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Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now

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Blue chip stocks are among the worst retirement investments you can make.

There are several blue-chip stocks that will actually cost you thousands of dollars each year. We&a;rsquo;ll discuss three in a moment.

Sure, the financial media might lionize these stocks. But blue chips are simply big companies. When the term first came into being, it was simply an homage to the blue poker chip &a;ndash; at the time, the most valuable chip on the table. Before purples, oranges and grays began to grace the baize.

However, now the term comes with a boat load of perks &a;ndash; the simple assignment of the term &a;ldquo;blue chip&a;rdquo; is practically a buy recommendation. And therein lies the danger. Because in many cases, these larger companies have not only hit the end of their growth cycle, but are nearing the latter stages of their dividend growth cycle as well.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Synacor, Inc.(SYNC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of INTEL CORP’s stock buys and sells, go to http://www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=INTEL+CORP

    These are the top 5 holdings of INTEL CORPCloudera Inc (CLDR) – 26,065,827 shares, 92.26% of the total portfolio. Borqs Technologies Inc (BRQS) – 3,799,172 shares, 5.42% of the total portfolio. ForeScout Technologies Inc (FSCT) – 257,756 shares, 1.37% of the total portfolio. Aquantia Corp (AQ) – 161,492 shares, 0.42% of the total portfolio. Synacor Inc (SYNC) – 866,884 shares, 0.23% of the total portfolio. New

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Synacor Inc (NASDAQ: SYNC) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.03 per share on revenue of $30.00 million.

    VAALCO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: EGY) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.11 per share on revenue of $18.59 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Synacor Inc (NASDAQ: SYNC) shares dropped 18 percent to $3.42. Synacor priced 5.715 million shares at $3.50 per share.

    Shares of Resources Connection, Inc. (NASDAQ: RECN) were down around 15 percent to $13.65 after the company posted downbeat quarterly results.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Versar, Inc.(VSR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Versar Inc. (NYSE: VSR) shares shot up 37 percent to $1.55 after the company disclosed that its long-term joint venture with Johnson Controls Federal Systems was awarded up to $950 million IDIQ contract with U.S. Air Force.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Versar Inc. (NYSE: VSR) were down 36 percent to $1.61. Versar reported a Q3 loss of $1.34 per share on revenue of $36.5 million.

    Breitburn Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ: BBEP) was down, falling around 70 percent to $0.0580 as the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Vanguard Natural Resources LLC(VNR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Cameron Swinehart]

    Going forward I will be looking to add investments on my watchlist and trim other positions. It will be interesting to see how an overweight commodity portfolio will perform relative to the rest of the market.

     Cost Basis# SharesCurrent Price% of PortfolioCurrent ValueReturnMetal/Miners      Sprott Physical Gold Trust (PHYS)$12.4985$11.043.75%$938.40-13.13%Sprott Physical Silver Trust (PSLV)$7.95125$8.744.37%$1,092.509.04%FreePort-McMoran (FCX)$31.6731$33.874.20%$1,049.976.50%Ishares MSCI Global Gold Miners ETF (RING)$13.0695$10.644.04%$1,010.80-22.74%Energy      Statoil ASA(STO)$21.7940$22.683.63%$907.203.92%Vanguard Natural Resources LLC (VNR)$27.5636$27.874.01%$1,003.321.11%ConocoPhillips (COP)$63.6822.43$71.006.37%$1,592.5310.31%Agriculture      CVR Partner LP (UAN)$26.3630.9$18.932.34%$584.94-39.25%Adecoagro$6.78125$7.443.72%$930.008.87%Archer-Daniels Midland (ADM)$34.8030$37.244.47%$1,117.206.55%Mixed Commodity      Powershares DB Commodity Index (DBC)$26.3540$25.954.15%$1,038.00-1.54%Sprott Resource Corp$3.34400$2.714.34%$1,084.00-23.25%    Total % of portfolio49.40%               Cost Basis12,666.00      Current Value12,348.86      Return-2.50%  Source: Investing For The Future Surge In Commodity Prices

    Disclosure: I am long ADM, FCX, UAN, AGRO, RING, VNR, SCPZF.PK, COP, DBC, PHYS, PSLV. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article. (More…)

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation(WAB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.51 per share on revenue of $14.62 billion.
    The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.46 per share on revenue of $7.31 billion.
    Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $2.07 per share on revenue of $11.93 billion.
    Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.11 per share on revenue of $31.22 billion.
    Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $3.42 per share on revenue of $11.28 billion.
    The Sherwin-Williams Company (NYSE: SHW) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $3.15 per share on revenue of $3.94 billion.
    Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $5.92 per share on revenue of $3.15 billion.
    3M Company (NYSE: MMM) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.52 per share on revenue of $8.26 billion.
    JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ: JBLU) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.2 per share on revenue of $1.75 billion.
    Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.13 per share on revenue of $5.49 billion.
    Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE: HOG) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.88 per share on revenue of $1.25 billion.
    Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.3 per share on revenue of $2.50 billion.
    Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.88 per share on revenue of $13.28 billion.
    The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.77 per share on revenue of $6.75 billion.
    Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $2.16 billion.
    PACCAR Inc (NASDAQ: PCAR) is projected to
  • [By Lee Samaha]

    On a more positive note, Flannery appears to be making ground on some key long-term objectives.

    Management feels “good” about the ability of the healthcare segment to outperform, according to Miller. Flannery claimed GE was in “active discussions” on some aviation platforms, current & lighting and distributed power, while an announcement on the divestment of transportation (rumored to be a target of Wabtec (NYSE:WAB)) is expected by the end of the second quarter. Structural cost reductions are now expected to be above the $2 billion target outlined on the investor day presentation in November 2017. Flannery outlined that he would lead the creation of a new operating system for GE based on “lean, six sigma ad agile” involving “continuous improvement and customer experience.”

    As a reminder, GE has promised $20 billion of asset sales, and the commentary on the earnings call was reassuring, particularly as the first deal (healthcare IT assets) was underwhelming.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies(NYSE:WAB), or Wabtec, is off to a solid start in 2018. The rail products company reported double-digit gains in revenue and earnings thanks to a combination of factors. As a result, the company remains on pace to hit its full-year guidance.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation (WAB) scores highly based on my Warren Buffett-based model, which is based on the book Buffettology, and also the Peter Lynch-inspired approach that uses the method outlined by Lynch in One Up on Wall Street.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Mountain Pacific Investment Advisers Inc. ID cut its holdings in Wabtec Co. (NYSE:WAB) by 1.2% during the first quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The firm owned 226,515 shares of the transportation company’s stock after selling 2,800 shares during the period. Wabtec comprises 1.9% of Mountain Pacific Investment Advisers Inc. ID’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 25th biggest position. Mountain Pacific Investment Advisers Inc. ID’s holdings in Wabtec were worth $18,438,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Noodles & Company(NDLS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Potbelly Corp falling off fairly quickly afterthe IPOand largelyleveling off into a range or moving sideways over the past 3 years while small capNoodles & Co (NASDAQ: NDLS)shows some signs ofstabilization and small capZoe’s Kitchen Inc (NYSE: ZOES) has been all over the place for investors with shares now falling off:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Potbelly Corp falling off aftertheir IPOsand largelyleveling off over the past 2 1/2 years while small capNoodles & Co (NASDAQ: NDLS)continues to slide and small capZoe’s Kitchen Inc (NYSE: ZOES) is back to around IPO price levels for retail investors:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap restaurant stock Noodles & Co (NASDAQ: NDLS) reportedQ1 2017 earnings after yesterdays market close. In February,Noodles & Co hadannouncedthe completion of an $18.5 million private placement sale of Series A Convertible Preferred Stock and warrants to purchase shares of the Company’s Class A Common Stock to an existing shareholder to strengthen the Company’s balance sheet and fund strategic initiatives. The Company also announced plans to close approximately 55 underperforming company-owned restaurants, to eliminate the negative cash flow of these restaurants and improve overall performance.

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of Catterton Management Company, L.L.C.’s stock buys and sells, go to http://www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Catterton+Management+Company%2C+L.L.C.

    These are the top 5 holdings of Catterton Management Company, L.L.C.Noodles & Co (NDLS) – 11,106,987 shares, 100% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 62.50%Added: Nood

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Noodles & Company (NASDAQ:NDLS) is scheduled to be posting its quarterly earnings results after the market closes on Thursday, May 10th. Analysts expect Noodles & Company to post earnings of ($0.03) per share for the quarter. Noodles & Company has set its FY18 guidance at $(0.01)-0.03 EPS.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016 earnings report for small cap restaurant stock Noodles & Co (NASDAQ: NDLS) is scheduled for after the market closes onThursday (March 2nd). A couple of weeks ago, Noodles & Co announcedthat it completed an $18.5 million private placement sale of Series A Convertible Preferred Stock and warrants to purchase shares of the Company’s Class A Common Stock to an existing shareholder controlled by L Catterton on February 8, 2017, to strengthen the Company’s balance sheet and fund strategic initiatives. The Company also announced plans to close approximately 55 underperforming company-owned restaurants, to eliminate the negative cash flow of these restaurants and improve overall performance.Fourth quarter 2016 financial results are expected to include the following:

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Boeing Company (BA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Smith]

    On one particularly big news day, April 28, the DSCA announced that it has notified Congress of no fewer than seven separate pending arms sales that it plans to push through. These deals are aiming to sell:

    110 radar-seeking air-to-ground “HARM” missiles to Australia, generating sales of $137.6 million for prime contractors Orbital ATK (NYSE:OA) and Raytheon (NYSE:RTN). Four P-8A Poseidonsubmarine-hunting jet aircraft to New Zealand — a $1.46 billion payday for Boeing (NYSE:BA). 13 76 mm cannonfor installation aboard Israeli Navy SA’AR 4.5 and SA’AR 6 Missile Patrol Boats at a purchase price of $440 million. (Italian firm Leonardo S.p.a.’s DRS North America subsidiary will be the contractor on that one.) Nine Bell 429light utility helicopters to Slovakia, yielding sales of $150 million for Textron (NYSE:TXT). And five CH-47D Chinookhelicopters, sold out of U.S. government surplus to Greece for $80 million.

    Also included in the DSCA’s list of pending contracts are two directed toward the NATO Support and Procurement Agency, specifically:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) traded down 3.39% at $334.66. The stock’s 52-week range is $164.06 to $361.45. Volume was about 50% higher than the daily average of around 4.5 million shares. The company is reportedly in talks to acquire an aircraft parts maker.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Much of this was based on educated guesswork, however, as we extrapolated what we knew about the finances at SpaceX rivalsBoeing(NYSE:BA),Lockheed Martin(NYSE:LMT),Orbital ATK(NYSE:OA), andAirbus(NASDAQOTH:EADSY), and applied it to what wethoughtthat might mean for SpaceX’s own finances. It would have been a whole lot easier to just take a good hard look at SpaceX’s own financial documents, and get the answers straight from the source.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    After a two-week absence during which tech stocks were investors’ favorites, Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) returned last week as the top performing stock among the Dow 30. Shares slipped just 0.5% during the week, but that was less that the Dow Jones industrial average as a whole. For the year, the stock is up about 10.6%.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    That didn’t take long. After a one-week absence as the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) index’s best performing stock, Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) has reclaimed its top ranking last week with a gain of nearly 9%. For the first two weeks of 2018, Boeing shares have added 14%.

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    What better way, Bill surmised, to make surefire profits amid the turmoil than to literally invest in our nation’s safety? You see, by keeping an eye on which companies Uncle Sam is contracting to develop these defense systems – and which of these systems are actually working – you can stand to make serious profits. Indeed, one of Bill’s main recommendations is Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) – a firm directly involved in both the GMD and THAAD’s production.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: SPDR Blmbg Barclays Em Mkts Lcl Bd ETF (EBND)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    DWFI also holds the SPDR Barclays Emerging Markets Local Bond ETF (NYSE: EBND), SPDR Barclays International Treasury Bond ETF (NYSE: BWX) and the SPDR Barclays Intermediate Term Corporate Bond ETF (NYSE: ITR).

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Ion Geophysical Corporation(IO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Ion Geophysical Corp (NYSE:IO) was the recipient of unusually large options trading on Thursday. Traders bought 1,224 call options on the company. This represents an increase of approximately 1,230% compared to the typical volume of 92 call options.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    ION Geophysical (NYSE: IO) and Glencore (OTCMKTS:GLNCY) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Rigel Pharmaceuticals Inc.(RIGL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Thursday ended in the red for most major benchmarks on Wall Street, with the Dow trading down by triple digits at times before climbing back toward the close. After having bounced back sharply in recent days, stocks seemed to lose upward momentum, and interest rate fears returned to the market. The yield on the 10-year Treasury bond once again moved above the 2.9% mark, and shorter-term Treasurys had yields reach levels they haven’t seen in years. Yet even though the overall market was ready to take a break, some companies still enjoyed good news that lifted their shares. Bank of New York Mellon (NYSE:BK), Snap-on (NYSE:SNA), and Rigel Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:RIGL) were among the best performers on the day. Here’s why they did so well.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIGL) shares dropped 22 percent to $2.52 after the company reported results from the second FIT Phase 3 study for fostamatinib. The company disclosed that the study did not meet primary endpoint.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Shopify Inc.(SHOP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Withers]

    If investors want to tap into the growing trend of e-commerce and diversify their portfolio beyond Amazon, Shopify (NYSE:SHOP) and Etsy (NASDAQ:ETSY) make the shortlist. Shopify is more a pick-and-shovelplay, as the company hasbuilt a powerful back office platform that essentially enables entrepreneursto run an e-commerce business from their phone. Etsy is a pure play marketplace that focuses on serving the creative entrepreneur. These two companies had similar revenue in 2016, were both started in almost the same year (Etsy 2005, Shopify 2006), and are in the business of helping product-selling entrepreneurs connect to buyers online. Let’s take a deeper dive into these two companies and see which is the better buy.

  • [By Rick Munarriz]

    Shopify (NYSE:SHOP)keeps growing briskly as a platform for budding and established online merchants, and shareholders are going along for the ride. Shares of Shopify soared 9% last week, moving higher after another blowout financial performance. The stock initially moved lower on Tuesday following the report, only to roar back into investor fancy later in the week.

  • [By Adam Levy]

    Shopify’s(NYSE:SHOP) fourth-quarter earnings results came in above expectations, continuing its flawless streak of earnings beats since going public. The company posted revenue of $130.4 million and breakeven earnings per share. Analysts were expecting a $0.02 loss per share on $121.7 million in sales.

  • [By Dan Caplinger, Tim Brugger, and Seth McNew]

    Risk is always a factor for stock market investors, but if you want the top stocks in your portfolio, you have to be bold. To give you some ideas on which stocks to look at, three Motley Fool contributors weighed in on companies they’re familiar with and made a case for why they deserve a closer look. Read on to learn more about Shopify (NYSE:SHOP), Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE:CMG), and Universal Display (NASDAQ:OLED) and why they deserve your attention.

  • [By Brian Stoffel]

    There’s an interesting paradox happening right now surrounding Shopify (NYSE:SHOP). The company — which provides a platform for small and medium-sized businesses to establish an e-commerce presence — has been in the cross hairs of protestors, led by the group SumofUs.com, for providing a platform for the far-right news agency Breitbart. And yet, the stock has never been better, advancing over 60% this year in the face of the protests.