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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Walmart’s shares have jumped 27% since the start of 2020. That’s thanks to strong consumer demand for food and household items during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The stock is now poised to move even higher. Governments continue to designate Walmart’s stores as “essential,” so they remain open… Read More
INTACT FINANCIAL $147.78 is still a buy. The insurer (Toronto symbol IFC; TSINetwork Rating: Extra Risk) (www.intactfc.com; Shares o/s: 143.0 million; Market cap: $21.0 billion; Dividend yield: 2.3%), in conjunction with Danish insurer Tryg A/S, has made a $9.3 billion U.S. takeover bid for U.K.-based… Read More
COVID-19 has helped spur demand for BCE’s Internet services as more people work from home, but it has also hurt ad revenue at its media outlets. We’re confident the company’s profits will start moving up again, particularly as more wireless users upgrade to its new… Read More
CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY CO. $146 is a buy. The company (Toronto symbol CNR; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 709.8 million; Market cap: $103.6 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 7.3; Dividend yield: 1.6%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.cn.ca) operates Canada’s largest railway, stretching across the country, and… Read More
MCDONALD’S CORP. $215 is a buy. The company (New York symbol MCD; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector, Shares outstanding: 743.5 million; Market cap: $159.9 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 8.4; Dividend yield: 2.3%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.mcdonalds.com) now operates over 38,000 restaurants in 120 countries.
McDonald’s plans to close about… Read More
CN’s shares are up over 40% since March despite COVID-19 disruptions. That’s because the pandemic continues to highlight the huge importance of railways to Canada’s economic health.
As well, the company benefits from being the only major North American railway to serve three coasts. That means… Read More
CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY $363.51, is a buy. The company (Toronto symbol CP; shares outstanding: 135.6 million; Market cap: $49.3 billion; Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 1.0%) operates a 22,000-kilometre rail network between Montreal and Vancouver.
CP shipped a record 8.41 million tonnes of Canadian grain in the quarter ended June… Read More
BCE INC. $56 is a buy. The company (Toronto symbol BCE; Conservative Growth and Income Portfolios, Utilities sector; Shares outstanding: 903.9 million; Market cap: $50.6 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 2.1; Dividend yield: 5.9%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.bce.ca) has now launched 5G wireless service in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton… Read More
CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY LTD. $358 remains your #1 Conservative stock for 2020. The company (Toronto symbol CP; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 135.6 million; Market cap: $48.5 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 6.0; Dividend yield: 1.0%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.cpr.ca) shipped a record 8.41 million… Read More
CP Rail is well positioned to weather any COVID-19-related slowdowns or disruptions to its shipping markets. As is Great-West Lifeco, which remains an insurance leader. Note, however, that investor worries about low interest rates and the coronavirus will weigh on Great-West’s investment portfolio and its… Read More
LOBLAW COMPANIES, $66.11, is a buy. Through their shares in the retailer (Toronto symbol L; Shares outstanding: 362.3 million; Market cap: $24.0 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 1.9%; www.loblaw.ca) investors tap 1,088 food stores and 1,343 Shoppers Drug Mart outlets in Canada.
The company is expanding its partnership… Read More
IBM $118.54, is a buy. The stock (New York symbol IBM; Shares outstanding: 887.9 million; Market cap: $105.3 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 5.5%) gives investors exposure to one of the world’s largest computer firms. It operates in over 175 countries.
IBM continues to enhance its… Read More
MCDONALD’S CORP. $184 is a buy. The company (New York symbol MCD; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector, Shares outstanding: 743.5 million; Market cap: $136.8 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 6.6; Dividend yield: 2.7%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.mcdonalds.com) now operates over 38,000 restaurants in 120 countries.
While COVID-19 forced McDonald’s to… Read More
Telus’s long-term commitment to improving the speed and capacity of its wireless and Internet networks continues to pay off for investors. That’s especially so during the coronavirus pandemic and the sharp rise in Canadians using their home Internet service to work remotely. The strength of… Read More
TELUS $24.53 is a #1 Buy for 2020. The stock (Toronto symbol T; Shares outstanding: 1.3 billion; Market cap: $31.4 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 4.8%; www.telus.com) is Canada’s third-largest wireless carrier after Rogers Communications (No. 1) and Bell Mobility (No. 2). It also sells traditional… Read More
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Your CP’s shares are down about 8% since the start of 2020. Still, that’s a lot better than the 13% decline for the broader S&P/TSX Composite Index.
Indeed, the pandemic has served to highlight the vital role that CP’s rail networks… Read More
BCE and Telus are high-quality companies with businessess well-prepared to withstand the coronavirus slowdown, and protect their balance sheets and investor dividends.
Each telecom will suffer some revenue losses as it waives data caps and late payment charges to help customers in need.
Governments and regulators are… Read More
IBM $128.69, is a buy. The stock (New York symbol IBM; Shares o/s: 887.9 million; Market cap: $114.3 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Yield: 5.1%) gives investors exposure to one of the world’s largest computer firms, with operations in over 175 countries.
Despite new operations, IBM’s revenue in… Read More
TC ENERGY INC., $67.49, is a buy. The company (Toronto symbol TRP; Shares o/s: 939.8 million; Market cap: $63.4 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 4.8%; www.transcanada.com) has announced a new deal to build the Keystone XL pipeline, which would pump crude from Alberta to Nebraska.
Under the… Read More
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