Top Blue Chip Stocks For 2018


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A few weeks ago we discussed how you can make 12% annually, forever, from stocks. Now let’s apply those lessons to 2017, and highlight five that should do even better (17%+ returns) this year (and likely beyond).

Remember, projecting our returns from any given stock is simple. We simply add together the three ways it can pay us:

Its current dividend.

A future dividend hike.

Share repurchases.

It also helps if the stock is inexpensive, as buybacks deliver more bang for management’s buck. So let’s stick with stocks that are dirt-cheap, trading for 10-times free cash flow (FCF) or less for this exercise.


Here’s an example of a stock ready to return 17% or more over the next year. Blue chip refiner Valero (VLO) has a great management team that knows how to make money no matter what happens with energy prices.

Top Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Limelight Networks Inc.(LLNW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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Top Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: DAVIDsTEA Inc.(DTEA)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    DavidsTea Inc (NASDAQ: DTEA) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.43 per share on revenue of $71.74 million.

    SemiLEDs Corporation (NASDAQ: LEDS) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings.

Top Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Oceaneering International, Inc.(OII)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Oceaneering International (NYSE: OII) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.35 per share on revenue of $641.85 million.


    Tennant Company (NYSE: TNC) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.25 per share on revenue of $180.93 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Friday, energy shares surged by 2.60 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Oceaneering International (NYSE: OII), Willbros Group Inc (NYSE: WG), and Cobalt International Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CIE).

Top Blue Chip Stocks For 2018: Becton, Dickinson and Company(BDX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Becton Dickinson (BDX) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after agreeing to pay $24 billion for C.R. Bard (BCR).

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    Becton Dickinsondropped 4.4% to $177.07, while the S&P 500 rose 1.1% to 2,374.15. C.R. Bard jumped 20% to $302.41, making it the best performing stock in the S&P 500.

    Leerink’sRichard Newitter andRavi Misra argue that “growth doesn’t come cheap.” They explain:

    We had expected BDX’s M&A engine would eventually resume as the company moved into its third year post the 2015 CareFusion (CFN) acquisition; however, we do think the expectation was for tuck-in or mid-sized type transactions. This transaction is certainly on the bigger side, and will mark the largest in BDX’s history just as BDX wraps up year 2 post the CFN integration. Naturally this could raise some questions as to whether mgmt is “biting off more than it can chew.” But, size (and the hefty price tag) aside, the rationale is not entirely out of left field in our view. BCR will benefit BDX through a higher top-line & GM profile and provides several fast-growing product offerings in underpenetrated markets (i.e. PICCs, Lutonix/Drug Coated Balloons, targeted temperature mgmt). BCR’s Foley catheters and PICC products should complement BDX’s portfolio & strategy aimed at offering a single complete end- to-end medication managem ent & safety solution to hospitals. Also, BCR’s emerging markets (EM) growth is accelerating, which should help BDX’s EM division, which has been experiencing slowing growth in recent years.


    Becton Dickinson’s market capitalization fell to $37.7 billion today from $39.4 billion on Friday. It reported net income of $976 million on sales of $12.5 billion in 2016.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    C.R. Bard (BCR) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after agreeing to be purchased for $24 billion by Becton Dickinson (BDX).

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    C.R. Bardgained 20% to $302.41 today, while the S&P 500 rose 1% to 2,374.15. Becton Dickinson dropped 4.4% to $177.07, making it the S&P 500′s biggest loser.

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  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report, Jon Najarian spoke about options trading in Becton Dickinson and Co (NYSE: BDX). He said there was a big volume in the January 175 calls. Over 11,000 contracts were traded early in the session. He followed the trade and he is going to be in Becton Dickinson for two weeks.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Thursday was Becton Dickinson and Co. (NYSE: BDX) which traded down 4.4% at $177.19. The stocks 52-week range is $157.60 to $186.40. Volume was 9.3 million versus the daily average of 833,000 shares.

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