13 Blue-Chip Stocks With Risks You Need to Watch

Every company faces headwinds at some point.

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Every company faces headwinds at some point. Even the bluest of blue-chip stocks must tackle a serious threat from time to time.

Dangers can come from anywhere. They can be industrial accidents such as the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill that cost BP plc (BP) nearly $65 billion in legal fees, settlements and cleanup costs as of 2018. There are technological squabbles, such as Apple’s (AAPL) 2017 patent infringement lawsuit settlement with Nokia, which forced the iPhone maker to pay $2 billion upfront as well as ongoing royalties from iPhone sales. Pfizer (PFE) was weighed down considerably in 2011 as it was about to lose market exclusivity on its blockbuster cholesterol drug Lipitor – this so-called patent cliff is a frequent headwind for pharma stocks.


Data is as of June 10. Dividend yields are calculated by annualizing the most recent payout and dividing by the share price.

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Lisa Springer
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger.com

Lisa currently serves as an equity research analyst for Singular Research covering small-cap healthcare, medical device and broadcast media stocks.