Best Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now

Stocks couldn’t shake off early losses and all three major indexes ended lower on Thursday.

Bloomberg News

The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 210.79 points, or 1.17%, to 17830.76. The S&P 500 Index fell 19.34 points, or 0.92%, to 2075.81. The Nasdaq slid 57.85 points, or 1.19%, to 4805.29.

Blue chips were dragged down by Apple (AAPL): Just days after its disappointing earnings, billionaire Carl Icahn said he no longer has a stake in the stock.

From a data standpoint, First quarter gross domestic product grew 0.5%, below economists’ expectations, overshadowing an upbeat jobs report that saw unemployment fall to a four-decade low.

Stifel’s Lindsey Piegza writes that this could push out any interest rate hikes:

From a policy standpoint, should the U.S. economy post meaningful improvement between now and June, assuming the Fed’s concerns surrounding international “risks” are not reignited, policy makers appear well positioned to announce the second rate hike in less than two months’ time.  Of course, following this morning’s disappointing GDP report, it’s difficult to imagine a marked improvement in the economy over the next two months.  More likely, the combination of stagnant economic conditions, a still-restrained consumer, and ongoing concerns regarding risks of contagion from developments abroad – whether directly identified in the statement or not – will make it increasingly difficult for the Fed to raise rates once in the remaining nine months of 2016, if at all.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Escalade, Incorporated(ESCA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    ZPR Investment Management purchased a new stake in Escalade, Inc. (NASDAQ:ESCA) in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The fund purchased 11,422 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $156,000.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Escalade (NASDAQ: ESCA) and Sports Direct Intl (OTCMKTS:SDISY) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk and valuation.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Blackrock MuniYield Quality Fund, Inc.(MQY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Media stories about Blackrock Muniyield Quality Fund (NYSE:MQY) have been trending positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Blackrock Muniyield Quality Fund earned a media sentiment score of 0.50 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 44.9174412716067 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: McEwen Mining Inc.(MUX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    McEwen Mining Inc. (NYSE: MUX) is an American mining firm with operations across North and South America.

    Currently, McEwen operates three mines – one in Argentina, one in Mexico, and a final operation in Canada.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    HC Wainwright set a $5.00 price target on McEwen Mining (NYSE:MUX) (TSE:MUX) in a research report released on Friday. The firm currently has a buy rating on the basic materials company’s stock.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Endeavour Silver (NYSE:EXK) and McEwen Mining (NYSE:MUX) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and dividends.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Cohn & Steers Inc(CNS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of Cohen & Steers, Inc. (NYSE:CNS) have earned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the six research firms that are presently covering the company, MarketBeat.com reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, three have issued a hold recommendation and one has given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month target price among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $38.33.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Pershing Gold Corporation(PGLC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

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