3 Bulletproof Blue-Chip Stocks

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bulletproof blue chips In times of uncertainty, I always fall back on my tried-and-true system for picking stocks. Over the decades of being in this business, my Portfolio Grader never has let me down. Now with stocks down seemingly every day, we need to focus on the best of the best. If you want to make money in this market, owning my "A"-rated stocks can help you navigate this difficult market.

The basics of my fundamental grading system focus on earnings growth, sales growth, margins and buying pressure or quantitative pressure. Growing companies are companies that are healthy and thriving. They have smart leaders who know how to run and manage a smart business. If a company is struggling to sell its products or is spending more than it makes, it's not a company you want to own for growth.

Buying pressure deals with market dynamics. It is the measure of money that is buying or selling a stock. The more money that floods into a stock, the more momentum a stock has to rise. Given that owning a stock that goes up is good, these stocks on the move give us the best chance to make money in the market.

Even during this recent sell-off, there are stocks that can and do move significantly higher. Case in point: Green Mountain Coffee. That fast-growing company with a rapidly appreciating stock jumped more than 30% last week after reporting earnings results that blew away even the most optimistic Wall Street estimates. Other examples include Apple and Google.

As I look at my Portfolio Grader today, there are three bulletproof blue-chip stocks that merit our attention. All three stocks received the desired "A" grade in both fundamental and quantitative measures. You can buy these three stocks with comfort, knowing my system has a proven track record of picking winners.

Here are more details on these three bulletproof blue chips:

BT Group

BT Group (NYSE: BT ), a British technology blue chip, provides telecom services across the globe. The company has been one of the rare shining stars in the messy debt crisis in Europe. Shares of the company are up a solid 13% this year at a time when the market is flat. The appreciation is not of the crazy, nosebleed valuation kind. It is steady and reliable, and it can be bought today at reasonable prices.

Given the explosion of personal handheld computing devices or smartphones, BT Group has plenty of room to grow further. The average Wall Street estimate is for the company to make a profit of $3.64 per share in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2012. In the following year, that number increases by 6% to $3.87 per share. At current prices, investors can buy this growing blue-chip stock for nine times current year estimates.

In addition to the cheap valuation, investors get paid to watch this stock grow. The company pays a dividend yield of nearly 5%. The ingredients are in place for investors to make money in this bulletproof blue-chip stock. The Portfolio Grader rates the company an "A."

Wynn Resorts

Casinos are thought to be recession-proof. This current economic malaise has had more of a negative impact on casino stocks thanks to the transformation of Las Vegas into a destination resort city instead of a gambling-only city. As a result, the name of the game is hotel occupancy - in addition to the rake from gambling. Fortunately for Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ: WYNN ), it has a big bet on Chinese gambling site Macau. Combined, Wynn Resorts is growing and thriving.

Shares of Wynn are up an impressive 43% so far in 2011. Those gains were fueled by operating performance that has exceeded expectations. In the most recent reported quarter ending June 30, Wynn posted a profit of $1.60 per share. That whipped analyst estimates of $1.04 per share. For the current year ending Dec. 31, the profit estimate is $5.39, growing 16% to $6.27 in the following year.

Investors can buy that growth for 28 times current-year estimated earnings. That premium is not excessive given Wynn's potential. On Monday, it was reported that gambling revenue in Macau increased by 48% in July. It has been my experience that Wall Street misses the mark on quickly growing stocks like Wynn. I would buy shares of this bulletproof blue chip with an "A" grade from my Portfolio Grader.

Discover Financial Services

Consumer spending might be anemic, but the credit card business shouldn't miss a beat. The slower spending did not impact Mastercard (NYSE: MA ) in any material way. The company reported results Wednesday that beat expectations. The credit chief said it made $4.76 per share vs. an average estimate of $4.23 per share. That big beat sent shares soaring by more than 13% on a day when stocks were quite volatile and only finished fractionally higher.

The news bodes well for bulletproof blue-chip stock Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS ). The company that offers credit and payment services primarily in the United States has adapted well to the new economic realities. According to Mastercard, debit spending is on the rise. While consumer spending might be falling, the use of plastic is alive and well. Discover is up 34% this year, with more gains likely to come when it reports results for the quarter ending this month.

Those gains have been fueled by four straight quarters of impressive earnings results that beat Wall Street estimates by a wide margin. Despite the stock gains and very strong profit performance, shares of Discover trade for only seven times current-year estimates. Portfolio Grader rates Discover an "A."



The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.



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