Blue-chip companies rightfully make up the bulk of most people’s investment portfolios. These large-cap firms possess considerable industry leverage, as well as a vast sum of financial resources. Their status and importance to the underlying economy means that they are the least likely to crumble, regardless of external pressures. Ultimately, blue chips provide the confidence and stability to which you can pin your long-term hopes.
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But there’s a reason most financial advisers say to have at least a small allocation to speculative investments. Those large caps can offer somewhat modest returns. Single-digit annual gains and a 2% dividend yield? No … here and there, investors should try to generate bigger returns from more explosive small- and even micro-cap stocks.
Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2018: Seres Therapeutics, Inc.(MCRB)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Seres Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: MCRB) shares shot up 35 percent to $12.51. Seres Therapeutics reported initiation of new SER-019 study announced FY16 loss of $2.30 per share on revenue of $21.766 million.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Seres Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: MCRB) shares dropped 70 percent to $10.69 after the company reported interim results from SER-109 Phase 2 ECOSPOR study in multiply recurrent clostridium difficile infection. The study did not achieve primary endpoint.
- [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
Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2018: Insperity, Inc.(NSP)
- [By Lee Jackson]
Insperity Inc. (NYSE: NSP) also had a large-scale seller on the desk, and it was another well-known hedge fund. Value Act, which also serves as a director at the company, sold a total of 226,000 shares of the stock at prices that ranged from $71.22 to $72.41. The total for the sale was set at $16 million.Insperity provides an array of human resources and business solutions to enhance business performance for small and medium-sized businesses in the United States. The shares closed the day on Friday at $71.85.
Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2018: Visa Inc.(V)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:
Wall Street expects Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON) to report quarterly earnings at $1.60 per share on revenue of $9.32 billion before the opening bell. Honeywell shares gained 0.11 percent to $123.91 in after-hours trading.
Analysts expect General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) to report quarterly earnings at $0.17 per share on revenue of $26.46 billion before the opening bell. General Electric shares gained 1.06 percent to $30.59 in after-hours trading.
Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAT) reported weaker-than-expected results for its first quarter on Thursday. Mattel shares dropped 6.78 percent to $23.50 in the after-hours trading session.
Before the opening bell, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYSE: SWK) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.19 per share on revenue of $2.74 billion. Stanley Black & Decker shares declined 0.01 percent to $132.70 in after-hours trading.
Visa Inc (NYSE: V) posted stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Thursday. Visa shares rose 2.35 percent to $93.29 in the after-hours trading session.
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- [By Paul Ausick]
Of the three other stocks closest to Boeing’s yearly gain, Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) rose by about 1.9% to a gain of over 58% for the year, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) added about 2.7% to close the week up just over 50% for the year to date and Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) tacked on 1.8% to bring its annual gain to nearly 46%.
- [By Dan Caplinger]
Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) and MasterCard (NYSE:MA) aren’t the only two players in the credit card and electronic payments space, but they are the biggest and best-known. Both Visa and MasterCard have extended their reach across the globe, and both have high expectations in their trajectories for future growth. Yet after a big push in the stock market that has sent both of these financial stocks to all-time highs, investors need to know which of the two leaders in the card industry is more deserving of their attention. Let’s take a closer look at Visa and MasterCard, comparing them using several different metrics to see which company’s shares are the better buy.
- [By Asit Sharma]
In the past year, PayPal has executed a strategy of forming alliances with potential rivals in the payments space. In a prominent example, last year the company announced a tie-up in the U.S. with card issuer Visa (NYSE:V). Earlier this month, the two parties revealed that they’ve extended the arrangement to the Asia Pacific region. The deal expansion means that banks in the region that issue Visa cards can allow their cardholders to check out online wherever PayPal is accepted. Brick-and-mortar retailers honoring the Visa symbol will now also be able to accept PayPal as payment.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Visa (V) shares are soaring today after reporting earnings and revenue that easily topped the Street consensus.
Visa reported a profit of 86 cents a shares, topping forecasts for 78 cents, on revenue of $4.5 billion, ahead of estimates for $4.3 billion.
After review Visa’s earnings, Cowen’s George Mihalos and team write that Visa is “everywhere investors should want to be.” They explain why:
Visa reported very robust F1Q results and raised its FY17 outlook when adjusting for an incremental 1pt of F/X headwinds. We are raising our estimates and continue to believe there is upside to the companys outlook. Almost all key metrics showed signs of acceleration and we expect the momentum to continue. We expect the stock to be strong in tomorrow’s trading and remain very positive on the name.
Shares of Visa have gained 5.1% to $86.48 at 2:49 p.m. today, while MasterCard (MA) has risen 1.8% to$106.98.
Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2018: Vanguard Short-Term Government ETF(VGSH)
- [By Donald van Deventer]
Shorter-duration Treasury Exchange-Traded Funds: (SHY), (SHV), (IEI), (BIL), (TUZ), (FIVZ), (DTUL), (VGSH), (DTUS), (DFVS), (DFVL), (SST), (ISTB), (TBZ).
Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own For 2018: Semtech Corporation(SMTC)
- [By Monica Gerson]
Semtech Corporation (NASDAQ: SMTC) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.27 per share on revenue of $128.38 million.
Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: OLLI) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.17 per share on revenue of $190.44 million.