Top Blue Chip Stocks For 2018

(Published Feb. 26 by Bob Ciura)

Finding stocks that have paid 100 years of dividends is no easy task. Couple this with a 3%-plus starting yield, and the task becomes that much harder.

CenterPoint Energy (NYSE:CNP) is one of a select few blue chip stocks that offers both. In fact, it goes even further – it has a 4% dividend yield.

It makes the list thanks to its steady business model. CenterPoint is an electric and gas utility, which is one of the most stable business models an investor can find.

CenterPoint recently increased its dividend by 4%, to $1.07 per share annualized. This was its 12th year in a row of consecutive dividend growth.

CenterPoint is a Dividend Achiever, a group of 272 stocks with 10-plus years of consecutive dividend increases.

You can see the full Dividend Achievers List here.

Business model

CenterPoint isn’t a run-of-the-mill utility. Most utility stocks are pure-play electric utilities.

Top Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Safe Bulkers Inc(SB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    StarBulk Carriers (SBLK) and Safe Bulkers (SB) have more than tripled during the past 12 months, while Golden Ocean Group (GOGL) has more than doubled. So it must be time for an upgrade right?

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    Meanwhile, Safe Bulkers, Inc. (NYSE: SB) rose $0.73 throughout the 2016, Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHIP) fell $1.69 and Navios Maritime Partners L.P. (NYSE: NMM) dropped $0.93.

Top Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Visteon Corporation(VC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Visteon (VC) : “You need to let this one come down a little, then pull the trigger.”

    American Tower (AMT) : “This is the best in the business and is worth owning, even if the chart looks terrible.”

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of Solus Alternative Asset Management LP’s stock buys and sells, go to http://www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=Solus+Alternative+Asset+Management+LP

    These are the top 5 holdings of Solus Alternative Asset Management LPC&J Energy Services Inc (CJ) – 7,553,128 shares, 48.21% of the total portfolio. Loral Space & Communications Inc (LORL) – 1,936,891 shares, 14.99% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 0.57%Visteon Corp (VC) – 633,018 shares, 12.03% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 22.88%Peabody Energy Corp (BTU) – 2,160,564 shares, 9.84% of the total portfolio. New PositionDynegy Inc (DYN) – 3,022,583 shares, 4.66%

Top Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: National Grid Transco, PLC(NGG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    National Grid (NYSE:NGG) came out with some interesting information last week, saying 2.4 GW of distributed solar was added in the U.K. between February 2016 and February 2017 and another 1.5 GW is expected in the next year. The U.K. isn’t exactly a hotbed for solar activity, but it’s growing as an important market.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Among utilities, National Grid (NGG) is my best pick for 2017, as it’s an almost perfect hedge against uncertainty. It’s insulated from changes in government interest rates. It can be both an inflation hedge and a play on a strong dollar.

  • [By Tyler Crowe, Dan Caplinger, and Neha Chamaria]

    We asked three of our contributors to highlight a stock they see as a dividend stock to buy in February. They responded with automaker Ford Motors (NYSE:F), oil and gas logistics company Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE:EPD), and electricity transmission specialist National Grid (NYSE:NGG). Here’s a quick run-down as to why investors should take a look at these high-yield stocks.

Top Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Matrix Service Company(MTRX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Matrix Service Co (NASDAQ: MTRX) shares were also up, gaining 16 percent to $18.58 as the company posted better-than-expected Q4 results.

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