Top Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now


The stock prices of China’s big internet companies fell Friday after the country’s legislative body adopted a new, strict privacy law to come into force on November 1.

Alibaba shares were down 2.6%, with Tencent Music falling 3% before recovering later in the day. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index fell 1.8% and the CSI 300 composite of Chinese blue chips dropped 2%.

A report by the official Xinhua News Agency said that the law was voted by the National People’s Congress and promulgated immediately by president Xi Jinping.

Its passage marks another step in the Chinese government and regulators’ crackdown on the country’s biggest internet companies, tightening the regulation of cyberspace and strengthening compliance requirements, to better protect user privacy.

Chinese authorities in early July announced a cybersecurity probe of Didi, the ride-hailing app, just three days after the company started listing on the New York Stock Exchange. The stock price is down 49% since then.

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: Consolidated Communications Holdings Inc.(CNSL)


Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides telecommunications services to residential and business customers in Illinois, Texas, and Pennsylvania. Its telecommunications services include local and long-distance services, high-speed broadband Internet access, standard and high-definition digital television, digital telephone services, custom calling features, private line services, carrier access services, network capacity services over its regional fiber optic network, and competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) services. The company also offers telephone directory publishing services, wholesale transport services on its fiber-optic network in Texas, billing and collection services, inside wiring services, and maintenance services. In addition, it provides automated calling services for correctional facilities; and sells and supports telecommunications equipment, such as key, private branch exchange, and IP-based telephone system s to business customers in Texas and Illinois. The company serves residential customers, and universities and hospitals, as well as retail, commercial, light manufacturing, and service industry accounts in Illinois; manufacturing and retail industries, hospitals, local governments, and school districts in Texas; and small to mid-sized businesses, educational institutions, and healthcare facilities in Pennsylvania. As of December 31, 2011, it had 227,992 local access lines, 110,913 digital subscriber lines, 34,356 Internet protocol digital television subscribers, 9,199 voice over Internet protocol, and 89,774 CLEC access line equivalents. The company was founded in 1894 and is headquartered in Mattoon, Illinois.


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  • [By Motley Fool Transcribers]

    Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc.  (NASDAQ:CNSL)Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 21, 2019, 10:00 a.m. ET

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Consolidated Communications (NASDAQ:CNSL) was upgraded by BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note issued to investors on Thursday.

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: National Grid Transco, PLC(NGG)


National Grid plc, incorporated on July 11, 2000, is an electricity and gas utility company focused on transmission and distribution activities in electricity and gas in both the United Kingdom and the United States. The Company’s segments include UK Electricity Transmission, which is engaged in high voltage electricity transmission networks in Great Britain; UK Gas Transmission, which is the gas transmission network in Great Britain and UK liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage activities; UK Gas Distribution, which includes approximately four of the eight regional networks of Great Britain’s gas distribution system, and US Regulated, which includes gas distribution networks, electricity distribution networks and high voltage electricity transmission networks in New York, and New England and electricity generation facilities in New York. Its other activities relate to non-regulated businesses and other commercial operations not included within the above segments, including the United Kingdom gas metering activities; the Great Britain-France Interconnector; the United Kingdom property management; a United Kingdom LNG import terminal (National Grid Grain LNG Limited); the United States LNG operations; the United States unregulated transmission pipelines; together with corporate activities.


UK Electricity Transmission

The Company owns and operates the electricity transmission network in England and Wales, with day-to-day responsibility for balancing supply and demand. The Company operates but do not own the Scottish networks. Its networks comprise approximately 7,200 kilometers (over 4,470 miles) of overhead line, approximately 1,500 kilometers (over 930 miles) of underground cable and approximately 340 substations.

UK Gas Transmission

The Company owns and operates the gas national transmission system in Great Britain, with day-to-day responsibility for balancing supply and demand. Its network comprises approximately 7,660 kilometers (over 4,760 miles) of high pressure pipe and approximately 20 compressor stations. The gas throughput across the system is over 80 billion cubic meters.


UK Gas Distribution

The Company owns and operates approximately four gas distribution networks comprising over 131,000 kilometers (over 81,400 miles) of pipeline. The Company transports gas from the national transmission system to approximately 10.9 million consumers on behalf of approximately 40 shippers.

US Regulated

The Company jointly owns and operates transmission facilities across upstate New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. It owns and operates electricity distribution networks in upstate New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The assets it operates include over 170 kilometers (approximately 110 miles) of underground cable, over 490 transmission substations and approximately 690 distribution substations. It owns and operates gas distribution networks across the northeastern United States, located in upstate New York, New York City, Long Island, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The Company forecasts, plans for and procures over 20 billion standard cubic meters of gas each year.


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    So where does the cash come from? Occasionally (when funding is cheap) it is borrowed. In other cases, management is preparing for a corporate restructuring or returning the proceeds from an asset sale. That was the case with National Grid (NYSE: NGG). The U.K. utility giant recently unloaded some non-core gas distribution operations. That divestiture paid for a hefty special dividend of $5.42 per share (8.2% yield).

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    Investors would be forgiven for overlooking National Grid (NYSE:NGG) when evaluating utility stocks. Over half of the company’s asset base is located in the United Kingdom, along with its corporate headquarters. That means it reports financial performance in pounds, and it’s a lot easier to avoid currency conversions and the painful effects of currency exchange rates, which have significantly weighed on the business in recent years thanks to a strong U.S. dollar.

  • [By Anders Bylund, Timothy Green, and Brian Feroldi]

    So we asked a few Motley Fool contributors to share some alternatives to GM’s attractive dividend yields. Read on to see why our panelists recommended Pitney Bowes (NYSE:PBI), National Grid (NYSE:NGG), and AT&T (NYSE:T).

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    CNX Midstream Partners (NYSE: CNXM) and National Grid (NYSE:NGG) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, risk, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Top Blue Chip Stocks To Watch Right Now: County Bancorp, Inc.(ICBK)


County Bancorp, Inc. (“we,” “us,” “our” or the “Company”) is a Wisconsin corporation founded in May 1996 and is registered as a bank holding company under the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956, as amended (the “BHCA”). Our primary activities consist of holding the stock of our wholly-owned subsidiary bank, Investors Community Bank (the “Bank”), and providing a wide range of banking and related business activities through the Bank and our other subsidiaries. At December 31, 2015, we had total assets of approximately $885 million. For additional financial information, see our Consolidated Financial Statements at Part II, Item 8 of this Form 10-K.
Investors Community Bank
Investors Community Bank is a Wisconsin state bank originally chartered in 1997, and headquartered in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.   Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Independent Bank Group (NASDAQ:IBTX) and County Bancorp (NASDAQ:ICBK) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, valuation and dividends.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Guaranty Bancorp (NASDAQ:GBNK) and County Bancorp (NASDAQ:ICBK) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.

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