketing of crude oil and refined products primarily under the Chevron, Texaco, and Caltex brand names; transportation of crude oil and refined products by pipeline, marine vessel, motor equipment, and rail car; and manufacture and marketing of commodity petrochemicals, plastics for industrial uses, and fuel and lubricant additives. It a lso produces and markets coal and molybdenum; and holds interests in 13 power assets with a total operating capacity of approximately 3,100 megawatts, as well as involves in cash management and debt financing activities, insurance operations, real estate activities, energy services, and alternative fuels and technology business. Chevron Corporation has a joint venture agreement with China National Petroleum Corporation. The company was formerly known as ChevronTexaco Corp. and changed its name to Chevron Corporation in May 2005. Chevron Corporation was founded in 1879 and is based in San Ramon, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The rally in energy stocks has lifted ExxonMobil (XOM) and Chevron (CVX) almost equally during the past three months. Argus Research, however, is only downgrading one.

  • [By Rich Bieglmeier]

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    Chevron Corporation (Chevron) manages its investments in subsidiaries and affiliates and provides administrative, financial, management and technology support to the United States and international subsidiaries that engage in fully integrated petroleum operations, chemicals operations, mining activities, power generation and energy services.

  • [By Holly LaFon]

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  • [By Casey Hoerth]

    Chevron’s (NYSE: CVX  ) earnings declined by 27% year on year in the past quarter. Time to panic? Wall Street certainly doesn’t think so: Shares actually ticked higher on Monday.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2015: McDonald’s Corporation(MCD)

McDonald?s Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a worldwide foodservice retailer. It franchises and operates McDonald?s restaurants that offer various food items, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages. As of December 31, 2009, the company operated 32,478 restaurants in 117 countries, of which 26,216 were operated by franchisees; and 6,262 were operated by the company. McDonald?s Corporation was founded in 1948 and is based in Oak Brook, Illinois.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Anna Prior]

    McDonald’s Corp.(MCD) said same-store sales rose 1.2% in April, with stronger results in China offsetting flat sales in the U.S.

    Prudential Financial Inc. swung to a first-quarter profit as the insurer saw sharply lower net realized investment losses.

  • [By WWW.DAILYFINANCE.COM]

    Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty Images Don’t let the recent weakness at McDonald’s (MCD) lead you to the conclusion that all burger flippers are struggling. It’s just not true, and Burger King (BKW) proved that in its latest quarter. McDonald’s longtime nemesis posted better than expected profitability during the first three months of the year, fueled by marginally positive comparable-restaurant sales for the period. It may not seem like much of a victory. Burger King’s worldwide comps rose 2 percent, with its U.S. and Canada locations clocking in with a meager 0.1 percent increase. However, even that baby step up is better than the 1.7 percent decline at McDonald’s. Unlike Ronald McDonald, Burger King isn’t clowning around. The Whopper Beats the Big Mac? This would be an opportune time for Burger King to break away from the larger chain that it’s been copying for years. We’ve seen Burger King offer up items that are blatantly similar to McCafe smoothies, Chicken McBites, Big Macs, Egg McMuffins, and even the cult fave McRibs. However, now that McDonald’s is in a rut — having posted three consecutive quarters of negative comparable-restaurant sales in this country — it appears Burger King is ready to carve its own path. “We started off 2014 strong by generating comparable sales growth across all four regions during the first quarter,” Burger King Worldwide CEO Daniel Schwartz explained in the fast food giant’s earnings release. “Despite severe winter weather in the U.S. and Canada, our commitment to launching fewer, more impactful products and simplifying in-restaurant operations helped drive improved performance.” If there’s one thing in that statement that should stand out as a sharp contrast to the current strategy at McDonald’s it’s that Burger King is rolling out “fewer” products as it is “simplifying” operations. That’s an entirely different strategy than the one being used by McDonald’s, which seems to involve rolling out a lot of new menu ite

  • [By Mark Yagalla]

    Considering that Yum! Brands has more than 40,000 restaurants globally compared to McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD  ) 35,000 locations, can these new menu items help Yum! Brands catch up to McDonald’s in total sales?

  • [By Jack Kramer and Nick Martell] Get hungry — Wall Street’s getting into the meat and potatoes of the first-quarter earnings season. Stocks rose all week long as headline corporations dropped earnings reports like they were hot.

    1. Stock winner of the week … Toys are fun, but toys that make money are even more fun. That’s why Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS  )  is our pick for stock of the week. Shares of the Rhode Island-based toy designer rose nearly 2% Monday after reporting earnings that were a treat for investors to play with. The company enjoyed $679.5 million in revenues over the first quarter of 2014, a 2% increase from the same period last year.

    So what helped out Hasbro? It turns out that, in fact, “boys drool and girls rule.” That’s because sales of toys focused on boys (we’re talking about Nerf classics) rose by just 2% over the quarter — but for girls, toys like My Little Pony jumped by 21%. Plus, international Hasbro sales gained 5% despite a slight sales slowdown in North America.   The reason investors felt like kids on Christmas morning after Hasbro’s earnings was that the toy industry hasn’t been kind recently. Classic physical toys are facing serious competition from electronic ones — plus, the unflattering holiday sales season ate away at Mattel’s toy sales, according to their earnings report the week earlier. Hasbro’s been going through some restructuring since 2013, and as it remakes itself, Wall Street seems happy that its 2014 is off to a mom-approved start.
    2. … And stock loser
    The only thing worse than ordering a burger medium rare and getting it well done is having some poorly served earnings from McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD  ) . Last Tuesday, the fast-food giant reported an artery-packing $6.7 billion in revenues during the first quarter of the year — but that represented only a 1% rise from the same period in 2013, which was simply in line with analysts’ expectations.

    Ronald McDonald may always be smiling, but he wasn’t