Top Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now

One of the most difficult aspects of trading is timing the market. Odds are if you have been in the market over the past nine years, most likely you made some money. This bull market began in March of 2009, and 24/7 Wall St. is looking back to see how some major blue chip stocks compared to the broad markets over this time.

Back on March 6, 2009, the S&P 500 bottomed out at 666.79, and from there began perhaps the biggest bull market of the modern era. At the most recent close, the S&P 500 was at 2,677.67, more than quadrupling its bottom nearly nine years ago.

So how does Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) compare to the markets over the past nine years?

On an adjusted close basis, Goldman Sachs ended March 6, 2009, at $72.89 a share, or $81.72 on an unadjusted basis. Goldman Sachs most recently closed at $256.78 on an adjusted basis.

Checking the numbers, its fairly obvious that Goldman Sachss growth over this period has lagged the broad markets, with shares gaining only 250%. If you had invested $1,000 in Goldman Sachs back then, you would have just $3,522.84 as of Thursdays close.

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Foresight Energy LP(FELP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Foresight Energy (NYSE:FELP) – Analysts at B. Riley lifted their Q2 2018 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for Foresight Energy in a research report issued to clients and investors on Wednesday, May 9th. B. Riley analyst L. Pipes now forecasts that the energy company will post earnings of ($0.08) per share for the quarter, up from their previous forecast of ($0.12). B. Riley has a “Neutral” rating and a $4.00 price objective on the stock. B. Riley also issued estimates for Foresight Energy’s Q3 2018 earnings at ($0.07) EPS, Q4 2018 earnings at ($0.08) EPS, FY2018 earnings at ($0.35) EPS, FY2019 earnings at ($0.26) EPS and FY2020 earnings at ($0.39) EPS.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Foresight Energy (NYSE:FELP) released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday. The energy company reported ($0.15) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.07) by ($0.08), reports. Foresight Energy had a negative net margin of 18.78% and a negative return on equity of 3.93%.

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Realogy Holdings Corp.(RLGY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Realogy (NYSE:RLGY) had its target price trimmed by Citigroup from $37.00 to $35.00 in a report released on Friday morning. The firm currently has a buy rating on the financial services provider’s stock.

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: U.S. Bancorp(USB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB) should be positioned to do well compared with the rest of the major banks in 2018 and beyond. The problem is that you would never know it if you only looked at its stock price. This is the largest regional bank in America, as well as the seventh largest bank in America by assets. Is it possible that all the good things and solid returns are more than fully reflected in the share price?

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) leads a busy day of earnings reports. The company reported earnings per share (EPS) of $1.37 on top of $11.08 billion in revenue. Analysts projected EPS of $1.28 on top of $10.45 billion in revenue. Shares of MS stock popped 2.4% thanks to stronger profits (a 26% jump) from the company’s trading division. Recent market volatility has benefited the trading operations of Wall Street investment banks. Here’s how you can tap into volatility for big profits this week. Once again, markets are keeping a close eye on ongoing issues between the United States and its largest trading partners. According to reports, trade problems are expected to offset any gains projected from recent tax reform. The news comes as China is looking to get other U.S. trade partners to stand on their side and oppose American protectionism. Meanwhile, NAFTA officials are set to meet in Washington in order to accelerate the renegotiation of the three-nation trade agreement. This news comes the same morning that U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter to bash the Trans-Pacific Partnership. “While Japan and South Korea would like us to go back into TPP, I don’t like the deal for the United States,” he tweeted. Trump recently raised the possibility that the United States could join the 11-nation deal. Farming groups have been pushing Trump to rejoin the treaty due to the competitive disadvantage they will face against farmers in Canada, Mexico, and Australia, three member states of the deal.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: MS, AXP, AXP
    International Business Machines Corp.(NYSE:IBM) shares plunged more than 5.4% in pre-market hours after the company reported weaker-than-expected forward guidance after the bell on Tuesday. The company reported EPS of $2.45, a figure that beat analysts’ expectations by $0.03. Its $19.1 billion in revenue also topped Wall Street expectations. However, the firm fell short on its annual profit outlook. People are lining up again to gi

  • [By John Maxfield]

    Lapera: [laughs] In that case,now that we’re done with this small talk, let’s talk aboutPNC Bankandshareholder letters. We’re going to interweave the two topics. Let’s start with what’s going on with PNC Bank in general right now. Thereason we picked PNC Bank to begin with is becauseafter doing that [U.S. Bancorp] (NYSE: USB) episode last week, which,if you want to link to that, I’m happy to send it. Maxfield finally published that article onthe Richard Davis interview. If you emailed me about that,I’m going to email you back as soon as the show is over and send that to you. Ifanyone else wants that article,I’m more than happy to email it to you. Our email is industryfocus@fool.com. Winding back,the reason we’re talking about PNC Bank isbecause we talked about how great U.S. Bancorp’sefficiency ratio is, and PNC Bank has aneven better one.

  • [By Jordan Wathen, Matthew Frankel, and Dan Caplinger]

    But investors can do even better by selecting the very best banks the market has to offer. Below, three Fool.com contributors make the case for whyBB&T Corporation (NYSE:BBT), US Bancorp (NYSE:USB), and Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS)are worthy additions to your portfolio.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB) has long been one of the most efficient big banks in the United States. But the Minneapolis-based bank doesn’t approach efficiency in the same way that most of its competitors do. As opposed to focusing on expenses, U.S. Bancorp has minimized its efficiency ratio by driving revenue.