12 Best Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Today (2024)

In this article, we will take a look at 12 of the best blue chip stocks to buy today. If you want to see more of the best blue chip stocks to buy today, go directly to 5 Best Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Today.

2022 has been a challenging year for many stocks in the market.

Given the high inflation in the United States, the Federal Reserve has raised interest rates six times this year and many analysts think the central bank will raise the rate even further.

With the higher interest rates, the U.S. consumer has less spending power and consumer demand is lower. With lower demand, companies are not investing as much, especially given that the cost of debt is also higher.

Similarly, the rising interest rates have increased U.S. Treasury yields substantially and the higher Treasury yields have made stocks less attractive to some investors.

As a result of the headwinds, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is down 11.4% year to date while the S&P 500 has fallen 21.4% year to date. The NASDAQ has fallen the most, declining almost 34% year to date.

Like the Dow Jones, many blue chip stocks have declined substantially in terms of their stock prices year to date. Given that many blue chip companies have strong competitive advantages and growth potential, however, some leading blue chips could be good buys in terms of long term investments as valuations potentially return closer to normal if the Federal Reserve successfully contains inflation.

In the near term, however, there is uncertainty even for blue chips if economic data fails to meet expectations. Many analysts think there could be a recession next year and the Federal Reserve has signaled it isn't done raising rates.

In addition to rising rates domestically, the international economy could face headwinds given that China's exports fell in October for the first time in over two years. With China's exports falling 0.3% in October in dollar terms year over year, global aggregate demand could be potentially weaker than expected.

Given the uncertainty, it could be a good idea for long term investors to own a well diversified portfolio of stocks across many different sectors.


For our list of 12 Best Blue Chip Stocks To Buy Today, we picked 12 blue chip stocks that we think have upside in terms of the long term given their competitive advantages and growth potential. Using the collective wisdom of hedge funds, we ranked the 12 blue chips stocks based on the number of hedge funds in our database that held shares in the same stocks at the end of Q2 2022.

12. General Electric Company (NYSE:GE)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 49

General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) is an industrial conglomerate whose shares declined in 2020 due to the pandemic, which weakened demand for GE aviation. With the interest rate increases and the broader market weakness, General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) shares have declined again by slightly over 14% year to date in 2022. Nevertheless, General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) has quality businesses and quality earnings power that could give the stock upside in the long term.

Longleaf Partners commented on General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) in a Q2 2022 investor letter,

“General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) – Aviation, Healthcare and Power conglomerate GE was punished in the quarter amid top-down economic fears for this collection of seemingly cyclical businesses. However, the market is not giving the company credit for the material improvements CEO Larry Culp has made in his tenure. The balance sheet today is stronger than it has been in a very long time, and each of the three primary business segments each have strong paths to increasing earnings, regardless of the economic environment. Healthcare has historically not been a cyclical business. While Aviation typically has some economic sensitivity, the business still has a strong COVID rebound tailwind that should continue even in an uncertain environment. Power is a less cyclical business, and GE maintains a steady business servicing approximately one-third of the world’s electricity. GE is another example of strong insider buying indicating management’s confidence in the business, while the company also began buying back discounted shares. GE is still on track to break the company into three separate businesses, and we believe this will help the market properly weigh the value of each core segment.”

Alongside Meta Platforms, Inc. (NASDAQ:META), Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) is a blue chip stock that's owned by many hedge funds in our database at the end of Q2 2022.

11. Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 67

Although Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT) is down around 2.57% year to date, the company's stock has done a lot better than the three major indexes as the leading retailer has benefited from more demand. Given the higher inflation, more consumers are looking for the best prices, and often Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT) stores are among the most competitive. If it can maintain its market share and keep its new customers, Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT) could continue to grow earnings for the future.

10. The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 71

As a maker of premium consumer staple brands, The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG) has been negatively affected by higher inflation. As a result, shares of The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG) have declined by 17.8% year to date. Nevertheless, there's hope that the Federal Reserve will successfully win its battle against inflation in a year or two. If that happens, demand for The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG) premium brands could normalize again.

9. The Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE:HD)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 80

Given the interest rate increases, the 30 year fixed mortgage rate is around 7.23% or more than double what it was a year ago. Given the higher mortgage rates, demand for homes has decreased, and demand for home improvement products has weakened too. As a result, leading home improvement retailer The Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE:HD) stock has fallen 31.6% year to date. Although interest rates could go higher before they go lower, there's hope the Federal Reserve will win its battle against inflation. If that happens, interest rates could normalize and demand for The Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE:HD) could normalize too. Currently shares of The Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE:HD) trade for a forward P/E ratio of 16.4, which could be an attractive valuation if the company grows EPS at the rate that analysts expect in the next five years.

8. Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 83

Although the broader market might have declined substantially in 2022, shares of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) are up around 0.24% year to date. In the longer term, Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) stock is also in an uptrend as the company continues to grow earnings per share given its innovative products and the pricing power of its consumer brands. Currently shares of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) trade for a forward P/E of 16.5, which is pretty attractive given the company's competitive advantages and earnings power.

7. JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 104

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) has benefited from the higher interest rates with higher net interest income, which rose 51% year over year in the third quarter. While JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM)'s net interest income rose, the bank's net profit nevertheless fell 17% given it set aside $808 million in reserves. If there is a recession next year, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) is among the best prepared banks given its balance sheet. In the long term, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) has upside given its quality earnings potential.

6. The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 109

The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) shares are down 35.7% year to date given some of the company's businesses such as its theme parks are pretty economically sensitive. Disney+'s valuation has also decreased in 2022 given the decline of Netflix's valuation this year. Nevertheless, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) has many high quality businesses that will likely increase in value in the long term if they maintain their market share.

Like The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS), Meta Platforms, Inc. (NASDAQ:META), Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) are blue chip stocks that are owned by many hedge funds in our database at the end of Q2 2022.

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Now, let's delve into the concepts mentioned in the article about the best blue-chip stocks to buy today. The article discusses the challenges faced by stocks in 2022 due to high inflation in the United States, leading to multiple interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve. This has impacted consumer spending, lowered demand, and affected companies' investments, considering the increased cost of debt.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, and NASDAQ have all experienced significant declines year to date, with blue-chip stocks following suit. Despite this, the article suggests that some leading blue-chip companies may present long-term investment opportunities as valuations potentially return to normal if the Federal Reserve successfully manages inflation.

The methodology used in selecting the 12 best blue-chip stocks involves ranking them based on the number of hedge funds holding shares at the end of Q2 2022. Now, let's briefly touch upon a couple of the mentioned blue-chip stocks:

  1. General Electric Company (NYSE: GE):

    • An industrial conglomerate facing challenges in 2022, particularly in GE aviation.
    • Despite a decline in share prices, the company is seen as having quality businesses and earnings power.
    • Plans to break the company into three separate businesses, indicating confidence in its value.
  2. Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT):

    • Despite a slight decline year to date, Walmart has outperformed major indexes due to increased demand driven by higher inflation.
    • Positioned well to benefit from consumers seeking competitive prices.

These are just a couple of examples, and the article provides insights into several other blue-chip stocks, their current situations, and potential for long-term growth. It emphasizes the importance of a well-diversified portfolio amid economic uncertainties.

For more detailed information on specific stocks and the top 5 blue-chip stocks to consider, you can refer to the full article.

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