Blue Chips

The Straits Times  Mar 25  Comment 
March 26, 2015 2:27 AM GAINS in several blue chips and large-cap stocks helped lift local shares to a three-week high and hold the stock index above the 3,400-point level.
SeekingAlpha  Mar 25  Comment 
Market Intelligence Center  Mar 9  Comment 
After a strong performance last year, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has been on a stellar ride this year as well and has already hit multiple highs. The index consists of 30 U.S. blue chip companies that are considered leaders in their...
Forbes  Feb 20  Comment creates a proprietary ''DividendRank'' by screening through our coverage universe of large cap, dividend paying stocks, to look at a variety of data — dividend history & yield, book value, quarterly earnings — and comparing...
The Times of India  Feb 16  Comment 
Holding a portfolio of stocks for life is not a sure-fire way to riches.


Blue chips refer to stocks of very well known companies. While there is no exact definition in terms of revenue or market capitalization, these companies sell widely used products or services, are internationally recognized and are financially stable. Generally, all the stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average are considered to be blue chips. Other examples of blue chip stocks include Berkshire Hathaway and Royal Dutch Shell.

Blue chip stocks are generally less volatile than other stocks, and are considered to be "defensive" stocks. Due to their stable profitability, these companies, on average, also last longer. However, it does not mean that blue chip stocks do not fail. For example: Ford and Lehman Brothers were both considered to be blue chip stocks at some point.

The name is derived from the chip color in a poker table (blue being the most valuable chip).

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