Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now


During these busy times, it pays to stay on top of the latest profit opportunities, and today’s blog post is a great place to start.

After taking a close look at the latest data on institutional buying pressure and each company’s fundamental health, I decided to revise my Portfolio Grader recommendations for 82 big blue chips.

Chances are that you have at least one of these stocks in your portfolio, so you may want to give this list a skim and act accordingly.

This Week’s Ratings Changes:

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc.(WEN)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stark Merrifield]

    Bill Ackman: Fifty-year-old Ackmans career began in 1992 when he and fellow Harvard graduate David P. Berkowtiz founded the investment firm Gotham Partners. The firms high-profile bid for Rockefeller Center in New York caused investors to flock to the firm, growing it to $500 million in assets. Then in 2004, with $54 million in personal funding, Ackman started Pershing Square Capital Management. Through Pershing, Ackman bought significant shares in companies like Wendys Co. (Nasdaq: WEN), Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT), Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG), and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX). Today, Ackman is worth $1.4 billion and is No. 256 on the Forbes 400.

  • [By Jim Jubak, Senior Markets Editor, MoneyShow.com]

    It’s hard for any company to raise prices in the current non-inflationary environment. But it’s especially hard right now for operators of fast food restaurants, given the intense price competition in a very crowded marketplace. McDonald’s sales growth in recent quarters has been driven by the success of its Dollar Menu, so raising prices in that segment are a big deal for the company. In addition, pushback from franchisees who say they can’t afford to refurbish their stores, given higher charges from McDonald’s hits at one of McDonald’s key advantages in its market—it’s ability to refresh stores more frequently than competitors. A McDonald’s refresh at $600,000 on average, according to the company, costs substantially more than a remodel at Burger King (BKW) at $300,000 or Wendy’s (WEN) at $375,000 for the least expensive version. McDonald’s restaurants average $2.5 million in annual sales.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Upgrades had a big impact on stocks today. Wendy’s (WEN), for instance, gained 4.5% to $8.62 after being upgraded to Buy at Argus, while Cash America (CSH) advanced 3.7% to $44.32 after being upgraded to Market Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities. Walgreen (WAG) proved the big winner in the S&P 500 afterGoldman Sachs called the stock a Conviction Buy.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Analysts expect Wendys Co (NASDAQ: WEN) to report its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $352.08 million. Wendys shares rose 1.79 percent to $11.38 in after-hours trading.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Wendys Co (NASDAQ: WEN) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $352.08 million.

    Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $663.74 million.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: LeMaitre Vascular, Inc.(LMAT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    The list of below stocks is notable as the shares have traded on sequentially increasing volume spanning the trading days from September 16 to September 20:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, healthcare shares rose by just 0.6 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included LeMaitre Vascular Inc (NASDAQ: LMAT), down 5 percent, and pSivida Corp. (NASDAQ: PSDV), down 3 percent.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Bayer Aktiengesellschaft (BAYRY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]

    Fertilizers are only one input when it comes to farming, the equipment business has suffered, and seed suppliers are certainly concerned. Perhaps that is why another merger occurred last week between Monsanto (NYSE:MON) and Bayer (OTCPK:BAYRY). Bayer AG agreed to buy the U.S. seed manufacturer for $128 per share or approximately $47 billion creating a mammoth company with a combined value of almost $134.5 billion. The $128 per share price works out to a valuation of around 16 times earnings, which is cheap in a market where the average of S&P 500 stocks is trading at over 26.5 times earnings. However, the weakness in the agricultural sector caused disappointing earnings for Monsanto in the third quarter and a downbeat outlook for the future caused MON to accept Bayer’s bid. Bayer bought Monsanto at a low price, lowering the risk of the transaction for the German health care and agricultural giant.

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    Nektar Therapeutics is working with Bayer AG (NASDAQOTH:BAYRY) on an inhaledversion of Amikacin, an anti-bacterial that if successful in trials could be used alongside standard of care to treat gram-negative pneumonia in intubated and mechanically ventilated patients. If it’s eventually approved in the U.S., Nektar Therapeutics will receive a flat 30% royalty on sales. It’s also working with Bayer on an inhaled powder formulation of Cipro that could be used to treat chronic lung infections in cystic fibrosis patients. Top-line phase 3 results on both drugs should be available this year.

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    BeforeBayer(NASDAQOTH: BAYRY)arrived onto the scene, I viewedMonsanto(NYSE: MON)as an intriguing growth stock. It has a rich history of delivering value to shareholders and continues to hold a dominant technological edge over key competitors in crop protection products, seeds, and traits. While little has changed its promising pipeline and portfolio, the pending acquisition throws a wrench in anyone’s plans to start or add to a position. Uncertainty stemming from the merger provides several terrible reasons to buy Monsanto at this time.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Restoration Hardware Holdings Inc.(RH)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    RH (RH) has surged 16% to$44.25 after the company formerly known as Restoration Hardware after beating earnings and revenue forecasts, and offering upbeat guidance.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market mounted a last-minute rally to keep its string of winning days alive, as all three major market benchmarks recovered from losses during most of the day to close higher. The performance again showed the complete confidence that investors seem to have in the market’s longer-term future, despite the fact that some believe that stocks have generally risen too quickly and have been hoping for a pullback. Enough investors seem to be waiting for an opportunity to buy that losses have generally been muted and short-lived. Moreover, some good news sent many individual stocks higher, and Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN), RH (NYSE:RH), and Applied Optoelectronics (NASDAQ:AAOI) were among the top performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so well.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of RH (NYSE: RH) got a boost, shooting up 27 percent to $32.10 after the company reported strong preliminary results for its fourth quarter. The company also announced a $300 million buyback plan.

Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Rigel Pharmaceuticals Inc.(RIGL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIGL) shares dropped 22 percent to $2.52 after the company reported results from the second FIT Phase 3 study for fostamatinib. The company disclosed that the study did not meet primary endpoint.

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