Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now

Retirement investing is not what it used to be. In the old days, one could just invest in the safe stocks to buy, in blue chips, in a nice ladder of bonds, and do just fine.

Alas, the market has significantly changed. Much of this is due to the historically low interest rates weve had.

The problem with the Federal Reserves attempt to goose the economy is that it killed bond yields, forcing retired investors further out onto the risk curve, making it difficult to find safe stocks to buy. That has pushed stock prices far higher than they should be, if one subscribes (as I do) to the Peter Lynch theory that a stocks price should reflect its net income growth rate to be added to a list of stocks to buy.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: American Electric Power Company, Inc.(AEP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Masco (MAS) , American Electric Power (AEP) and Valmont Industries (VMI) .

    Cramer was bearish on Wisconsin Energy (WEC) .

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: BlackRock, Inc.(BLK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    Vanguard's latest fee cuts answer two such moves this year, including one this month, by rival BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE: BLK) and one fee reduction announcement by Charles Schwab Corp (NYSE: SCHW).

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Nintendo has a new stockholder: Shares of video game console maker Nintendo (NTDOY) rose slightly on news asset manager BlackRock (BLK) owns a 5.17% stake. With the new Nintendo Switch console being met with strong demand, the disclosure shouldn’t come as a shocker. If there is anything I have learned from covering Nintendo through the years, it’s that when the stock gets hot it tends to stay hot until something causes investors to reverse course. Nintendo’s stock is up 23% in the last three months, but look for more gains in the short-term. 

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp.(SBY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Mark Holder]

    Instead of competing in one-off auctions, the traditional method of acquiring homes and the one preferred by Silver Bay Realty Trust (NYSE: SBY  ) (NYSE: SBY  ) (NYSE: SBY  ) and American Homes 4 Rent (NYSE: AMH  ) (NYSE: AMH  ) (NYSE: AMH  ) , the company is obtaining non-performing loans in pools that include thousands of loans. The ultimate outcome of these different models is unknown, but the market hasso far supported Altisource Residential.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp (NYSE: SBY) got a boost, shooting up 18 percent to $21.47. Tricon Capital Group Inc. announced plans to buy Silver Bay Realty Trust for $21.50 per share.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Corning Incorporated(GLW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    CORNING INC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, CORNING INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.73 versus $1.34 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 20.2% in earnings ($1.38 versus $1.73).

     

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    We rate CORNING INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B. This is driven by a number of strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. 

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. When compared to other companies in the Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry and the overall market, CORNING INC’s return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

     

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    GLW, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 1.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 10.6%. Weakness in the company’s revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

     

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Back on December 5th of 2013, we added Corning (GLW) to our list around $16 and change. The stock ended up moving to a high of just over $25 per share early last year for roughly a 50% gain. Well, the stock has since come off again trading all the way back down to under $16 per share back in August of last year, before finding its way back up above $18 just yesterday. The context here is two-fold. First, the valuation metrics for GLW are once again suggesting another undervalued opportunity for a Company that is the clear leader in specialty glass and ceramics.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Annaly Capital Management Inc(NLY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Amanda Alix]

    It was just about one year ago that QE3 made its debut, and mortgage REITs, particularly agency-only players like Annaly Capital (NYSE: NLY  ) , Armour Residential (NYSE: ARR  ) , and American Capital Agency (NASDAQ: AGNC  ) began moaning about the increased competition for mortgage-backed securities guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Another tax-law provision gives favorable tax status to real-estate investment trusts. REITs make investments in real estate-related assets, and they’re required to pay out almost all their income to their shareholders annually.
    Simon Property Group (SPG) is one of the biggest REITs, focusing on shopping malls and paying a 3 percent yield. But other specialty areas of the REIT universe pay much higher dividends, with REITs like Annaly Capital (NLY) that invest in mortgage-backed securities topping the list with double-digit percentage yields.

  • [By Boniface Murigu]

    It’s no secret that mREITs such as American Capital Agency (NASDAQ: AGNC  ) (NASDAQ: AGNC  ) (NASDAQ: AGNC  ) , Annaly Capital Management (NYSE: NLY  ) (NYSE: NLY  ) (NYSE: NLY  ) ,and CYS Investmentshave gone through a very turbulent trading period, with all major players losing a sizable share of market value.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Hatteras Financial (HTS) has jumped 9.4% to $15.60 after agreeing to be purchased byAnnaly Capital Management (NLY) for $1.5 billion.Annaly Capital Management has dropped 1.1% to $$10.30.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Trinity Industries Inc.(TRN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Thursday’s regular session.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report", Pete Najarian spoke about high options activity in Trinity Industries Inc (NYSE: TRN).

    He said that options traders bought 5,200 contracts of the January 36 calls for $1.15 in the first half of the trading session. The trade breaks even at $37.15 or 3.17 percent above the closing price Monday. Najarian believes the stock is going to break out on the upside and he decided to follow the trade and buy the January calls. He is going to hold the position for two weeks.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Also seen aswinners are equipment and fixtures makers, from construction to rail to transports. Trinity Industries Inc. (NYSE: TRN), largely considered a rail winner, was up 1.4% at $27.20 late on Monday.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Freeport-McMoran, Inc.(FCX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today as metal & mining stocks rallied sharply after President Donald J. Trump signed executive orders meant to increase spending on infrastructure.

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    Freeport-McMoRangained 8.4% to $17.04 at 4:12 p.m. today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.7% to 2,280.07.

    In a note released yesterday, Jefferies analyst Christopher LaFemina and team noted that investor interest in Freeport-McMoRan and other miners has been rising:

    We met with 52 investors in the US over the past two weeks and have done calls with 117 investors globally over the past three weeks. This all follows a week of 30 investor meetings in London in December. The mix has been slightly more hedge funds than long only funds, but long only interest in mining has greatly increased. We expect the sector to outperform as fundamentals improve and long only rotation into mining continues. Buy Glencore, Freeport-McMoRan, Fortescue Metals, Rio Tinto (RIO), and BHP Billiton (BHP).

    Freeport-McMoRan’s market capitalization rose to $24.6 billion today from $21.4 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $12.2 billion on sales of $16.3 billion in 2015.

    Freeport-McMoRan is scheduled to report earnings tomorrow.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report, Jon Najarian spoke about unusually high options activity in Freeport-McMoRan Inc (NYSE: FCX). He said that traders were buying the January 13, 14-strike calls on Tuesday. He added that these calls expire prior to the earnings release and he is wondering if someone is betting that the company is going to pre-announce earnings results. Around 9,000 contracts were traded in the first half of the session and Jon Najarian decided to follow the trade. He is planning to hold the long position in Freeport-McMoRan for a week.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) ledthe S&P 500 today lower today after metal prices fell on concerns that President Donald J. Trump won’t be able to pass his pro-growth agenda.

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    Freeport-McMoRandropped 4.7% to $12.21, while the S&P 500 dipped 0.1% to 2,341.59.

    Evercore ISI’s Dennis DeBusschere and team discuss the impact of the healthcare failure on risky assists like commodities:

    Risk assets are lower globally as the USD continues to lead bond yields, global equities and commodity prices lower. The DXY is down -3% since March 10th and the declines accelerated overnight as investor concerns over the size, timing and likelihood of fiscal stimulus grow. In addition, PBoC Governor Zhou Xiaochuan noted that China is at the end of ultra-easing measures. The recent drumbeat of news from China noting that they are moving away from growth at all costs has helped push commodity prices lower. Declines in copper, iron ore and steel accelerated overnight.

    Freeport-McMoRan’s market capitalization fell to $17.6 billion.It reported a net lossof $3.9 billion on sales of $14.6 billion in 2016.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Natural Gas(NG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By William Romov]

    Over the last year, the number of short positions on gold stocks has fallen. One of these stocks is a Canadian gold mining company called NovaGold Resources Inc. (NYSE: NG). In the last 12 months, the volume of short bets on the stock declined 79%, to 522,400. This shows a shift in sentiment from bearish to bullish for gold.

  • [By James E. Brumley]

    When an investor thinks of Canadian gold mining stocks, NovaGold Resources Inc. (USA) (NYSEMKT:NG) and Yamana Gold Inc. (USA) (NYSE:AUY) are often the first names to come to mind. And well they should. Yamana Gold is a $2.5 billion giant, and NovaGold Resources seems to have been around forever.

    Those two icons aren’t the only way to tap into Canada’s sizeable gold mining industry though. There’s a small, up-and-coming player called Taranis Resources Inc. (OTCMKTS:TNREF, TSX:TRO) that could end up becoming another key fixture of the country’s mining landscape.

    Taranis develops mineral deposits into mine-ready projects. Its primary project right now — and it’s enough to keep the company plenty busy for the next several years — is the Thor property located near Trout Lake, British Columbia. NI 43-101 resource reports (indicated and inferred)suggest Thor contains 6.9 million ounces of silver, 35,000 ounces gold, 57 million pounds of lead, 79.4 million pounds of zinc and 3.3 Million pounds of copper (roughly a 14 million ounce silver equivalent (“AgEq”) deposit*) laying in wait in a way that lends itself to the establishment of a low-cost, open pit mining operation. That’s roughly $300 million worth of marketable metals, and the estimates have been steadily getting bigger as Tanaris does more survey work.

    And 2017 could be a real breakout year for Taranis, as a lot of the work that’s been done to date starts to mean something. It’s got big exploration plans for this year… this spring/summer to be exact.

    The Phase 1 program was completed in September of last year, setting the stage for a more defined and much bigger Phase 2 definition-drilling within the next several weeks. This Phase 2 definition drilling slated for the middle of this year will drill down to between 6000 m and 10,000 m.

    These so-called first generation target areas are generally well understood areas based on sound geological information includ

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    Canadian gold mining company NovaGold Resources Inc. (NYSE: NG) shows an even starker change in sentiment. In the last 12 months, the volume of short bets on the stock declined 79%, to 522,400.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Multi Packaging Solutions International Limited(MPSX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Bradley Seth McNew]

    Multi Packaging Solutions International Ltd. (NYSE:MPSX) shares jumped 23% as of noon EST today, on the news that the packaging company would be acquired by WestRock Company (NYSE:WRK) in a deal worth $2.3 billion, including nearly $900 million of debt.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Shenandoah Telecommunications Co(SHEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer said that Shenandoah Telecommunications (SHEN) is expensive at 60 times earnings, and without a dividend, he also took a pass on that one.

    Finally, Cramer said Hudson Technologies (HDSN) was a great stock to own in 2016, when shares soared 170%, but this year, he cannot recommend this high-flying refrigeration company.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, telecommunications services shares fell 0.45 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (NASDAQ: SHEN), down 3 percent, and TIM Participacoes SA (ADR) (NYSE: TSU) down 2 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, telecommunications services shares fell by 0.99 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: CHT), down 3 percent, and Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (NASDAQ: SHEN), down 4 percent.

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