Top Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now

If you are interested in owning one of the bluest-chip companies on the planet while generating a 15 percent annualized return over the next five years, then Nestl茅 (NSRGY) is just the stock for you.

At least that is what legendary hedge fund manager Dan Loeb of Third Point Capital thinks, provided Nestl茅 is willing to heed his words of advice.

I think Mr. Loeb may be just the kick in the pants this great old company needs right now.

Let me explain…

Nestl茅 152 Birthday Candles And Counting

Nestl茅 is an absolute juggernaut of a business. It has a market capitalization (number of shares outstanding multiplied by the share price) of nearly $240 billion which places the company on the edge of being one of the ten largest companies on the planet.

This is a blue, blue, blue chip if there ever was one.

Nestl茅 has its base of operations in Vevey, Switzerland. The company had been around for quite some time 152 years to be exact. I guess you could say that the business has proved to have some staying power.

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Sun Life Financial Inc.(SLF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Companies Reporting After The Bell
    Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $1.22 per share on revenue of $5.72 billion.
    Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $1.04 per share on revenue of $5.68 billion.
    The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $1.68 per share on revenue of $14.05 billion.
    Papa John's International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.62 per share on revenue of $441.73 million.
    Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: JAZZ) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $2.77 per share on revenue of $434.87 million.
    Sun Life Financial Inc. (NYSE: SLF) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.89 per share on revenue of $6.38 billion.
    LATAM Airlines Group S.A. (NYSE: LTM) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.16 per share on revenue of $2.70 billion.
    Liberty Global plc (NASDAQ: LBTYA) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.02 per share on revenue of $4.05 billion.
    TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.16 per share on revenue of $362.11 million.
    The Wendy's Company (NASDAQ: WEN) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.1 per share on revenue of $379.98 million.
    A-Mark Precious Metals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMRK) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $1.69 billion.
    Monster Beverage Corporation (NASDAQ: MNST) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.4 per share on revenue of $849.38 million.
    Convergys Corporation (NYSE: CVG) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.4 per share on revenue of $670.10 million.
    ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCSC) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.7 per share on revenue of $875.91 million.
    KAR Auction Services, Inc. (NYSE: KAR) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.76 per share on revenue of $923.13

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Sun Life Financial (NYSE: SLF) and Scor (OTCMKTS:SCRYY) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, earnings and valuation.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Sentry Investments Corp. grew its holdings in Sun Life Financial (NYSE:SLF) (TSE:SLF) by 2.3% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The institutional investor owned 531,100 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after buying an additional 11,900 shares during the quarter. Sentry Investments Corp.’s holdings in Sun Life Financial were worth $28,101,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Chemical Financial Corporation(CHFC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Media stories about Chemical Financial (NASDAQ:CHFC) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Chemical Financial earned a media sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the bank an impact score of 45.6707430515367 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Envestnet Asset Management Inc. boosted its stake in Chemical Financial Co. (NASDAQ:CHFC) by 60.8% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 16,192 shares of the bank’s stock after purchasing an additional 6,123 shares during the period. Envestnet Asset Management Inc.’s holdings in Chemical Financial were worth $884,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Chemical Financial (NASDAQ: CHFC) and Macatawa Bank (NASDAQ:MCBC) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability and risk.

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Spok Holdings, Inc.(SPOK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    News stories about Spok (NASDAQ:SPOK) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group rates the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Spok earned a coverage optimism score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the Wireless communications provider an impact score of 46.0015198315013 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Spok (NASDAQ: SPOK) and Mobil’nye Telesistemy PAO (NYSE:MBT) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, profitability, risk and institutional ownership.

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc.(UEPS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    MoSys, Inc. (NASDAQ: MOSY) shares rose 44.7 percent to $2.20 in pre-market trading after the company reported better-than-expected Q1 results and issued strong Q2 forecast.
    The Trade Desk, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTD) rose 23.2 percent to $65.01 in pre-market trading after the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter. The company also issued strong second-quarter and FY18 sales guidance.
    Immersion Corporation (NASDAQ: IMMR) rose 17 percent to $13.55 in pre-market trading after reporting upbeat Q1 results.
    Akcea Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKCA) rose 13.8 percent to $23.50 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that the FDA Advisory Committee voted in favor of WAYLIVRA for the treatment of familial chylomicronemia syndrome.
    RXi Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NASDAQ: RXII) rose 9.4 percent to $2.45 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed a collaboration with Iovance Biotherapeutics.
    ViewRay, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRAY) rose 13.7 percent to $8.80 in pre-market trading after reporting upbeat quarterly earnings.
    ForeScout Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSCT) rose 5.6 percent to $32.00 in pre-market trading after falling 2.26 percent on Thursday.
    Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: UEPS) shares rose 5.6 percent to $9.30 in pre-market trading after reporting Q3 results.
    Aflac Incorporated (NYSE: AFL) rose 4.7 percent to $47.50 in pre-market trading.
    Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ: CLNE) rose 4.2 percent to $2.24 in pre-market trading following Q1 earnings.
    Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: KTOS) shares rose 3.7 percent to $11.00 in pre-market trading after the company reported Q1 earnings.

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  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    The Trade Desk, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTD) jumped 36.2 percent to $71.82 after the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter. The company also issued strong second-quarter and FY18 sales guidance.
    WideOpenWest, Inc. (NYSE: WOW) jumped 30.4 percent to $8.80 after the company reported Q1 results.
    MoSys, Inc. (NASDAQ: MOSY) shares surged 28.6 percent to $1.9541 after the company reported better-than-expected Q1 results and issued strong Q2 forecast.
    Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ: BOXL) gained 24 percent to $6.39.
    Akcea Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKCA) shares gained 19.1 percent to $24.60. Akcea Therapeutics, an affiliate of Ionis Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: IONS) announced that the Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee, which met to discuss the safety and efficacy of subcutaneously injected volanesoren solution for patients with familial chylomicronemia syndrome, voted 12-8 to support its approval.
    Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: UEPS) shares rose 17 percent to $10.31 after reporting Q3 results.
    ArcBest Corporation (NASDAQ: ARCB) gained 16.8 percent to $43.1457 after reporting upbeat quarterly earnings.
    Amtech Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASYS) rose 16.2 percent to $8.60. Amtech posted Q2 earnings of $0.19 per share on sales of $32.783 million.
    Identiv, Inc (NASDAQ: INVE) surged 14.4 percent to $3.8450 following Q1 results.
    Omeros Corporation (NASDAQ: OMER) shares rose 14.3 percent to $18.43 following Q1 results.
    VivoPower International PLC (NASDAQ: VVPR) gained 11.5 percent to $2.71.
    Intersections Inc. (NASDAQ: INTX) gained 11.4 percent to $2.55 after reporting Q1 results.
    Noodles & Company (NASDAQ: NDLS) shares rose 10.9 percent to $8.65 following Q1 results.
    Voyager Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: VYGR) climbed 10.6 percent to $18.54 following Q1 results.
    Blink Charging Co. (NASDAQ: BLNK) rose 10.4 percent to $5.739.
    Immersion Corporation (NASDAQ: IMMR) gained 9.6 percent to $12.69
  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    TherapeuticsMD, Inc. (NASDAQ: TXMD) rose 7.3 percent to $6.90 in pre-market trading after the company reported the FDA approval of TX-004HR: IMVEXXY (estradiol vaginal inserts) for moderate to severe dyspareunia due to menopause.
    Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: UEPS) rose 6.1 percent to $10.50 in pre-market trading after falling 1.20 percent on Tuesday
    Movado Group, Inc. (NYSE: MOV) shares rose 5.7 percent to $44.60 in pre-market trading after the company reported better-than-expected Q1 results and raised its guidance.
    salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE: CRM) rose 5.4 percent to $133.67 in pre-market trading after the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its first quarter and raised its forecast for the full year.
    Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) rose 5.3 percent to $7.35 in pre-market trading.
    PagSeguro Digital Ltd. (NYSE: PAGS) rose 5.3 percent to $33.50 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    SpartanNash Co (NASDAQ: SPTN) rose 4.9 percent to $19.80 in pre-market trading after the company reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter on Tuesday.
    Groupon, Inc. (NASDAQ: GRPN) rose 4.9 percent to $4.95 in pre-market trading. Dalian Wanda will set up a joint venture with Tencent and Groupon's former local unit, Reuters reported.
    Okta, Inc. (NASDAQ: OKTA) rose 4.4 percent to $56 in pre-market trading after gaining 3.43 percent on Tuesday
    Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT) rose 4.3 percent to $120.92 in pre-market trading after gaining 2.05 percent on Tuesday.
    STMicroelectronics N.V. (NYSE: STM) shares rose 3.7 percent to $23.78 in pre-market trading after falling 4.70 percent on Tuesday.
    EVINE Live Inc (NASDAQ: EVLV) shares rose 2.7 percent to $1.14 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.

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Top Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Stoneridge Inc.(SRI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC purchased a new stake in Stoneridge, Inc. (NYSE:SRI) in the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund purchased 7,757 shares of the auto parts company’s stock, valued at approximately $214,000.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Shares of Stoneridge, Inc. (NYSE:SRI) have earned a consensus rating of “Buy” from the nine research firms that are presently covering the company, MarketBeat reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating, four have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $31.40.

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Aceto Corporation(ACET)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Aceto Corp. (NASDAQ: ACET) saw its shares halved on Thursday after the company gave a critical update. There is a lot going on for Aceto in this update, and most of it is not good news. Amid credit negotiations there are also changes at the highest level of management, making this a tough pill to swallow.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Aceto Corporation (NYSE: ACET) shares dropped 63 percent to $2.775 following announcement of financial challenges. The company has suspended further guidance and is evaluating strategic alternatives. Aceto also expects reduction in dividend moving forward. Canaccord Genuity downgraded Aceto from Buy to Sell.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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    Losers
    Aceto Corporation (NASDAQ: ACET) fell 41.9 percent to $4.30 in pre-market trading. ACETO board disclosed that it is taking proactive steps to address business and financial challenges. Canaccord Genuity downgraded Aceto from Buy to Sell.
    Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. (NASDAQ: HMNY) fell 25.3 percent to $2.86 in pre-market trading after reporting an ATM offering of $150 million.
    Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (NYSE: PIR) fell 17.4 percent to $2.86 in pre-market trading after reporting a fourth quarter sales miss. Comps were down 7.5 percent in the quarter.
    Sleep Number Corporation (NASDAQ: SNBR) fell 12.4 percent to $32.00 in pre-market trading following a first quarter earnings miss.
    Paratek Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRTK) fell 10.2 percent to $11.90 in pre-market trading on news of $125 million convertible debt offering.
    Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: MACK) shares fell 8 percent to $8.02 in pre-market trading after dropping 2.02 percent on Wednesday.
    Exponent, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPO) shares fell 5.6 percent to $80 in pre-market trading.
    Lumentum Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: LITE) shares fell 4.8 percent to $60.00 in pre-market trading after rising 1.78 percent on Wednesday.
    vTv Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: VTVT) fell 4.6 percent to $2.10 in pre-market trading after surging 84.87 percent on Wednesday.
    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (NYSE: TSM) shares fell 4.5 percent to $40.07 in pre-market trading after the company reported Q1 results.
    Align Technology, Inc.. (NASDAQ: ALGN) fell 3.5 percent to $267.40 in pre-market trading after rising 1.61 percent on Wednesday.
    Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) shares fell 3.5 percent to $12 in pre-market trading after the company issued quarterly fleet status report.
    GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ: GPRO) fell 3.2 percent to $4.90 in pre-market trading.
    Unilever PLC (NYSE: UL) fell 2.6 percent to $54.73 in pre-market

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Aceto (NASDAQ: ACET) and PetIQ (NASDAQ:PETQ) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, earnings, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

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