Top Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was lagging behind its main equity benchmarks in early Friday trade, with a drop in shares of Boeing Co.
BA, -1.09%
serving as the most significant factor, anchoring blue chips in the red. The Dow
DJIA, -0.14%
was down 0.1% at 25,968, with Boeing’s decline, off $3.57, or 1.1%, exacting a roughly 25-point toll on the price-weighted Dow. A $1 move in any one of the Dow’s 30 components equates to a 6.8-point swing in the index. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 index
SPX, +0.03%
and the Nasdaq Composite Index
COMP, +0.32%
were trading in positive territory after opening firmly lower on Friday. Concerns about international trade tensions have fueled selling in shares of industrials giants like Boeing because the multinational company’s revenues can be hurt by trade spats between the U.S. and other global parties, including Canada and China.

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: First Midwest Bancorp, Inc.(FMBI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    First Midwest Bancorp (NASDAQ:FMBI) reached a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Tuesday . The company traded as low as $26.92 and last traded at $26.74, with a volume of 58961 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $26.22.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Bancorp Bank (NASDAQ: TBBK) and First Midwest Bancorp (NASDAQ:FMBI) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability, earnings and institutional ownership.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. increased its holdings in First Midwest Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:FMBI) by 5.6% during the second quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund owned 622,052 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 32,814 shares during the quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc.’s holdings in First Midwest Bancorp were worth $15,844,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Opko Health Inc(OPK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: LTRPA) shares jumped 31.6 percent to $12.18 following TripAdvisor Q1 earnings beat.
    ZAGG Inc (NASDAQ: ZAGG) rose 26.5 percent to $14.55 after the company posted better-than-expected Q1 earnings.
    OPKO Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPK) shares gained 25 percent to $4.0234 following Q1 beat.
    Axon Enterprise, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAXN) jumped 23.5 percent to $55.12 following a big Q1 beat. The company raised its fiscal 2018 sales growth guidance from 16-18 percent to 18-20 percent.
    Penn Virginia Corporation (NASDAQ: PVAC) gained 23.3 percent to $59.00 after reporting Q1 results.
    TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) rose 22.5 percent to $47.51 after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Tuesday.
    Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) shares surged 21.7 percent to $3.36. Amazon.com's partnership with Sears started in 2017 with an agreement to sell Kenmore-branded appliances online. On Wednesday, the companies announced an extension of their relationship to now include tire delivery and installations.
    EP Energy Corporation (NYSE: EPE) jumped 21.3 percent to $2.68 following Q1 results.
    LendingClub Corporation (NYSE: LC) surged 20.4 percent to $3.395 following better-than-expected Q1 earnings.
    Superior Industries International, Inc. (NYSE: SUP) gained 19 percent to $15.82 after reporting Q1 results.
    Bellicum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLCM) shares rose 18.5 percent to $8.13 following Q1 results.
    Twilio Inc. (NYSE: TWLO) rose 18.3 percent to $52.47 after the company posted strong quarterly results.
    Cerus Corporation (NASDAQ: CERS) shares jumped 18.3 percent to $6.47 following quarterly results.
    IEC Electronics Corp. (NYSE: IEC) shares climbed 17 percent to $4.68 after reporting better-than-expected quarterly earnings.
    New Relic, Inc. (NYSE: NEWR) rose 16.8 percent to $90.10 following Q4 results.
    Gulfport Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: GPOR)
  • [By Todd Campbell]

    On Sept. 7, the Nasdaq halted trading in Opko Health (NASDAQ:OPK) after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) levied market manipulation charges against it and its billionaire CEO, Phillip Frost. The stock has remained halted ever since and that’s increasing concern that Opko Health investors will suffer significant losses. Is this news as bad as it seems?

  • [By VantagePoint]

    OPKO Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPK) follows a similar pattern, but to the downside. The market had a crossover to the upside in mid-April when that blue line made the cross above the black line. All of this indicated to traders that an uptrend was beginning. But over the last three trading days the stock appears to have entered a downtrend, as the two lines have crossed back over. This will be one to watch for further potential downside activity.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Opko Health Inc. (NASDAQ: OPK) dropped nearly 7% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $4.28 after closing at $4.60 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $9.01. Volume was around 7.7 million, nearly double the daily average of around 4.3 million. The company had no specific news.

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Verizon Communications Inc.(VZA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Danny Vena, Chris Neiger, and Leo Sun]

    Verizon (NYSE:VZ) (NYSE:VZA) is the largest wireless carrier in the U.S. and is well-known to income investors. Its dividend currently yields an impressive 4.3% and the company has raised its payout in each of the past 11 years. With a payout ratio of just 31%, it can easily handle its current dividend, with the potential for future increases. That said, although finding a better-paying income stock may be difficult, it’s certainly not impossible.

  • [By Danny Vena, Chris Neiger, and Leo Sun]

    With those factors in mind, we asked three Fool.com contributors to choose solid income payers with yields over 4%. Read on to find out why they chose AT&T (NYSE:T), Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE:BUD) and Verizon (NYSE:VZ) (NYSE:VZA).

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