12 Blue-Chip Stocks With Red-Hot Growth Estimates

Much of the market was shelled in October and November – even no-doubt blue chips that typically can take a beating.

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Much of the market was shelled in October and November – even no-doubt blue chips that typically can take a beating. But the economic undertow still is mostly pointed in the right direction.

Economic growth continues to be robust, unemployment is lean and the Federal Reserve finally looks like it’s at least considering a slightly dovish stance on interest rates. And while the Democratic takeover of the House had some investors worried about gridlock, some experts view it through bullish-tinted glasses.

“We think markets likely view this outcome as positive since it removes the risk of an all-Democratic Congress,” Evercore Managing Director Terry Haines told Bloomberg, “and the increased Republican Senate majority offers additional assurance that the 2017 tax cuts would not be rolled back in 2021 in the event of a Democratic president.”

In that light, it’s easy to assume the best and start seeking out aggressive, high-growth, high-risk names. But it’s incorrect to think only risky stocks are capable of producing strong growth. Sometimes big, well-established old-school names are surprisingly capable of putting up some big numbers, too: all the reward potential, with much less risk.

Here are 12 top blue-chip stocks that still sport impressive growth and/or profit estimates – even against the backdrop of a (very) mature economic growth cycle.

Data is as of Nov. 28, 2018.

James Brumley
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger.com
James Brumley is a former stock broker, registered investment adviser and Director of Research for an options-focused newsletter. He's now primarily a freelance writer, tapping more than a decade's worth of broad experience to help investors get more out of the market. With a background in technical analysis as well as fundamental analysis, James touts stock-picking strategies that combine the importance of company performance with the power of stock-trade timing. He believes this dual approach is the only way an investor has a shot at consistently beating the market. James' work has appeared at several websites including Street Authority, Motley Fool, Kapitall and Investopedia. When not writing as a journalist, James works on his book explaining his multi-pronged approach to investing.