Blue Chip Stocks

Blue chip stocks are big, well-established, dividend-paying corporations with strong business prospects. These are companies that also have sound management that should be able to  make the right moves to keep competing successfully in a changing marketplace.

The root of the term “blue chip” stems from the game of poker, as the blue chips represent the highest value. Investing in blue chip stocks can give you an additional measure of safety in today’s turbulent markets.

Pat McKeough believes investors will profit most, and with the least amount of risk, by putting the bulk of your stock portfolio in shares of blue chip companies—those that are well-established, with strong balance sheets and steady earnings and cash flow. These are companies that have bright prospects in healthy and growing industries.

The best blue chips offer both capital gains growth potential and regular dividend income. The dividend yield is certainly one of the most concrete indicators of a sound investment. It is the percentage you get when you divide the current yearly dividend payment by the share or unit price of the investment. It’s an indicator we pay especially close attention to when we select stocks to recommend in our investment newsletters.

We feel most investors should hold the largest part of their investment portfolios in securities from blue chip companies. All these stocks should offer good “value”—that is, they should trade at reasonable multiples of earnings, cash flow, book value and so on. Ideally, they should also have above average-growth prospects in expanding markets.

Meanwhile, when investing in any type of stock, at TSI Network we recommend using our three-part Successful Investor strategy:

1-Invest mainly in well-established companies;
2-Spread your money out across most if not all of the five main economic sectors (Manufacturing & Industry; Resources & Commodities; Consumer; Finance; Utilities);
3-Downplay or avoid stocks in the broker/media limelight.

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Blue Chip Stocks Library Archives

BNS’s bad loans drop

BANK OF NOVA SCOTIA, $70.18, is a buy. The lender (Toronto symbol BNS; Shares outstanding: 1.2 billion; Market cap: $83.1 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 5.9%; www.scotiabank.com) is down 24% since the start of 2022, mainly due to concerns that rising interest rates will lead… Read More

TD links with Nordstrom

TD BANK, $89.53, (Toronto symbol TD; Shares o/s: 1.8 billion; Market cap: $162.4 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Divd. yield: 4.0%; www.td.com) is a buy. In 2015, the bank purchased retailer Nordstrom Inc.’s (New York symbol JWN) credit card portfolio. TD also became the exclusive issuer of… Read More

TRP builds a strong future

TC ENERGY INC., $59.60, is a buy. The company (Toronto symbol TRP; Shares o/s: 983.5 million; Market cap: $60.3 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 6.0%; www.tcenergy.com.) continues to benefit from rising oil and gas prices, which have spurred demand for space on its pipelines. It also… Read More

Higher rates lift BMO’s outlook

Rising interest rates are generally good news for banks, as higher rates increase the income from new and renewing loans. On the other hand, higher rates also increase the risk that borrowers will fall behind in their loan payments.
We feel that Bank of Montreal will… Read More

Top stocks for safety-conscious investors

Here are two of our top safety-conscious recommendations. Both have strong growth ahead. Look for that to spur their share prices and your returns.
CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY $100.65, is a buy. The company (Toronto symbol CP; shares outstanding: 930.1 million; Market cap: $94.5 billion; Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield:… Read More

Intact Financial still has room to move higher

When choosing stocks for the Finance sector of their portfolio, most investors gravitate toward banks. However, there are many high quality, non-bank financial stocks that you should also consider. For instance, we think Intact Financial offers investors a particularly unique combination of value and growth.

For… Read More

TD expands its reach

TORONTO-DOMINION BANK $81 is a buy. The lender (Toronto symbol TD; Conservative Growth and Income Portfolios, Finance sector; Shares outstanding: 1.8 billion; Market cap: $145.8 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 3.3; Dividend yield: 4.4%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.td.com) has formed a new alliance with Canada Post.
Under the deal,… Read More

TD extends key relationship

TD BANK, $87.48, (Toronto symbol TD; Shares outstanding: 1.8 billion; Market cap: $159.5 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 4.1%; www.td.com) purchased the U.S. credit card portfolio of retailer Target Corp. (New York symbol TGT) in March 2013. TD also then became the exclusive issuer of… Read More

Intact grows with savvy acquisitions

Intact Financial is now hitting new highs—and the shares are up a spectacular 364% since we first recommended them at $42.95 in our April 2010 issue. We think this Power Buy is poised to keep moving even higher for our subscribers.
INTACT FINANCIAL, $199.33, is a buy. The insurer… Read More

Two blue chip leaders with growth in store

Here are two of our top safety-conscious stock recommendations. Both have strong growth plans in place; that should boost their prospects and at the same time, spur their share prices.
CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY $98.32, is a buy. The company (Toronto symbol CP; shares outstanding: 929.9 million; Market cap: $91.6… Read More

Disney tops Netflix

WALT DISNEY CO., $122.81, is a buy. The company (New York symbol DIS; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average) (www.disney.com; Shares o/s: 1.8 billion; Market cap: $227.6 billion; No dividend) reported 26.3% higher revenue in the three months ended July 2, 2022, to $21.5 billion from $17.0 billion a year… Read More

This top bank remains a solid pick

Shares of Royal Bank have declined lately, mainly due to fears that rising interest rates will slow demand for new loans and lead to higher writeoffs. However, the implementation of mortgage stress tests in the past few years should keep any losses low. The bank… Read More

Acquisition will push CP higher

This is the fourth year in a row that we’ve selected CP Rail as your #1 Conservative Buy. We’re particularly excited as the company’s upcoming merger with U.S.-based railway Kansas City Southern could spur the stock higher for many years to come.
While big acquisitions are… Read More

IBM prospers in the cloud

IBM, $132.34, is still a buy. The company (New York symbol IBM; Shares o/s: 903.2 million; Market cap: $119.1 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 5.0%) is one of the world’s largest computing firms, with operations in over 175 countries.
IBM’s revenue in the three months ended June… Read More

EVs will help Walmart go green

WALMART INC. $127 is a buy. The retailer (New York symbol WMT; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 2.8 billion; Market cap: $355.6 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 0.6; Dividend yield: 1.8%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.walmart.com) is buying 4,500 all-electric delivery vans from Canoo Inc. (Nasdaq symbol GOEV),… Read More

3M aims to unlock value

3M COMPANY $139 remains a buy. The diversified manufacturer (New York symbol MMM; Income Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 569.6 million; Market cap: $79.2 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.3; Dividend yield: 4.3%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.3m.com) now plans to spin off its Health Care division as… Read More

End of strike cuts CN’s risk

CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY CO. $148 is a buy. The company (Toronto symbol CNR; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 691.2 million; Market cap: $102.3 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 7.0; Dividend yield: 2.0%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.cn.ca) operates Canada’s largest railway. Its 32,200-kilometre network stretches across… Read More