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

TD deal a plus for investors

TD BANK, $75.67, is still a buy. Investors in the bank (Toronto symbol TD; Shares outstanding: 1.8 billion; Market cap: $137.2 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Divd. yield: 3.9%; www.td.com) should now gain from the sale of its 43%-owned TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (Nasdaq symbol AMTD). It’s one of… Read More

Let these top stocks lower your portfolio risk

GREAT-WEST LIFECO, $32.72, is still a hold. The stock (Toronto symbol GWO; shares outstanding: 928.0 million; Market cap: $30.1 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 5.1%; www.greatwestlife-co.com) gives you exposure to Canada’s second-largest in-surance company, after Manulife Financial. It also offers mutual funds and wealth management services.
In… Read More

CP boosts investor appeal

CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY $316.00, is a buy. The Canadian blue-chip leader (Toronto symbol CP; shares outstanding: 147.7 million; Market cap: $42.4 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 1.1%; www.cpr.ca) is now buying 774 kilometres of track in Quebec and Maine. That includes the rail line at the centre… Read More

Lower costs should drive your returns

BANK OF MONTREAL, $100, is a buy. The bank (Toronto symbol BMO; Conservative Growth and Income Portfolios, Finance sector; Shares o/s: 638.4 million; Market cap: $63.8 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.6; Dividend yield: 4.1%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.bmo.com) continues to expand its online and mobile platforms as fewer… Read More

Telus adds to your returns

TELUS $46.80, is a buy. The company (Toronto symbol T; Shares outstanding: 601.0 million; Market cap: $28.2 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 4.8%; www.telus.com) continues to expand its range of services to diversify as well as cross-sell to its existing customers.
Telus sees the diversification of its… Read More

Healthy move for investors

LOBLAW COMPANIES $70.15, is a buy. The company (Toronto symbol L; Shares outstanding: 366.1 million; Market cap: $25.5 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 1.8%; www.loblaw.ca) is re-vamping its “No Name” packaged foods. The supermarket chain launched that private-label line in 1978. Instead of being just a.. Read More

These blue chips work to protect your returns

CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY, $301.29, is a buy. The company (Toronto symbol CP; shares outstanding: 147.7 million; Market cap: $41.3 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 1.1%; www.cpr.ca) ships freight over a 22,000-kilometre rail network between Montreal and Vancouver, with links to hubs in the U.S. Midwest and Northeast.
CP’s… Read More

Your dividend looks safe

ENBRIDGE INC. $47.98, is a hold. The company (Toronto symbol ENB; Shares outstanding: 2.0 billion; Market cap: $97.1 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 6.2%; www.enbridge.com) operates pipelines that pump oil and natural gas from Western Canada to eastern Canada and the U.S.
Enbridge has earmarked $19.0 billion for… Read More

Buyout would benefit you

TD BANK, $75.26, is still a buy. Investors in the bank (Toronto symbol TD; Shares outstanding: 1.8 billion; Market cap: $136.3 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 3.9%; www.td.com) benefit from its roughly 42% stake in TD Ameritrade Holding Corp (Nasdaq symbol AMTD). It’s one of the largest… Read More

BCE offers investors a double win

BCE keeps rewarding you, our subscribers: over the last decade, you’ve gained 139% and had your dividend increased 13 times.
Telecommunications is a competitive business, with the introduction of new unlimited data plans driving down wireless rates. Still, BCE has spent billions on 5G upgrades for… Read More

Take this second chance to buy more

CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY LTD., $281, is still our #1 Conservative Buy for 2019. The railway stock (Toronto symbol CP; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 139.8 million; Market cap: $39.3 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 5.1; Dividend yield: 1.2%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.cpr.ca) has moved down from… Read More

TC Energy pays you in two ways

TC Energy (formerly called TransCanada) has been a terrific performer for our conservative investors (up over 425%) since we first recommended it in our premiere issue (January 1995). In the past year, alone, the stock has gained nearly 30%. Yet, it remains attractively priced in… Read More

Dividend hikes are only part of their appeal

IMPERIAL OIL LTD. $33.93 (Toronto symbol IMO; Shares outstanding: 764.2 million; Market cap: $26.3 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Average; Dividend yield: 2.6%; www.imperialoil.ca) is Canada’s third-largest publicly traded oil company, after Suncor (No. 1) and Canadian Natural Resources. U.S.-based ExxonMobil (New York symbol XOM) owns 69.6%… Read More

3M focuses on its core products

3M COMPANY $164 (New York symbol MMM; Income Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 575.3 million; Market cap: $94.3 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.9; Dividend yield: 3.5%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.3m.com) produces more than 60,000 items, including air purifiers, adhesives, bandages and components for medical devices… Read More

Texas Roadhouse is the better buy

TEXAS ROADHOUSE $53.53 (Nasdaq symbol TXRH; TSINetwork Rating: Extra Risk) (502-426-9984; www.texasroadhouse.com; Shares o/s: 71.8 million; Market cap: $3.8 billion; Divd yield: 2.2%) is a full-service, casual-dining chain with 591 locations spread across 49 U.S. states and 10 foreign countries. Its restaurants operate under two… Read More