5 blue-chip stocks to avoid for now

These big-name underperformers may look like bargains, but investors would be better off looking elsewhere for value.

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Mar 17, 2014 10:25PM
News Story : "Vice President Joe Biden set off for Europe late Monday".  Now even I am laughing!  OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  It is a wonder we are all not dead with these morons running the country.
Mar 17, 2014 10:42PM
classic dual. Community Organizer vs. The former head of the KGB. I'm sure Mr. Putin is $$iting his drawers.

Mar 17, 2014 10:11PM

WOW!  Obama freezes the assets of several Russian INDIVIDUALS.  Not Russian assets, but a few people's assets.  WOW, is Putin feeling the pressure?  I hear chuckles coming from across the sea.

Hmm?  After WWI, then LIKE NOW, the U.S and the world was burned out on war and had a hunger for "normalcy".  And what happened?  We turned inward, believed in disarmament, and pushed to increase the use of "international law" (you know .. Obama says “get with the 21st century”, war was so passé).  Much of the western world was consumed with guilt over past deeds. 


So what happened? Rogue regimes figured out pretty quickly that liberal democracies weren't interested in policing the world.  In 1931 Japan invades and brutalizes Manchuria, Japan thumbs its nose at the League of Nations.  Italy invades Ethiopia?  Why not there was no one too object or push back.  And then we have Chamberlain.


So, Obama starts out the shoot in 2009, "negotiating” with Russia, gives up hundreds of American nukes for NOTHING in return from Russia. He pushes the "Reset" button.  Russia objects to more former Soviet states being added to NATO, Obama backs down.  Russia objects to staging missile defense assets in Poland, Obama backs down.  Obama PROMISES to support Ukraine (whatever the heck that meant or means). Hmm?  He does nothing about Iran's nuclear program.  Then he draws a red line.  It is crossed, so he draws it again.  It is crossed and then he says "it is not if but when we attack Syria".  Then he hees and haws and then says..... “Ah  ... well .... Ah.... maybe we should ask congress about this".   So Hitler invades Poland.... a ... I mean Putin invades the Crimea.


If you do not know your history, you are doomed to repeat it.  You have to be a moron, and we have one in the White House and an Administration full of them, to not understand way Putin laughs as he invades the Crimea.  And, I know your heads will explode, and I am not a fan of Palin, but even Palin said years ago (YEARS AGO) Putin will invade the Ukraine.  And I remind you Crimea is the Ukraine.


So what does Obama do?  Well, he insults Putin saying "he is living in the 19th century".  Well, take that Putin!  He told you!  WOW!!  Obama chides Putin saying, “Does he not know that civilized nations take issues to the UN?”


We will not go to war with Putin, but we should be putting missile defense assets in Poland tomorrow.  We need to be careful, but we should be taking about adding members to NATO.  (Which by the way, why did Putin object to adding Ukraine to NATO years ago?  Gee ... ah ... would Putin have invaded a NATO country?)  AH, I don't think so.  So what is your first move if you are Putin with eyes to reconstitute the Soviet nations?  Well duh, don't allow any to join NATO.


This is so obvious and yes REPUBLICANS saw this five years ago.  I did. 


Ok, so who else will now go rogue seeing Obama is a weak moron?  Watch and learn.  Of course if you are a Democrat you will not, your head will be in the sand as long as YOUR GUY is in charge and naturally can do no wrong, is perfect in every way. 


Mar 22, 2014 3:47PM
I've been buying T (that's AT&T) for several weeks now. Now its price is moving up, but if it goes down again I'll buy a little more. I like the dividends and have no fear of losing capital: Eventually paper losses will transform into paper gains if patience is liberally applied.
Mar 18, 2014 9:38AM
It's getting harder to find stocks that aren't overvalued.  This might be a good time to takes some profits and wait for the inevitable correction.
Mar 18, 2014 7:39AM
I'm staying away from most individual stocks for now, and only going 50% stock in my 401k.
Mar 22, 2014 11:55PM
should we really care about what happens in Crimea? This may seem like Russia is winning, but is it really? Now all of its neighbors are a little bit nervous. Who benefits from that? Not Russia. We need to stay calm and look at the long term. Obama's limited actions are probably appropriate. This is a very delicate situation. This is not the time to be rash. 
Mar 17, 2014 8:10PM
 I would just avoid all welfare dependent morons living off debt lies and abuse of Monetary and government policy. Hail Hitler you stupid democrat twit a socialist nazi retread.
Mar 22, 2014 10:21PM
I think you are about half right on your listing but that also make you half wrong so that might be acceptable for a baseball player but not good enough for a stock picker....you have failed just like Obama has and that makes you both losers.... have you ever wondered why Obama chose to claim he is black when we know he is half white, or more.
Mar 22, 2014 4:08PM
There have been a number of articles promoting AT&T and Verizon lately.  For AT&T, it's eps was $2.50 in 2013, projected to be $2.65 in 2014 (up 6%) and is expected to be $2.78 in 2015 (up 5%) and the avg. of analysts projects is an annual gain of 5.9% for the next 5 years.  5.9% plus a 5.4% dividend (reinvested) should be an annual 11%+ gain for the next 5 years.

I sold most of my AT&T stock at the beginning of 2013 to buy a car.  I haven't been tempted to add to what I have left though I've added or bought other stocks, but I'm in no hurry to sell it.  The article says it's down 6+% percent on the year, but my spreadsheet shows I'm down 1.16%, 1.39% if you don't count the 1st quarter dividend. 

If Warren Buffett owns IBM, it's ridiculous to take so-so words he said on TV and try to make it look like he hates the stock.  I don't own IBM, though I did some research on it and don't think it's one of 5 Blue Chips to avoid.

Apr 15, 2014 3:45PM
I wish somebody would do a study on the long-term performance of MSN article stock recommendations vs the performance of a S&P500 index fund. I would bet everything I won that the index fund would kick it's butt.
Mar 22, 2014 9:58AM
Stocks are risky.  You've got to know what you are doing.  Find a solid financial adviser before you invest any money.
Mar 23, 2014 9:33AM
While I like AT&T, I have always thought their latest slogan was very odd.

I mean, if you rethink "possible", wouldn't that outcome be "impossible"? So shouldn't the slogan really be "Rethink impossible"?

Or how about "Rethink not hiring enough English majors"?... 
Apr 15, 2014 1:35PM
I really like that Whole Foods is a company that is trying to preserve the basic foods qualities that we all grew up with like apples and oranges and other things that grow instead of opening up the chemistry set on it. Hopefully, in the future we will still have real food. This site is so sluggish today. Maybe it is my equipment though, since happily, I'm not a computer technician. What is a shame that is a company like Whole Foods must keep things in its stores just to stay in business. Some things just have to be there and to keep them competitive enough, but what is more important, is that it is becoming more obvious to other grocery retail businesses, that the road to the chemistry set is not totally in the favor of all of us and that some people do appreciate good food and nutrition. I see it as worth the investment, even thought the stock sometimes seems to have a leak in it.
Apr 15, 2014 12:48PM
AT&T= American Tricksters & Thieves......jejejejejeje!!....unbridled greed!!
Mar 17, 2014 9:06PM

Ohbummy;Let`s hear you sing the"TRAILER PARK BLUES".Maybe with your next welfare check

you can afford to go to a NASCAR EVENT and spend time with other illiterate Obama haters.

Mar 18, 2014 3:25AM

Wonder if the lot of you who seem to be taken by Putin while being nasty and dsprespectful towards your own country and duly elected President think that you are admired for the crap that you publicly state against your own country's President?

The people overseas reading and hearing your disrespect levied against your own country's leader, only serves for them to respect you even less, dislike you even more and find you stupidity more blinding than ever, even as you continue to wash your dirty laundry of ignorance and made up complaints in public.

12 plus years of wars and warring and counting to what end? War in the 1990s by Bush Sr. and then war in the 2000s by Bush Jr. What prosperity have those wars brought the USA? Our standard of living continues to go down even further economically, while other countries who the USA either keep sending monies/financial aid to or provide defense for continue to thrive. Bases were closed in the USA to save money resulting in loss of jobs in other services/businesses dependent on these bases, while mega bucks were spent keeping bases open overseas and even further expanded in Asia helping those countries economies.  

To help our own people in need in the USA there must be offsets, yet there are no offsets required when mega funds are sent overseas to help other countries or buy good will. How many trillions of dollars have been spent and lives lost fight an open ended war on terror worldwide before this President was elected and who then decided to narrow the field of fighting terror, while making sure other countries know/ realize that they too would have to belly up to the bar financially regarding the global fight against terror? Germany can afford to protect itself and so can Japan and South Korea and other countries in the Middle East. So why should the citizens of the USA alone bear the cost of protecting these countries when these countries  can afford to help bear the cost of their own protection?

The Good Book states that there is nothing new under the sun and tells of wars and conflicts throughout the ages. There will always be conflicts and rumors of wars. Nothing new there. It is only they who pick their battles wisely and make sure that home base is secure and well taken care of, that win and survive financially and otherwise.. Check the Bible to see the outcome of the destruction that those wars and conflicts caused.

The Roman empire fell because they bickered and fought amoung themselves and then spread their military might too thinly as they went further afield and setting up bases in those countries and forgot to take care of home base first and foremost, which deteriorated, by then it was too late to stop the infighting, blight, deterioration and destruction etc at home.

So go on, keep putting your own country down and pushing your own country into other conflicts that you cannot afford to pay for. Time for the DRAFT and raising of taxes on those who seem to want the USA to keep culling its own country of its youths, and leaving massive defense debt for the starving, homeless uneducated and jobless  children and grandchildren to bear.

Apr 15, 2014 1:27PM

Speaking of "It's a wonder..." It's actually a wonder that anyone with intellect can stay seated on their chair rather then laughing and rolling on the floor at some of these stupid comments. Obviously, the teatards can't read since they post the same b*llsh*t after every news story published. It doesn't matter what the topic is, they just spew their Koch garbage. Haven't you hateful fools had enough? Haven't you seen the jobs that have been created, the success of your much hated, "Obamacare", the stabilization of the housing market, the troops coming home from overseas? Or are you too hateful and ignorant to see all the good things that are happening?

Doesn't matter, just keep copying and pasting your trash talk. It gives the rest of us something to laugh about.

Mar 18, 2014 7:51AM
"Actually they probably gave your spiel a thumbs down because it is you are the one who does not know his history. If you are so hell bent on starting a war with Russia why don't you and a few of your buddies lace up those boots and go fight it out with Russia?"

In the rest of America, we observe by reading history that the same war-mongers generate wars to gain profits. This was no different. The robotic "cat" war machine and hover-bots came first. Now a war to justify massive production by psychotic death-fetish types (the GOP) will occur. 
It's a good thing that we have WAY too many college-educated paper and button pushing stock gambling fetish fools. You'll make a good front line next to the Viet Nam Era throwbacks frothing to go down fighting. McCain is ready to go. There's plenty of other delusional war freaks to follow him in. Meanwhile, it gives commonsense the chance to off Big Oil and convert us away from a fuel-dependent false economy. 
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