Top Blue Chip Companies To Own In Right Now

While it may be easy to complain about energy prices in the U.S., it’s nothing compared to what people pay in Europe. Yet, despite high prices and the discovery of shale resources, countries that do have resources can’t seem to get things figured out. This week, Chevron’s (NYSE: CVX  ) plan to explore for natural gas in Ukraine was put on hold as local authorities have to each give their approval before the national government can issue a license to the company. Also, Chevron might not have much to look forward to. Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS-A  ) , the company who already has permission to drill in Ukraine, needs to hand over 31% to 60% of the gas it produces to the government. 

European countries are becoming the poster child of how issues on the surface can have just as large of an effect on oil and gas drilling as is the prospect of the rocks below the surface. In this video, Fool.com contributors Tyler Crowe and Aimee Duffy discuss why Europe can’t match the success of the U.S. in shale drilling, and what investors should look for in European drillers.

Top Blue Chip Companies To Own In Right Now: 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

Top Blue Chip Companies To Own In Right Now: 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 David Dittman]

    Question: I recently purchased Chevron (NYSE: CVX) at $113 and it has run to $126. Is it prudent to take some profits?

    Answer: If Chevron has come to represent an outsized portion of your portfolio, yes. If you’re diversified by sector and company, I’d say let this winner run.

  • [By Robert Rapier]

    It may seem a bit ironic, but on the day that the National Climate Assessment report was released, the Standard & Poor’s Energy Index reached a new record high. This index of 44 companies includes major energy names like ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM), Chevron (NYSE: CVX), ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP), Halliburton (NYSE: HAL), Kinder Morgan (NYSE: KMI), Peabody (NYSE: BTU) and Valero (NYSE: VLO). All of the companies in the index produce or enable the production of fossil fuels, which end up as carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

  • [By Dividends4Life]

    Fair Value: In calculating fair value, I consider the NPV MMA Differential Fair Value along with these four calculations of fair value, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description: 1. Avg. High Yield Price 2. 20-Year DCF Price 3. Avg. P/E Price 4. Graham Number MSFT is trading at a premium to all four valuations above. The stock is trading at a 41.4% discount to its calculated fair value of $68.12. MSFT earned a Star in this section since it is trading at a fair value.Dividend Analytical Data: In this section there are three possible Stars and three key metrics, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description: 1. Free Cash Flow Payout 2. Debt To Total Capital 3. Key Metrics 4. Dividend Growth Rate 5. Years of Div. Growth 6. Rolling 4-yr Div. > 15% MSFT earned three Stars in this section for 1.), 2.) and 3.) above. A Star was earned since the Free Cash Flow payout ratio was less than 60% and there were no negative Free Cash Flows over the last 10 years. The stock earned a Star as a result of its most recent Debt to Total Capital being less than 45%. MSFT earned a Star for having an acceptable score in at least two of the four Key Metrics measured. The company has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 2003 and has increased its dividend payments for 12 consecutive years.Dividend Income vs. MMA: Why would you assume the equity risk and invest in a dividend stock if you could earn a better return in a much less risky money market account (MMA) or Treasury bond? This section compares the earning ability of this stock with a high yield MMA. Two items are considered in this section, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description: 1. NPV MMA Diff. 2. Years to > MMA MSFT earned a Star in this section for its NPV MMA Diff. of the $14,663. This amount is in excess of the $2,300 target I look for in a stock that has increased dividends as long as MSFT has. If MSFT grows its dividend at 17.5% per year, it will take 2 years to

Top Blue Chip Companies To Own In Right Now: 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.

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    Some traditional brand powerhouses have lost ground in the Top 100 since 2009. These include BMW, FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and Colgate-Palmolive Co. (NYSE: CL).

Top Blue Chip Companies To Own In Right Now: 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 Steven Russolillo]

    Workers Try a New Tactic in Minimum-Wage Fight: “Stymied by Congress on their minimum-wage push, low-wage workers and even Obama administration officials are pleading for U.S. companies from McDonald’s(MCD) to Wal-Mart(WMT) to raise wages voluntarily.”

  • [By James Brumley]

    AT&T (T). Verizon (VZ). McDonald’s (MCD). Consistent payers-and-raisers for years, and everyone knows it.

    Thing is, there’s more than another handful of stocks with strong dividend yields that are either off-the-radar, unrecognized as solid dividend stocks or both.

  • [By Dan Burrows]

    Stocks to Sell: McDonald’s (MCD)

    Strange as it may seem, McDonald’s (MCD) stock hit a record high very recently even as the fast-food chain struggles with ongoing sales weakness in the U.S. MCD stock touched $103.78 this week as part of its 6% gain for the year.

  • [By Charley Blaine]

    McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD). Tuesday close: $103.53. RSI: 70.

    It probably is overbought. The stock is up 11 percent from a low in early February and is up 6.7 percent for the year.

Top Blue Chip Companies To Own In Right Now: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)

International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide. Its Global Technology Services segment provides IT infrastructure and business process services, including strategic outsourcing, process, integrated technology, and maintenance services, as well as technology-based support services. The company?s Global Business Services segment offers consulting and systems integration, and application management services. Its Software segment offers middleware and operating systems software, such as WebSphere software to integrate and manage business processes; information management software for database and enterprise content management, information integration, data warehousing, business analytics and intelligence, performance management, and predictive analytics; Tivoli software for identity management, data security, storage management, and datacenter automation; Lotus software for collaboration, messaging, and so cial networking; rational software to support software development for IT and embedded systems; business intelligence software, which provides querying and forecasting tools; SPSS predictive analytics software to predict outcomes and act on that insight; and operating systems software. Its Systems and Technology segment provides computing and storage solutions, including servers, disk and tape storage systems and software, point-of-sale retail systems, and microelectronics. The company?s Global Financing segment provides lease and loan financing to end users and internal clients; commercial financing to dealers and remarketers of IT products; and remanufacturing and remarketing services. It serves financial services, public, industrial, distribution, communications, and general business sectors. The company was formerly known as Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co. and changed its name to International Business Machines Corporation in 1924. IBM was founded in 1910 and is base d in Armonk, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benjamin Pimentel]

    On the downside, Twitter (TWTR) , Microsoft (MSFT) , IBM Corp. (IBM)  and eBay Inc. (EBAY)  all closed in the red.

  • [By Lawrence Meyers]

    It had adjusted EBITDA of only $37 million. Operation were about break-even. Yet the company is valued at … $19 billion. How? Nobody has been able to explain to me how Twitter is going to generate much profit at all. How can the market reward this company with that valuation? Value investors may get tempted by the 50% selloff thus far, but I don’t see how this company is even worth $15 per share at this point.

    IBM (IBM)

    I’m sorry to say it, but IBM (IBM) is not a value stock. The stock trades about 12% from its 52-week high. Yet it isn’t growing at all. FY11 net income was $15.86 billion, FY12 net came in at $16.6 billion, and FY13 came in at $16.48 billion. While analysts project 8% long-term annualized earnings growth, that doesn’t take into account the share buybacks the company engages in.

  • [By GuruFocus]

    These are the top 5 holdings of Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio)

    Wells Fargo & Co (WFC) – 463,458,123 shares, 21.8% of the total portfolio. Coca-Cola Co (KO) – 400,000,000 shares, 14.6% of the total portfolio. American Express Co (AXP) – 151,610,700 shares, 12.9% of the total portfolio. International Business Machines Corp (IBM) – 68,355,084 shares, 12.4% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 0.34% Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT) – 58,052,412 shares, 4.2% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 17.32% New Purchase: Verizon Communications Inc (VZ)

    Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) initiated holdings in Verizon Communications Inc. His purchase prices were between $45.98 and $49.3, with an estimated average price of $47.35. The impact to his portfolio due to this purchase was 0.5%. His holdings were 11,022,743 shares as of 03/31/2014.

  • [By Tom Taulli]

    True, CSOD has competition. But most of the players are mega companies like Oracle (ORCL) and IBM (IBM), which are far from nimble. Besides, the company has the advantage of being solely focused on talent management and its platform is available for companies of all sizes.

Top Blue Chip Companies To Own In Right Now: 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 MONEYMORNING.COM]

    That total would outpace the largest U.S. IPO to date, Visa Inc. (NYSE: V), which raised $19.65 billion when it hit the market on March 13, 2008. General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) checks in at No. 3 on the list, having raised $18.14 billion in its 2010 IPO.

  • [By Mark Morelli]

    How will the potential disruption impact business and affect investors? Should the executives at ATM manufacturers such as Diebold (NYSE: DBD  )  be worried? Credit and debit card processors like MasterCard (NYSE: MA  ) and Visa (NYSE: V  )  are already benefiting from the trend to a cashless society. Could things get even better?

  • [By Charley Blaine]

    Visa (NYSE: V): Tuesday close: $212.06. P/E ratio: 25.09.

    The credit-card processor is seeing growth around the world. It also expects, like Nike, to be a winner from the World Cup.

Top Blue Chip Companies To Own In Right Now: 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 Ben Levisohn]

    Boeing’s (BA) shares rose yesterday following its investor day, in which it said it would seek to become more like Apple (AAPL). Today, the gains are continuing as investors digest the meat of the presentation.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Boeing have gained 0.9% to $130.73 after CEO Jim McNerney said the company would look to be more like Apple (AAPL), with new product developments added over time–like Apple does with the iPad–rather than in one big, high-risk “moonshot.” Boeing also said that it would cut costs by another $2.1 billion from its defense business.

  • [By Daniel Kline and Jason Hellmann]

    When it comes time for Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  )  to release a new version of its iPhone, speculation about what the device will do and what new features if will offer floods the Internet. Some of the rumors are based on fact — at some point in the process Apple has to share info with its vendors who make cases and other accessories — while others are just wild speculation.

  • [By kcpl]

    Glu Mobile (GLUU)’s bad times are now probably over. The mobile gaming company was struggling last year but it has executed a remarkable turnaround in the last few months. The company is expected to scale greater heights at the end of 2013, and it received a huge boost when Apple (AAPL) signed a deal with China Mobile to sell iPhones in China. Moreover, Glu plans to bring a whole new experience to gamers with the Google Glass.