Our two top Canadian insurance recommendations will be slowed by the COVID-19 outbreak, particularly their Asian operations. Much of that drop stems from the global stock market downturn; it hurts their wealth management fees as their clients’ stock portfolios drop in value. As well, the… Read More
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
Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, Procter & Gamble has dropped 18% in the past month. However, we’re confident the stock will come out of the current crisis even stronger.
Procter makes a wide range of essential consumer products, such as toilet paper, diapers and detergents… Read More
TELUS $51.39 is a #1 Buy for 2020. The stock (Toronto symbol T; Shares outstanding: 607.2 million; Market cap: $32.6 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 4.5%; www.telus.com) lets you tap Canada’s third-largest wireless carrier after Rogers Communications (No. 1) and Bell Mobility (No. 2). Its wireless… Read More
TC ENERGY INC., $73.25, is a buy. The company (Toronto symbol TRP; Shares o/s: 939.0 million; Market cap: $68.8 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 4.4%; www.transcanada.com) generates steady cash flow for investors mainly through its 92,600-kilometre pipeline network; it pumps natural gas from Alberta to eastern… Read More
One of our long-time favourites, Fair Isaac, keeps hitting all-time highs for investors. It has jumped 76.2% over the last year alone, and it’s up a whopping 3,075% since we first recommended it in February 1999!
The company’s core business of credit scores continues to thrive… Read More
CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY CO. $125 is a buy. Through this firm (Toronto symbol CNR; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares o/s: 713.5 million; Market cap: $89.2 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 6.0; Dividend yield: 1.8%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.cn.ca) investors gain exposure to a rail network stretching… Read More
BCE, which investors sometime refer to as “Ma Bell,” is still thought of as a slow-growing, low-risk “widow-and-orphan” stock. However, the company now gets most of its revenue from faster-growing unregulated businesses like wireless and high-speed Internet services. That has helped it compete as more… Read More
CP Rail and IBM both just released 2019 fourth-quarter earnings—and both topped consensus analyst estimates. These better-than-expected performances bode well for the share prices of both stocks, and for their investors.
For CP, it’s a continuation of its upward trajectory, and the shares keep hitting new… Read More
Canada’s Big Five banks continue to generate healthy profits for you, their shareholders. That’s despite their move to set aside more funds to cover potentially bad loans should the economy sour. Higher loan-loss provisions have nonetheless slowed earnings growth for some of the banks although… Read More
Canada’s top insurance firms remain great choices for investors seeking blue-chip growth plus solid yields. They’re also a great way for you to tap into fast-growing Asian demand for insurance and wealth management services.
MANULIFE FINANCIAL CORP., $26.36, is a buy. This safety-conscious blue-chip company (Toronto symbol MFC; Shares… Read More
TELUS, $50.28, is a buy. The Canadian telecom leader (Toronto symbol T; Shares outstanding: 601.0 million; Market cap: $30.4 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 4.6%; 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… Read More
We’ve long recommended that you hold some fast-food stocks such as the four market leaders below. Here are just some of compelling reasons behind our advice:
For one, the well-known and widely admired brands of these companies make it easier for them to expand in foreign… Read More
CANADIAN TIRE CORP. $143 (www.canadiantire.ca) is still a buy. The retailer has come under fire from U.S. hedge fund Spruce Point Capital Management, which claims the stock is overvalued by about 50%. Specifically, it feels Canadian Tire is losing market share to brick-and-mortar rivals Walmart and Home Depot,… Read More
CN recently settled an eight-day strike by its conductors and yard workers. The resolution came sooner than many analysts had expected. Still, the strike was long enough and impacted enough industries to highlight the huge importance of railways to Canada’s economy. That’s why we believe… Read More
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
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
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
In February, we recommended Intact Financial as a top 2019 pick for power-growth investors. The shares had moved up slowly but steadily for a few years—but we thought the price was ready to break out. Sure enough, the stock has handed our subscribers a 34%-plus… Read More
You have already benefited from CIBC’s longstanding focus on Canada. Now its expansion in the U.S. sets you up for more gains. By tapping into that much bigger market, the bank lifts its growth prospects, cuts its risk and paves the way for stronger dividend… Read More
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
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