Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now

(Published Feb. 26 by Bob Ciura)

Finding stocks that have paid 100 years of dividends is no easy task. Couple this with a 3%-plus starting yield, and the task becomes that much harder.

CenterPoint Energy (NYSE:CNP) is one of a select few blue chip stocks that offers both. In fact, it goes even further – it has a 4% dividend yield.

It makes the list thanks to its steady business model. CenterPoint is an electric and gas utility, which is one of the most stable business models an investor can find.

CenterPoint recently increased its dividend by 4%, to $1.07 per share annualized. This was its 12th year in a row of consecutive dividend growth.

CenterPoint is a Dividend Achiever, a group of 272 stocks with 10-plus years of consecutive dividend increases.

You can see the full Dividend Achievers List here.

Business model

CenterPoint isn’t a run-of-the-mill utility. Most utility stocks are pure-play electric utilities.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: USANA Health Sciences Inc.(USNA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, non-cyclical consumer goods & services shares slipped by 0.33 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE: DPS), down 6 percent, and USANA Health Sciences, Inc. (NYSE: USNA), down 5 percent.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Herbalife Ltdand small capNu Skin Enterprises, Inc (NYSE: NUS) back in positive territory whilesmall cap direct seller USANA Health Sciences, Inc (NYSE: USNA) had been a strong outperformer:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Herbalife Ltdand small capNu Skin Enterprises, Inc (NYSE: NUS)above break even and giving a similar performance whilesmall cap direct seller USANA Health Sciences, Inc (NYSE: USNA) had been a strong outperformer, but has been moving sideways or range bound for the past two years:

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Apple Inc.(AAPL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Virendra Singh Chauhan]

    Apple’s services business is now the second largest segment at Apple. The services segment closed FY 2016 with revenue of $24.35B, up 22% YoY. To put things into perspective, Apple’s iPad segment closed FY 2016 with revenue of $20.6B, down 11% YoY, while the Mac segment’s revenue was down 10.3% YoY, to $22.8B. Given the recent trends in the different revenue segments (iPhone, iPad and Mac), the services segment looks likely to become the growth engine for Apple over the coming years. (See also: An Unexpected Catalyst For Apple Inc.’s (AAPL) iPhone 8 Super Cycle)

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) reported thumping fiscal year third-quarter results, with beats all around. Earnings per share, revenues, services revenues and iPhone shipments all exceeded expectations.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Walmart continues to impress on tech: Along with more retailers dying being a constant this year, so has Walmart (WMT) surprising in a good way with new tech initiatives. On Thursday, Walmart revealed a new app that will allow people to instantly upload their DVDs so they can be streamed on Apple (AAPL) iPhones or Alphabet (GOOGL) devices, as TheStreet first reported. All one has to do is scan the barcode on the DVD’s case, boom. Take that, Netflix (NFLX) and Amazon (AMZN) . 

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Apple (AAPL) is reportedly preparing to improve how iPhone users store files on their devices. The revelation was made ahead of the tech giant’s WWDC event in San Jose, CA which kicks off Monday at 1p.m. eastern time.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: athenahealth, Inc.(ATHN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Meanwhile, earnings season continued to play out, and although the technology industry saw some extremely encouraging reports, not all stocks participated in the rally. Athenahealth (NASDAQ:ATHN), Synchrony Financial (NYSE:SYF), and Time (NYSE:TIME) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Athenahealth (ATHN) last night announced that its CFO and administrative chief, Kristi Matus, would be leaving the company. Her departure has not been embraced by investors, who have pushed shares lower today. Leerink’s David Larsen understands their concerns:

    In our view, the CFO departure may be indicative of internal operational challenges. We still think it is possible that Kristi Matus is seeking an environment that is not as demanding as ATHN, though this has not been confirmed by management. Management harped on the point that bifurcation is part of the strategic initiative of ATHN to reenergize the culture of the company, and Jonathan Bush noted how he himself hopes to spend more time on talent and culture and less time on entering new markets and building new products.

    We continue to believe that ATHN is facing challenges. We continue to believe the market is fundamentally slowing and bookings growth may become more lumpy as we progress through 2016. We still believe there will be a slow-down in the bookings growth rate b/c of a possible slow-down in the ambulatory EMR market and the fact that we are in the final payment year of Meaningful Use. Much of the call focused on Kristi Matus’s departure as a major loss for the company of a leader who was “masterful with investors.” According to management, the decision to split the CFO and CFAO responsibilities was not a reflection of her ability.

    Baird’s Matthew Gillmor and Sean McBride are less worried:

    The unexpected resignation of CFO Kristi Matus is disappointing, but the reasons for her departure seem somewhat understandable, in our view (potentially viewed bifurcation of CFO/CAO role as a demotion). We think incoming CFO Karl Stubelis is very strong and should provide helpful continuity, both internally and externally (currently serves as Controller and previously as acting CFO). Finally, the CFO change does not change our positive long-term thesi

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Shares of Athena Health (ATHN) are up 37% in just over a month. Is there still more room to run?

    Cramer said for years Athena had been a fast-growing stock, but as the company transitioned from growth to profitability, things began to get ugly. The company’s bombastic CEO, and his “colorful” personality began to rub shareholders the wrong way.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Kimco Realty Corporation(KIM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) dropped about 2.7% Wednesday, to post a new 52-week low of $24.02 after closing at $24.68 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $32.24. Volume was about 15% below the daily average of around 3.3 million shares. The company had no specific news Wednesday.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) dropped about 0.6% Friday, to post a new 52-week low of $21.46 after closing at $21.59 on Thursday. The stock’s 52-week high is $34.24. Volume was less than 10% above the daily average of around 3.4 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) dropped about 1.7% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $24.63 after closing Tuesday at $25.04. The 52-week high is $32.24. Volume of around 2.4 million was about 40% below the daily average of around 3.9 million shares traded. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) dropped about 0.3% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $21.43 after closing at $21.50 on Friday. The stock’s 52-week high is $32.24. Volume was about 20% below the daily average of around 3.7 million shares. The company had no specific news and was on its way to posting a daily gain just before the closing bell.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) dropped about 0.4% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $24.35 after closing Wednesday at $24.44. The 52-week high is $32.24. Volume of around 3 million was about 25% below the daily average of around 3.9 million shares traded. The company had no specific news.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Caterpillar, Inc.(CAT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    Making mining equipment has been a horrible business over the last few years. The industry has been hard-hit by the spending cutbacks at mine sites around the world. For example, BHP Billiton Limited trimmed its capital exploration expenditures by roughly 70% between fiscal 2013 and 2016. No wonder Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT), Komatsu Ltd. (NASDAQOTH:KMTUY), and Cummins Inc. (NYSE:CMI) have been hurting. Only that looks like it’s starting to change, which means this trio could be at the top of a list of mining equipment companies to buy in 2017.

  • [By Steve Symington, Rich Smith, and Keith Speights]

    CalAmp also recently leveraged its acquisition of vehicle-recovery specialist LoJack to enter the cold-chain and supply-chain visibility markets through CalAmp Supply Chain Integrity, marking its entrance into what analysts estimate will grow into a $5.4 billion market over the next five years. On top of that, CalAmp already enjoys a strong relationship withCaterpillar (NYSE:CAT), supplying tailored telematics solutions, and is working hard to capture other large clients in the segment to further penetrate the largely untapped industrial-machine market.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) is scheduled to reveal its second-quarter results on Tuesday. The consensus forecast calls for $1.25 in earnings per share (EPS), as well as $10.93 billion in revenue. Shares were trading at $106.57 at Fridays close. The consensus price target is $106.61. The stock has a 52-week trading range of $78.34 to $110.00.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Match Group, Inc.(MTCH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap dating site stock Match Group Inc (NASDAQ: MTCH), which was spun off from media and Internet stock IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: IAC) and is a peer or remaining dating stock Spark Networks Inc (NYSEMKT: LOV), is the eight most shorted stock on theNASDAQ with short interest of 43.96% according to Highshortnterest.com.

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    In its first full year as a publicly traded company, online dating conglomerateMatch Group (NASDAQ:MTCH) surged past expectations, climbing 26%.

    A number of factors led to its standout performance, including blockbuster growth from Tinder, strong operating leverage, and consistently beaten earnings estimates. Let’s take a closer look at how things played out in 2016.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: America’s Car-Mart Inc.(CRMT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Analysts are expecting America’s Car-Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRMT) to have earned $0.58 per share on revenue of $149.13 million in the latest quarter. America’s Car-Mart shares rose 2.06 percent to close at $23.25 on Friday.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    America’s Car-Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRMT) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.58 per share on revenue of $149.13 million.

    Ryanair Holdings plc (ADR) (NASDAQ: RYAAY) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.24 per share on revenue of $1.16 billion.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Madrigal Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (MDGL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Madrigal (MDGL) has a significant market opportunity to treat NASH. Its MGL-3196 is well positioned as a potential treatment when the illness is at its earliest stages of development, and thereby save the most lives and money.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: AECOM(ACM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.38 per share on revenue of $9.86 billion.
    Aecom (NYSE: ACM) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.71 per share on revenue of $4.67 billion.
    JD.Com Inc(ADR) (NASDAQ: JD) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.11 per share on revenue of $12.60 billion.
    58.com Inc (ADR) (NYSE: WUBA) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.28 per share on revenue of $383.60 million.
    Kamada Ltd (NASDAQ: KMDA) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.02 per share on revenue of $25.00 million.
    Palatin Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: PTN) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $28.00 million.
    TheStreet, Inc. (NASDAQ: TST) is estimated to report a quarterly loss at $0.02 per share on revenue of $15.81 million.
    Atlantica Yield PLC (NASDAQ: ABY) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.45 per share on revenue of $290.80 million.
    Asure Software Inc (NASDAQ: ASUR) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.15 per share on revenue of $15.26 million.
    Cyren Ltd (NASDAQ: CYRN) is expected to report quarterly loss at $0.06 per share on revenue of $7.90 million.
    Viewray Inc (NASDAQ: VRAY) is estimated to report quarterly loss at $0.12 per share on revenue of $18.58 million.

     

  • [By Rafi Farber]

    Jack of all trades infrastructure firm AECOM (NYSE: ACM) closed at $27.88 the afternoon everyone thought it would be Clinton by a landslide. Since then, the stock has exploded by 35%. Runs like this for AECOM, while extreme, are not unheard of, as a long-term chart shows quite heavy volatility going back to 2007.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    AECOM (NYSE: ACM) offers architecture and engineering design services and operates through three segments: Design and Consulting Services, Construction Services, and Management Services. It services the transportation, environmental and energy sectors, and it also serves key infrastructure projects such as highways, airports, bridges, wastewater facilities and power transmission and distribution. This puts AECOM right in the major infrastructure investing crosshairs for what you can expect ahead.

Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Trevena, Inc.(TRVN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Trevena Inc (NASDAQ: TRVN) shares dropped 36 percent to $4.55 despite a positive development in Phase 3 trials. Trevena announced positive top-line results from ongoing Phase 3 trials called "APOLLO-1" and "APOLLO-2." The studies evaluated the safety of Trevena's oliceridine therapy in patients for 48 hours following bunionectomy and 24 hours following abdominoplasty.

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    Shares of clinical-stage biopharma Trevena (NASDAQ:TRVN) fell nearly 12% today after it reported full-year 2016 earnings. The pre-revenue company didn’t announce any surprises one way or the other. However, investors appear to be considering the near-term consequences of swelling expenses that won’t be offset by product sales anytime soon.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Trevena Inc (NASDAQ: TRVN) rose 10.8 percent to $3.60 in pre-market trading after dropping 4.97 percent on Wednesday.
    Yum China Holdings Inc (NYSE: YUMC) rose 10.2 percent to $31.05 in pre-market trading after the company reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter.
    Seres Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: MCRB) rose 9.1 percent to $11.39 in pre-market trading after dropping 5.26 percent on Wednesday.
    Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) rose 8.9 percent to $2.45 in pre-market trading after surging 73.08 percent on Wednesday.
    Coach Inc (NYSE: COH) rose 6.7 percent to $41.98 in pre-market trading. Coach named Ian Bickley as President, Global Business Development and Strategic Alliances.
    Sapiens International Corporation N.V. (NASDAQ: SPNS) shares rose 6.1 percent to $13.91 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.54 percent on Wednesday.
    Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: JAZZ) rose 6.1 percent to $149.15 in pre-market trading. Jazz Pharma reached a settlement with Hikma Pharma related to Xyrem patent case. Mizuho downgraded Jazz from Buy to Neutral.
    Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: IBKR) shares rose 6 percent to $36.72 in pre-market trading after declining 0.03 percent on Wednesday.
    Rewalk Robotics Ltd (NASDAQ: RWLK) rose 5.3 percent to $2.00 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs purchased 28 added Exoskeleton Systems.
    Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: MACK) rose 5.1 percent to $3.29 in pre-market trading. Merrimack declared a $1.06 special dividend.
    BioTime, Inc. (NYSE: BTX) shares rose 4.8 percent to $3.50 in pre-market trading. BioTime, reported the formation of new subsidiary AgeX Therapeutics, Inc.
    Akari Therapeutics PLC (ADR) (NASDAQ: AKTX) shares rose 4.8 percent to $12.26 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.69 percent on Wednesday.
    Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBY) rose 3.6 percent to $39.15 in pre-market trading after the company posted better-than
  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Trevena Inc. (NASDAQ: TRVN) dropped about 6.3% Thursday, to post a new 52-week low of $3.70 after closing at $3.95 on Wednesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $9.73. Volume was nearly 5 times the daily average of around 700,000 shares. The company’s pain-killing drug got mixed results in a trial result reported Tuesday.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Trevena Inc. (NASDAQ: TRVN) reported positive results from two late-stage clinical trials that work to treat post-surgical pain. The company intends to submit these results to the FDA for a marketing approval agreement in the fourth quarter. Previously, oliceridine was approved for a breakthrough designation by the agency.

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