Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018

If small-company stocks offer the chance to get into businesses on the ground floor, and big blue chips offer world-beating stability, what do shares of midsize companies bring to the table? Historically, superior returns. Since 1980, the Russell Midcap index, which tracks U.S. stocks with $934 million to $34 billion in market capitalization (stock price times shares outstanding), returned 12.9% per year, on averageahead of the large-cap Standard & Poors 500-stock index (11.7%) and the small-cap Russell 2000 index (11%).

See Also: Mid-Cap Stocks Are the Market’s Sweet Spot

Patrick Dunkerley, who comanages the Scout Mid Cap Fund (UMBMX), describes mid caps as a market sweet spot, offering more stability than small companies (thanks to, among other things, more-seasoned executives) and better growth potential than large firms. The fund, which holds 142 stocks, aims to eclipse the long-term performance of the Russell Midcap index.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Urban Outfitters Inc.(URBN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Urban Outfitters Inc. (NASDAQ: URBN) also will report its most recent quarterly results on Tuesday. The consensus estimates call for $0.63 in EPS and $1.08 billion in revenue. Shares were last seen trading at $36.48, in a 52-week range of $16.19 to $38.06. The consensus price target is $34.62.

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    Some reasons for my bearishness on retail stocks:

    Higher Energy Prices. Oil prices have rallied dramatically and back to 2014 levels, rising from about $35 a barrel in early 2016 to around $67 Thursday. That’s bad news for U.S. retailers, as rising oil prices historically squeeze consumer disposable incomes. That’s one reason why I’ve been consistently raising my short exposure to retail and plan to continue doing so. Shaky Same-Store Sales Growth. Recent improvements to same-store sales at Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) , Urban Outfitters (URBN) , Dillard’s (DDS) , Gap Inc. (GPS) and Macy’s (M) come against downgraded expectations, and might not be sustainable anyway. No Deal for Nordstrom (JWN) . The Nordstrom family has apparently abandoned plans to take its namesake company private. I had expressed concerns that this would happen. Higher Interest Rates. A rise in the London Inter-Bank Offered Rate (LIBOR) has recently accelerated. That’s bad news for retailers, as many variable-rate consumer debts (particularly mortgages) key off of the LIBOR. This will likely put a damper on mortgage refinancings — something that many see as an important ingredient for personal-consumption expenditures.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Urban Outfitters Inc. (NASDAQ: URBN) is scheduled to release its most recent quarterly results after the markets close on Tuesday. The consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters call for $0.63 in earnings per share (EPS) on $1.08 billion in revenue. In the fourth quarter of last year, the retailer said it had EPS of $0.55 and $1.03 billion in revenue.

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    In the mid-level, Boss said that Urban Outfitters (URBN) is recovering, along with Kohl’s Stores (KSS) . He also liked PVH (PVH) and Lululemon Athletica (LULU) .

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Home Depot, Inc. (HD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jeremy Bowman, Leo Sun, and Steve Symington]

    To take advantage of that potential boom, we asked three of our retail writers for their top picks for May. See why they recommend Dollar General (NYSE:DG), Tanger Factory Outlet Centers (NYSE:SKT), and Home Depot (NYSE:HD).

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    Fresh from its first $100 billion sales year ever, Home Depot (NYSE:HD) is set to kick off fiscal 2018 with more positive news for shareholders. The home improvement retailer’s first-quarter results, due out on May 15, likely benefited from U.S. economic growth and more market share gains that were just slightly offset by challenges like increased competition and higher mortgage rates.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The Dow stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close Wednesday was The Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD) which traded up 3.00% at $180.16. The stock’s 52-week range is $144.25 to $207.61. Volume was about 20% below the daily average of around 5.4 million. There company announced this morning that it plans to hire 1,000 IT workers to strengthen its position against e-commerce behemoth Amazon.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    The Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE: HD) was last seen down 1.5% at $173.80, but that’s down over 16% from its recent all-time high of $207.61. Maybe with home values up and with affordability becoming harder to justify it means that maybe all the great work they have been doing won’t keep on working ahead.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Tutor Perini Corporation(TPC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Companies Reporting After The Bell
    Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $10.67 per share on revenue of $2.87 billion.
    CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.19 per share on revenue of $6.00 billion.
    Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $1.21 per share on revenue of $803.36 million.
    Spectra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE: SEP) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.81 per share on revenue of $751.57 million.
    IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: IAC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.8 per share on revenue of $923.80 million.
    Open Text Corporation (NASDAQ: OTEX) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.62 per share on revenue of $691.75 million.
    Tutor Perini Corporation (NYSE: TPC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.29 per share on revenue of $1.09 billion.
    Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (NASDAQ: FOXA) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.54 per share on revenue of $7.41 billion.
    ICU Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: ICUI) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $1.84 per share on revenue of $346.28 million.
    TechnipFMC plc (NYSE: FTI) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.33 per share on revenue of $3.13 billion.
    Synaptics Incorporated (NASDAQ: SYNA) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.91 per share on revenue of $401.76 million.
    The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (NYSE: DNB) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $1.07 per share on revenue of $386.91 million.
    Matrix Service Company (NASDAQ: MTRX) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $285.16 million.
    Maiden Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MHLD) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.21 per share on revenue of $739.31 million.
    tronc, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRNC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.65 per share on revenue of $428.25 million.
    Copa Holdings,

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Tutor Perini (NYSE:TPC) is set to release its Q1 earnings data after the market closes on Wednesday, May 9th. Analysts expect Tutor Perini to post earnings of $0.27 per share for the quarter. Tutor Perini has set its FY18 guidance at $1.90-$2.30 EPS.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: 3M Company(MMM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    3M Company (NYSE: MMM) traded down 5.05%% at $232.79. The stock’s 52-week range is $173.90 to $259.77. Volume was around 4.8 million shares, more than double the daily average of about 2 million. The company had no specific news.

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    3M (MMM) : “The company said that March might be weak, and that was all she wrote. “

    Granite Construction (GVA) : “No, I’d rather see you in Martin Marietta Materials (MLM) .”

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.51 per share on revenue of $14.62 billion.
    The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.46 per share on revenue of $7.31 billion.
    Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $2.07 per share on revenue of $11.93 billion.
    Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.11 per share on revenue of $31.22 billion.
    Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $3.42 per share on revenue of $11.28 billion.
    The Sherwin-Williams Company (NYSE: SHW) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $3.15 per share on revenue of $3.94 billion.
    Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $5.92 per share on revenue of $3.15 billion.
    3M Company (NYSE: MMM) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.52 per share on revenue of $8.26 billion.
    JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ: JBLU) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.2 per share on revenue of $1.75 billion.
    Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.13 per share on revenue of $5.49 billion.
    Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE: HOG) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.88 per share on revenue of $1.25 billion.
    Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.3 per share on revenue of $2.50 billion.
    Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.88 per share on revenue of $13.28 billion.
    The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.77 per share on revenue of $6.75 billion.
    Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $2.16 billion.
    PACCAR Inc (NASDAQ: PCAR) is projected to
  • [By Chris Lange]

    3M Co. (NYSE: MMM) reported its first-quarter earnings results before the markets opened on Tuesday. The company posted $2.50 in earnings per share (EPS) on $8.28 billion in revenue, which compares with consensus estimates of $2.52 in EPS on revenue of $8.26 billion. In the same period of last year, 3M said it had EPS of $2.16 and $7.68 billion in revenue.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close Monday was 3M Company (NYSE: MMM) which traded up 3.23% at $244.68. The stock’s 52-week range is $86.31 to $259.77. Volume was about 25% lower than the daily average of around 2.4 million. The company had no specific news Monday.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Medtronic plc(MDT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Stephens Inc. AR boosted its holdings in shares of Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) by 8.2% during the first quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 119,490 shares of the medical technology company’s stock after purchasing an additional 9,044 shares during the quarter. Stephens Inc. AR’s holdings in Medtronic were worth $9,586,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Monday was Medtronic PLC (NYSE: MDT) which rose over 4% to $84.85. The stocks 52-week range is $76.41 to $89.72. Volume was 9.6 million compared to the daily average volume of 5.2 million.

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    Medtronic (NYSE: MDT) yields 2.2% annually and has grown its dividend by 12.1% annually over the last five years. Not only does the company offer an attractive dividend, it also returns cash to investors through an aggressive buyback program. Medtronic generated $5.6 billion in free cash flow last year, returning $3.5 billion through share repurchases and nearly $2.4 billion in dividends.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market posted small advances on Monday, with most major benchmarks picking up between 0.4% and 0.8%. Much of the attention on Wall Street centered on other financial markets, which included favorable price action in oil, a surge in the value of the U.S. dollar against many foreign currencies, and relatively weak performance from gold. Yet there was still plenty of good news that sent individual companies’ shares higher. Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (NYSE:TEVA), Gramercy Property Trust (NYSE:GPT), and Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) were among the best performers on the day. Here’s why they did so well.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Health Insurance Innovations, Inc.(HIIQ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Health Insurance Innovations (NASDAQ:HIIQ) saw unusually-high trading volume on Thursday after the company announced better than expected quarterly earnings. Approximately 2,255,517 shares were traded during mid-day trading, an increase of 457% from the previous session’s volume of 404,884 shares.The stock last traded at $28.70 and had previously closed at $27.65.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Health Insurance Innovations (NASDAQ:HIIQ) was upgraded by investment analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a note issued to investors on Wednesday.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Health Insurance Innovations (NASDAQ: HIIQ) and Crawford & Company (NYSE:CRD.B) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitability.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Lydall, Inc.(LDL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Barclays PLC(BCS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Investors are becoming increasingly bullish about BTC, as financial institutions like Barclays Plc. (NYSE: BCS) become more interested in entering the cryptocurrency market.

  • [By Eric Volkman]

    The underwriting syndicate is large and star-studded. It is led by Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), JPMorgan Chase’s(NYSE:JPM)J.P. Morgan Securities, Barclays (NYSE: BCS) Capital, and Citigroup (NYSE: C) Global Markets.

  • [By Matthew Cochrane]

    In Kenya, 28 million consumers can now seamlessly integrate their M-Pesa accounts with PayPal. In Spain, CaixaBank and Bankia both further integrated their online sites with PayPal. HSBC Holdings PLC (NYSE:HSBC) now allows corporate customers in the U.K. to pay distributions to beneficiaries through PayPal, a capability to be rolled out across Europe in the coming months. Barclays PLC (NYSE:BCS) announced a strategic partnership that enables its customers to more easily link their accounts to PayPal, and soon to use their reward points on PayPal’s digital platform.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Some of this sentiment has been fueled by optimism that UK investment bank Barclays Plc. (NYSE: BCS) is looking to open a cryptocurrency trading desk in the months ahead.

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is teaming up with investment banking giant Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) to develop and launch a new co-branded credit card next year, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. This would replace the tech giant’s current partnership with Barclays (NYSE:BCS), and would be issued under the Apple Pay brand name.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Baidu Inc.(BIDU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Leo Sun]

    That expansion can be hard to keep track of, but investors should recognize the five companies which Tencent could hurt: NetEase (NASDAQ:NTES), Weibo (NASDAQ:WB), Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU), iQiyi (NASDAQ:IQ), and Alibaba (NYSE:BABA).

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Tencent’s ecosystem covers lots of markets. WeChat, the most popular messaging app in China, grew its monthly active users (MAUs) 11% annually to 989 million last quarter. The expansion of WeChat — which offers ride hailing, delivery services, e-commerce features, games, payments, and other services — widens Tencent’s moat against search giant Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) and e-commerce heavyweight Alibaba (NYSE:BABA).

  • [By Alexander Bird]

    Baidu Inc. (Nasdaq: BIDU), the company that manages China’s dominant search engine, has seen its stock price increase 2,000% since 2006. Investment conglomerate Tencent Holdings Ltd. is up a modest 118,550% since its debut on the Hong Kong Exchange in 2004.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) jumped 46.7 percent to $16.1331. The low-float small-cap clinical stage gene therapy company saw its stock rally nearly 150 percent from Monday through Thursday. Formal news hasn't been announced this week that would support a triple-digit percentage rally (including more than 200 percent at one point on Thursday) but the quiet period following its initial public offering will expire on May 8.
    Celyad SA (NASDAQ: CYAD) shares gained 24.7 percent to $36.17. Celyad reported the publication of THINK study case report of CYAD-01 Induced Complete Remission in relapsed/refractory AML patient in haematologica.
    DMC Global Inc. (NASDAQ: BOOM) shares jumped 23.2 percent to $39.00 after the company reported upbeat Q1 results and issued upbeat Q2 guidance.
    eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: EHTH) gained 21.8 percent to $19.58 as the company posted upbeat Q1 results.
    Enova International, Inc. (NYSE: ENVA) climbed 20.4 percent to $27.20 following Q1 results.
    SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ: SIVB) shares jumped 18.2 percent to $304.135 following strong quarterly results.
    Knowles Corporation (NYSE: KN) gained 13.9 percent to $12.70 as the company reported Q1 results.
    Zymeworks Inc. (NYSE: ZYME) gained 13.8 percent to $17.36.
    Cocrystal Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: COCP) rose 11.8 percent to $2.336 after declining 25.09 percent on Thursday.
    ImmunoGen, Inc. (NASDAQ: IMGN) shares surged 11.7 percent to $11.75 after the company announced 'successful completion of interim analysis' for FORWARD I Phase 3 mirvetuximab soravtansine trial.
    Eloxx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELOX) gained 9.5 percent to $12.70.
    Expedia Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) shares rose 8.5 percent to $115.3801 after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter on Thursday.
    Sprint Corporation (NYSE: S) shares rose 8.3 percent to $6.50. The stock moved higher after a Reuters report suggested ongoing merger talks with T-M
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    Alibaba began quietly testing autonomous driving technologies last year, led by Wang Gang, the chief scientist of Alibaba’s A.I. Labs. Despite its late start, Alibaba appears to be moving quickly. Although it will be playing catch up to Baidu (BIDU) and Tencent (TCEHY) , which already have approval from Chinese regulators for open-road testing.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Bank of Hawaii Corporation(BOH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.71 per share on revenue of $4.60 billion.
    Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.42 per share on revenue of $5.75 billion.
    Lennox International Inc. (NYSE: LII) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.09 per share on revenue of $815.16 million.
    Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALK) is projected to report quarterly loss at $0.12 per share on revenue of $1.82 billion.
    Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.35 per share on revenue of $822.15 million.
    Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: LECO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.08 per share on revenue of $729.83 million.
    Tennant Company (NYSE: TNC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.15 per share on revenue of $251.93 million.
    FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.67 per share on revenue of $3.43 billion.
    Koninklijke Philips NV (ADR) (NYSE: PHG) is estimated to report earnings for its first quarter.
    Bank of Hawaii Corporation (NYSE: BOH) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.23 per share on revenue of $162.39 million.
    Avangrid, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.79 per share on revenue of $1.72 billion.

     

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) reported weaker-than-expected results for its first quarter on Monday.
    Subsea 7 S.A. confirmed a $7.00 per share proposal to acquire McDermott International Inc (NYSE: MDR).
    CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) announced plans to acquire Vectren Corp (NYSE: VVC) for $72 per share in cash.
    Bank of Hawaii Corporation (NYSE: BOH) reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter.

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