Last week I covered five of the top blue chip stocks in terms of analyst earnings revisions for first-quarter earnings. If you had a chance to read it, I hope you’ve considered what I said about analyst earnings revisions. When push comes to shove, I consider upward revisions to be a powerful indicator of earnings surprises.
Top High Dividend Companies To Own For 2015: Philip Morris International Inc(PM)
Philip Morris International Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in markets outside of the United States. Its international product brand line comprises Marlboro, Merit, Parliament, Virginia Slims, L&M, Chesterfield, Bond Street, Lark, Muratti, Next, Philip Morris, and Red & White. The company also offers its products under the A Mild, Dji Sam Soe, and A Hijau in Indonesia; Diana in Italy; Optima and Apollo-Soyuz in the Russian Federation; Morven Gold in Pakistan; Boston in Colombia; Belmont, Canadian Classics, and Number 7 in Canada; Best and Classic in Serbia; f6 in Germany; Delicados in Mexico; Assos in Greece; and Petra in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. It operates primarily in the European Union, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Canada, and Latin America. The company is based in New York, New York.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By WALLSTCHEATSHEET]
Philip Morris provides cigarette and tobacco products through established brands to an increasing consumer base around the world. The stock has done very well over the last few years and is now trading at all-time high prices. Earnings and revenue figures have been increasing and decreasing, in recent quarters, which has confused investors a bit. Relative to its strong peers and sector, Philip Morris has been an average year-to-date performer. Look for Philip Morris to OUTPERFORM.
Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: McDonald's Corporation(MCD)
McDonald?s Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a worldwide foodservice retailer. It franchises and operates McDonald?s restaurants that offer various food items, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages. As of December 31, 2009, the company operated 32,478 restaurants in 117 countries, of which 26,216 were operated by franchisees; and 6,262 were operated by the company. McDonald?s Corporation was founded in 1948 and is based in Oak Brook, Illinois.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Ben Levisohn]
McDonald’s (MCD) investors are definitely not loving it.John Taggart for The Wall Street
Shares of McDonald’s have slipped more than a percent today after the fast-food giant said it earned $1.40 a share, missing forecasts for $1.44,� on sales of $7.18 billion, below the Street consensus for $7.29 billion. Same-store sales were unchanged, while analysts had expected them to rise 0.8%.
Janney’s Mark Kalinowski calls McDonald’s earnings “McTroublesome.” He explains why:
Earlier today, McDonald�� (MCD; Neutral) reported underwhelming second-quarter EPS of $1.40, short of our $1.43 forecast and the consensus projection of $1.44. One worrisome aspect was June same-store sales, which missed across the board. June same-store sales declined by -3.5% in the U.S. (even worse than our sell-side low -2.6% estimate; and far below the Consensus Metrix figure of +0.1%), decreased by -3.4% in Europe (far short of our +1.0% forecast and Consensus Metrix of +0.8%), and fell by -2.0% in APMEA (below our +1.0% projection and the Consensus Metrix number of +0.6%). McDonald�� also comments that it anticipates worldwide July same-store sales to be in negative territory; our previous +0.8% forecast (which we now take down to -0.5%) had been below the sell-side consensus of +1.4%. We reduce our Q3 and Q4 EPS estimates by -2 cents each, to $1.58 and $1.44, respectively. Our full-year 2014 EPS forecast falls by -7 cents, to $5.63. We also lower our full-year 2015 EPS projection, by -8 cents, to $6.12. Furthermore, we take down our fair value estimate on MCD to $94.
Sterne Agee’s Lynne Collier and Wesley Carmichael call themselves “disappointed.” They explain:
Global same-store sales (SSS) of -0.1% were slightly below our estimate of +0.3% and below consensus of +0.8% as June comparable sales fell below projections. The Company’s restaurant-level margin of 17.1% was ~70bps below our exp
- [By Louis Navellier]
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters offers 30 brands and 250 varieties of coffee, cocoa, and tea. GMCR sells its drinks to wholesale customers like supermarkets and foodservice companies, as well as in ExxonMobil (XOM) convenience stores and McDonalds’ (MCD) restaurants. Green Mountain coffee is sold under the Newman’s Own Organics brand and the Tully’s label, but the biggest money-maker for this firm is its Keurig single-cup brewing systems for office and home use. The company is based in Waterbury, Vermont and it employs nearly 6,000 across North America.
Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Chevron Corporation(CVX)
Chevron Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in petroleum, chemicals, mining, power generation, and energy operations worldwide. It operates in two segments, Upstream and Downstream. The Upstream segment involves in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil and natural gas; processing, liquefaction, transportation, and regasification associated with liquefied natural gas; transportation of crude oil through pipelines; and transportation, storage, and marketing of natural gas, as well as holds interest in a gas-to-liquids project. The Downstream segment engages in the refining of crude oil into petroleum products; marketing of crude oil and refined products primarily under the Chevron, Texaco, and Caltex brand names; transportation of crude oil and refined products by pipeline, marine vessel, motor equipment, and rail car; and manufacture and marketing of commodity petrochemicals, plastics for industrial uses, and fuel and lubricant additives. It a lso produces and markets coal and molybdenum; and holds interests in 13 power assets with a total operating capacity of approximately 3,100 megawatts, as well as involves in cash management and debt financing activities, insurance operations, real estate activities, energy services, and alternative fuels and technology business. Chevron Corporation has a joint venture agreement with China National Petroleum Corporation. The company was formerly known as ChevronTexaco Corp. and changed its name to Chevron Corporation in May 2005. Chevron Corporation was founded in 1879 and is based in San Ramon, California.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Kelley Wright]
Based on this criteria, here are our current Timely Ten selections:Chevron Corp. (CVX)��ielding 3.3%
CVS Caremark (CVS)��ielding 1.6%
Coca-Cola (KO)��ielding 2.9%
Baxter International (BAX)��ielding 3.0%
Walgreen (WAG)��ielding 2.3%
McDonalds Corp. (MCD)��ielding 3.3%
PepsiCo (PEP)��ielding 2.8%
ExxonMobil (XOM)��ielding 2.9%
Occidental Petroleum (OXY)��ielding 2.7%
Wal-Mart Stores (WMT)��ielding 2.5%
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- [By Dan Caplinger]
Some stocks didn't manage to recover from early losses, however. Chevron (NYSE: CVX ) finished the day down 0.8%, extending its losses over the past few days. Given crude oil's price gain of nearly $1 per barrel today, most of Chevron's energy-company peers managed to post at least modest rebounds today, even though the sector has underperformed the broader market throughout the rally of the past six months. Investors might be concerned that the unfreezing of the company's assets in Argentina might lead Chevron to make greater investment in the country, potentially exposing it to future nationalizations of assets that could end up costing Chevron even more in lost assets. Avoiding political risk will be key for the company as it navigates various world energy markets.
- [By Lauren Pollock]
Chevron Corp.(CVX) intends to spend $39.8 billion on capital and exploratory investments next year, about $2 billion less than is expected for 2013, which was a relative peak year for such spending.
- [By Charley Blaine]
Oil prices, in fact, weighed on the Dow. Chevron (NYSE: CVX) reported a 5.8 percent drop in its third-quarter earnings. Shares fell 1.6 percent to $118.01. The decline subtracted 12.5 points from the Dow.
Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Visa Inc.(V)
Visa Inc., a payments technology company, engages in the operation of retail electronic payments network worldwide. It facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities. The company owns and operates VisaNet, a global processing platform that provides transaction processing services. It also offers a range of payments platforms, which enable credit, charge, deferred debit, debit, and prepaid payments, as well as cash access for consumers, businesses, and government entities. The company provides its payment platforms under the Visa, Visa Electron, PLUS, and Interlink brand names. In addition, it offers value-added services, including risk management, issuer processing, loyalty, dispute management, value-added information, and CyberSource-branded services. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, California.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Victor Reklaitis]
The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) rose 71 points, or 0.5%, to 15,067. Visa Inc. (V) �showed the largest gain among blue chips with its 1% advance, while Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) � and Merck & Co. (MRK) �were the biggest losers as they each fell 0.6%.
- [By WALLSTCHEATSHEET]
Visa facilitates transactions for consumers, companies, governments, and other entities around the world. The company recently reported earnings that have sat really well with investors. The stock has been steadily trending higher and is now trading near all-time high prices. Over the last four quarters, earnings and revenue figures have been increasing which has really pleased investors. Relative to its strong peers and sector, Visa has been an average year-to-date performer. Look for Visa to OUTPERFORM.
Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)
International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide. Its Global Technology Services segment provides IT infrastructure and business process services, including strategic outsourcing, process, integrated technology, and maintenance services, as well as technology-based support services. The company?s Global Business Services segment offers consulting and systems integration, and application management services. Its Software segment offers middleware and operating systems software, such as WebSphere software to integrate and manage business processes; information management software for database and enterprise content management, information integration, data warehousing, business analytics and intelligence, performance management, and predictive analytics; Tivoli software for identity management, data security, storage management, and datacenter automation; Lotus software for collaboration, messaging, and so cial networking; rational software to support software development for IT and embedded systems; business intelligence software, which provides querying and forecasting tools; SPSS predictive analytics software to predict outcomes and act on that insight; and operating systems software. Its Systems and Technology segment provides computing and storage solutions, including servers, disk and tape storage systems and software, point-of-sale retail systems, and microelectronics. The company?s Global Financing segment provides lease and loan financing to end users and internal clients; commercial financing to dealers and remarketers of IT products; and remanufacturing and remarketing services. It serves financial services, public, industrial, distribution, communications, and general business sectors. The company was formerly known as Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co. and changed its name to International Business Machines Corporation in 1924. IBM was founded in 1910 and is based in Armonk, New York.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Tom Taulli]
IT Spending: Last week,�IBM�(IBM) announced a terrible earnings report. It�missed expectations�on revenue by a stunning $1 billion.�But IBM�� weakness was more than just about poor execution. With the overall uncertainty in global economies, we’re seeing a general resistance to make to make commitments for IT purchases. And the recent budget showdown in DC was also no help. IBM also felt pressure in China. While the company blamed this on the government�� reform efforts, there may also be indications of a harder line on technology imports. These combined headwinds will all affect MSFT stock as well.
- [By Dan Caplinger]
IBM (NYSE: IBM ) , down 0.5%
Tech giant IBM has also seen big swings lately, with a huge plunge after the company's earnings announcement in mid-April. Big Blue suffered especially hard from weakness in China, which rippled beyond its government contracts to hurt businesses as well. Moreover, even though IBM has pioneered the successful business strategy of focusing on high-margin segments rather than low-margin commodity businesses like basic hardware, competitors are finally catching on and giving IBM a run for its money. Still, IBM responded to the price decline by announcing further share buybacks, which should help boost earnings-per-share figures and keep IBM on track for its long-range goal of $20 in EPS by 2015.
- [By Tim Brugger]
International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM ) and Italy-based commercial bank UniCredit have entered into a "multi-billion dollar, 10-year agreement," in which IBM will provide UniCredit with cloud-based infrastructure support throughout Europe, IBM announced today. Financial specifics of the long-term agreement were not disclosed.
- [By Dan Caplinger]
On Wednesday, Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO ) will release its quarterly report, and once again, investors expect that the networking giant will see its revenue drop. So far, Cisco has been able to keep its profits relatively stable despite the declines in sales, but with ongoing competition from IBM (NYSE: IBM ) and Oracle (NYSE: ORCL ) to capture enterprise customers and offer them the widest possible range of products and services -- including those related to networking -- the question Cisco Systems faces is whether it can sustain its leadership role in networks while expanding to serve a greater portion of its clients' overall IT needs.
Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Colgate-Palmolive Company(CL)
Colgate-Palmolive Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets consumer products worldwide. It offers oral care products, including toothpaste, toothbrushes, and mouth rinses, as well as dental floss and pharmaceutical products for dentists and other oral health professionals; personal care products, such as liquid hand soap, shower gels, bar soaps, deodorants, antiperspirants, shampoos, and conditioners; and home care products comprising laundry and dishwashing detergents, fabric conditioners, household cleaners, bleaches, dishwashing liquids, and oil soaps. The company offers its oral, personal, and home care products under the Colgate Total, Colgate Max Fresh, Colgate 360 Advisors' Opinion:
- [By TaniaC]
Colgate-Palmolive Company (CL) is a consumer products company whose products are marketed in over 200 countries and territories throughout the world. It operates in two segments: Oral, Personal and Home Care and Pet Nutrition.
- [By Lee Jackson]
Colgate-Palmolive Co. (NYSE: CL) is a top consumer staples name to make the UBS. Colgate sells its products in more than 200 countries and makes more than 75% of its revenue outside the United States, which provides geographic diversification and growth opportunities in emerging markets for the company. This diversity, matched with a huge list of consumer products, keeps revenues and dividends growing. Investors are paid a 2.3% dividend. The consensus target is $67.14. Colgate closed Tuesday at $64.34.
Top 10 Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Apple Inc.(AAPL)
Apple Inc., together with subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and markets personal computers, mobile communication and media devices, and portable digital music players, as well as sells related software, services, peripherals, networking solutions, and third-party digital content and applications worldwide. The company sells its products worldwide through its online stores, retail stores, direct sales force, third-party wholesalers, resellers, and value-added resellers. In addition, it sells third-party Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iPod compatible products, including application software, printers, storage devices, speakers, headphones, and other accessories and peripherals through its online and retail stores; and digital content and applications through the iTunes Store. The company sells its products to consumer, small and mid-sized business, education, enterprise, government, and creative markets. As of September 25, 2010, it had 317 retail stores, including 233 stores in the United States and 84 stores internationally. The company, formerly known as Apple Computer, Inc., was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in Cupertino, California.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Leo Sun]
In a previous article, I discussed three exciting ways that Google (NASDAQ: GOOG ) was revolutionizing the health care industry via new investments in biotech, medical devices, and electronic health records (EHRs). However, Google's (NASDAQ: GOOG ) chief rival in smartphones and tablets, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL ) , also has some grand plans of its own for expanding into the health care industry.
- [By Paul Ausick]
On the operating system side of the equation, Android from Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) and iOS from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) continue to lead by wide margins. The Windows Phone operating system from Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) and BlackBerry OS from BlackBerry Ltd. (NASDAQ: BBRY) trail well behind.