Today we’re going to dive into 3 blue chip names your friends are probably dodging like a co-worker with a bad cold right now.
That’s too bad, because they’re making a big mistake.
And that goes double if you’re investing for the long haul. Say 10 years or more.
I’ll share their names in a second. First, let’s dive into precisely why these 3 American icons are fueling up for their next jump higher.
A Story as Old as Capitalism Itself
First off, I know I don’t have to tell you that the S&P 500 is up big: a whopping 12% year-to-date, including dividends. That means anyone who bet on the US economy, and homegrown companies’ ability to keep fattening their profits, easily won out and notched a princely gain.
The proof is in the pudding: so far, 73% of S&P 500 companies that have reported results this quarter posted sales above analysts’ expectations. That’s a new record! It’s also a big jump from the 56% of firms beating forecast sales over the last 12 months.
What does this mean?
Simple: consumers around the world can’t get enough of what US companies are selling … and that’s translating into big growth for the best American blue chips.
JNJ: Jump on This Pullback
One of the leaders: Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), which boasts a track record of delivering for shareholders that few companies—inside or outside the pharma space—can top. JNJ has chalked up sales growth for the last six quarters, and earnings have been crushing estimates for more than twice as long as that!
The result is a nice 15.3% gain this year alone.
JNJ’s Healthy Glow
Here’s where our opportunity comes in: the stock has stalled in recent weeks, despite JNJ’s growing sales and earnings. The shares also pay a 2.5% dividend and boast one of the strongest histories of dividend growth on the planet. That means it’s time to buy more—before the herd realizes its mistake and kicks JNJ higher.
2 Tech Buys for a Second-Stage Boost
As I just mentioned, the real strength in this year’s market is coming from tech.
That’s a change, since tech was relatively sleepy in 2016. But the sector is catching up with a vengeance: take the granddaddy of them all, Apple (AAPL), which is up 37% so far this year!
AAPL: Take a Bite Out of These Gains
On top of these gains, AAPL is giving shareholders a growing 1.6% dividend. The stock’s non-stop climb stems from its absurdly low valuation in 2016, when its P/E ratio plunged to less than 10—ridiculous for a company reporting 7.2% sales growth and a whopping $45.4 billion in revenue in just one quarter.
Tim Cook is guiding the Cupertino colossus to $250 billion in revenue for 2017. That’s right—a quarter of a trillion in sales for just one company! And we’ve yet to see what the 10th anniversary iPhone, the iPhone 8 (due out this fall), will look like.
Another Way to Profit From Smartphone Junkies
Apple isn’t the only tech company smashing records; Amazon.com (AMZN) is too, with sales soaring 25% in the second quarter from a year ago, to $38 billion.
Oh, and if you’re worried about this company losing money (like it so often did in the past), you don’t have to. Amazon has reported a profit for every quarter since the first quarter of 2015. And its recent acquisitions, like its surprise play for Whole Foods, are setting it up for even fatter profits.
That’s why it’s no surprise that Amazon’s stock is up 32.5% so far this year.
AMZN: Ready for the 4-Digit Club
Notice, however, that we’re now far off the year’s high. That’s because Amazon has recently flirted with a psychologically important number. Currently at $993 per share, investors are hesitant to bring it up to that magical $1,000.
But that doesn’t mean they won’t—after all, Amazon broke that level just a week ago. So now is the time to get your hands on this unbeatable tech and retail behemoth before its stock hits four digits—and sticks there.
— Michael Foster
These 3 stocks are all primed to surge through the end of 2017 and the first 6 months of 2018.
But there’s a problem.
Since their dividend yields are minimal (and Amazon doesn’t pay a dividend at all … at least not yet) most of those gains will only exist on paper. And as anyone who survived the 2008/09 catastrophe knows, paper gains can easily vaporize overnight
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Source: Contrarian Outlook