5 Stocks From the New Class of Rising Blue Chips

Smaller than the big names you're used to hearing, these midsize companies dominate their industries nonetheless.

When you think of blue-chip stocks, big brand-name companies such as Coca-Cola (symbol KO), McDonalds (MCD) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) come to mind. But John Fox, co-manager of the FAM Value Fund (FAMVX) and director of research at Fenimore Asset Management, the fund’s sponsor, unearths what he calls “rising blue chips” -- midsize companies that dominate their industries and have a global reach. “They’re smaller than IBM and Proctor & Gamble, but they’re blue chips in a lot of ways,” Fox says.

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Jennifer Schonberger
Staff Writer, Kiplinger's Personal Finance