Top Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2018

&l;p&g;&l;img class=&q;size-full wp-image-7014&q; src=&q;http://blogs-images.forbes.com/baldwin/files/2018/04/0327_Murray-Vinyard-Vines_650x455.jpg?width=960&q; alt=&q;&q; data-height=&q;455&q; data-width=&q;650&q;&g; The Murrays of Vineyard Vines

Privately held Vineyard Vines is the subject of an &l;a href=&q;http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevenbertoni/2018/04/10/how-vineyard-vines-built-a-giant-brand-without-raising-a-penny-of-equity&q;&g;entrepreneurial tale&l;/a&g; in the April 30 issue of &l;em&g;Forbes&l;/em&g;. What does its success tell investors about the public market for apparel manufacturers and apparel vendors? It might remind us that any business going from cold to hot overnight could just as easily go the other way. Such fashionable outfits as Abercrombie &a;amp; Fitch, the Limited and Wet Seal were once hot and then not so hot.

If you must invest in something stylish, go for a blue chip like &l;strong&g;Ralph Lauren&a;nbsp;(RL)&l;/strong&g; rather than a fast grower like &l;strong&g;Lululemon Athletica (LULU)&l;/strong&g;. Lauren has shrunk its footprint recently, but it&s;s still a solid business; its enterprise value (market capitalization plus debt minus cash) is an affordable 8 times earnings before depreciation, interest and taxes. Lulu&s;s multiple is 19.

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2018: Internet Initiative Japan Inc.(IIJI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, telecommunications services shares fell by 0.29 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Telecom Italia SpA (ADR) (NYSE: TI), down 4 percent, and Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ: IIJI), down 3 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, telecommunications services shares fell 0.29 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited (ADR) (NYSE: CHU), down 6 percent, and Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ: IIJI), down 2 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, telecommunications services shares rose by just 0.03 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ: IIJI), down 4 percent, and DigitalGlobe Inc (NYSE: DGI), down 2 percent.

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2018: Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (BND)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Selena Maranjian]

    You can also opt for exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, that focus on the same indexes — such as the SPDR S&P 500 ETF(NYSEMKT: SPY), Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (NYSEMKT: VTI), and Vanguard Total World Stock ETF (NYSEMKT: VT). You can balance out your portfolio with bonds via index mutual funds and ETFs, too. The Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (NYSEMKT: BND) is one such option.

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2018: Cheniere Energy Partners LP Holdings, LLC(CQH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    I wouldn’t personally buy Cheniere Energy — it has a complex corporate structure that includes not just Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. but also Cheniere Energy Partners LP Holdings LLC (NYSE: CQH),where the only asset is an ownership stake in Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. Cheniere Energy is attempting to resolve this issue by acquiring Cheniere Energy Partners LP Holdings. Until that process is complete, however, that’s just too much corporate complexity for my taste.

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2018: iShares US Basic Materials (IYM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of small cap Apogee Enterprises strongly outperforming potential performancebenchmarks like theMaterials Select Sector SPDR (NYSEARCA: XLB) and iShares Dow Jones US Basic Materials ETF (NYSEARCA: IYM) albeit that performance has fallen off: