Blue Chips

The Straits Times  Jul 17  Comment 
July 18, 2014 2:38 AM SINGAPORE blue chips inched higher yesterday but further upside was capped as the bourse hit a 14-month high.
SeekingAlpha  Jul 15  Comment 
By Brad Thomas: A few days ago someone commented on an article that "the words 'blue chip' refer to stocks on the Dow" and while that may have been the case before my time, the generally accepted definition of a blue-chip is summed up by...
The Straits Times  Jul 7  Comment 
July 08, 2014 2:20 AM LOCAL shares rallied yesterday on the back of a Wall Street surge late last week, ignited by unexpectedly strong United States jobs data.
Yahoo  Jun 24  Comment 
U.S. indexes mostly fell Tuesday afternoon, led by declines in blue-chip stocks. Homebuilders rose after the government reported sales of new homes rose in May to the highest level in six years.
The Straits Times  Jun 11  Comment 
June 12, 2014 1:21 AM SINGAPORE blue chips continued to slip from their recent highs as traders cashed out on gains yesterday.
Reuters  Jun 9  Comment 
The BSE Sensex and Nifty surged on Monday to record highs as blue chips such as Coal India and Larsen & Toubro continued to rally on hopes of wide-ranging reforms by the new Narendra Modi government.
Yahoo  May 15  Comment 
The Russell 2000 index of small cap stocks was down 0.7 percent after earlier trading in correction territory, down more than 10 percent from its record close of 1,208.65 in early March.
Forbes  May 12  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...
Reuters  May 5  Comment 
The BSE Sensex edged higher on Monday, recovering from a five-session losing streak as market heavyweights such as Reliance Industries recouped, although sentiment remained broadly weak ahead of the conclusion of elections later this month.
Reuters  Apr 30  Comment 
The Nifty index fell on Wednesday to a 2-1/2 week low, retreating for a fourth session from a record high on Friday, as blue-chips geared to the domestic economy such as Larsen & Toubro Ltd (L&T) and ICICI Bank slumped in a bout of profit-taking.


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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