7 Big-Name Blue Chips Rated ‘Strong Buy’
In this volatile market, blue-chip stocks are some of the only places investors can turn to. The following seven big large-cap stocks still are standing tall.

Blue chip stocksUnemployment is high, investors are jittery over Greek debt fears and market volatility seems to be the norm. Where can you turn, then, for stock picks? To big-name blue chips, that’s where.

I watch more than 5,000 publicly traded companies with my Portfolio Grader tool, ranking companies by a number of fundamental and quantitative measures. And this week, I’m tracking seven big large-cap stocks that are standing tall amid the turmoil.

Here they are, in alphabetical order. Each one of these stocks gets a “A” grade according to my research, meaning it is a strong buy:

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is a worldwide technology mogul with products ranging from personal computers to networking solutions. Apple has had a strong 2011, gaining nearly 28% and currently is at a 52-week high.

Chevron (NYSE:CVX) provides support to its subsidiaries in the following fields: petroleum operations, chemicals operations, mining operations, power generation and energy services. While many stocks on the NYSE have underperformed in 2011, Chevron stock is up 8% year to date.

Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) is one of the most recognizable brands in the world and owns the licenses for more than 500 nonalcoholic beverage brands internationally. Its sodas haven’t been the only sweet thing lately, as KO stock is up 7% year to date.

Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE:CL) is a staple of consumer products, selling its oral, personal, home care and pet nutrition products in over 200 countries. A nice year-to-date return of 16% has helped keep Colgate stock holders happy all year.

IBM (NYSE:IBM) is an international IT company made famous by its line of personal computers and various IT services. A year-to-date gain of 18% shows IBM stock has a lot to offer.

McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD) is a pioneer of the fast-food industry, operating restaurants in 100 countries. Furthermore, burgers seem recession-proof as MCD stock has soared 20% since the start of 2011.

Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM) is involved with the manufacture and sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in over 180 countries across the globe. Year to date, PM stock is up 16%, compared to a loss of nearly 2% for the Dow Jones.

Get more analysis of these picks and other publicly-traded stocks with Louis Navellier’s Portfolio Grader tool, a 100% free stock-rating tool that measures both quantitative buying pressure and eight fundamental factors.

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