Shell, HSBC Holdings, Unilever: Most popular blue-chip stocks to buy now

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Shell, HSBC Holdings, Unilever: Most popular blue-chip stocks to buy now

 Shell, HSBC Holdings, Unilever: Most popular blue-chip stocks to buy now
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Highlights 

  • Many LSE-listed companies have slumped lately due to disruption caused by the ongoing geopolitical tension and the sharply increasing inflation.
  • Blue-chip stocks are the stocks of fundamentally strong, well-established, and high-quality companies, which have proven their stability and steady growth over years.

 

 

Since the start of this year, investors have seen the share prices fluctuating due to many reasons, such as pandemic aftermath, inflation pressures, mini tech crash, and lastly, the Russia and Ukraine war. The war has pushed market volatility across the world. Many London Stock Exchange-listed companies have lost their values due to disruption caused by the ongoing geopolitical tension and the sharply increasing inflation.

It may be a good time to invest in blue-chip stocks that always seemed to be very expensive.

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It may be a good time to invest in blue-chip stocks that always seemed to be very expensive. Blue-chip stocks are the shares of fundamentally strong, well-established, and high-quality companies that are leaders in their sectors and have proven their stability and steady growth over a period of time.

These stocks are generally low-risk and less volatile investment opportunity that offers profits even under adverse market conditions, therefore, blue-chip stocks are often known considered as safe-haven assets. Also, these companies often make regular and growing dividend payments to their shareholders.

In the UK, companies that are constituent of the FTSE 100 Index are often referred to as blue-chip stocks. Let us explore some of the best blue-chip stocks at present, such as Shell Plc, AstraZeneca Plc, HSBC Holdings Plc, Rio Tinto Plc, and Unilever Plc.

Shell Plc (LON: SHEL)

The market cap of the multinational oil and gas company stands at £148,968.44 million as of 18 March 2022. Shell Plc’s shares closed trading at GBX 1,941.80, down by 1.20%, on 18 March 2022. The company has given a significant return of 29.76% to its shareholders over the last one year as of 18 March 2022, while its year-to-date return stands at 19.73%.

AstraZeneca Plc (LON: AZN)

The market cap of the multinational biopharmaceutical company, AstraZeneca Plc stands at £148,141.76 million as of 18 March 2022. AstraZeneca Plc’s shares closed trading at GBX 9,536.00, down by 0.26%, on 18 March 2022.

The company has given a significant return of 34.12% to its shareholders over the last one year as of 18 March 2022, while its year-to-date return stands at 9.89%.

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HSBC Holdings Plc (LON: HSBA)

The market cap of the multinational leading banking and financial services company, HSBC Holdings Plc stands at £101,163.63 million as of 18 March 2022. HSBC Holdings Plc’s shares closed trading at GBX 501.00, up by 0.08%, on 18 March 2022.

The company has given a significant return of 16.28% to its shareholders over the last one year as of 18 March 2022, while its year-to-date return stands at 11.67%.

Rio Tinto Plc (LON: RIO)

The market cap of the multinational leading metal and mining company, Rio Tinto Plc stands at £69,893.62 million as of 18 March 2022. Rio Tinto Plc’s shares closed at GBX 5,621.00, up by 0.46%, on 18 March 2022.

The company hasn’t performed well and has given a significant return of 2.74% to its shareholders over the last one year as of 18 March 2022, while its year-to-date return stands at 14.90%.

Unilever Plc (LON: ULVR)

The market cap of the multinational fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) company, Unilever Plc stands at £ 88,141.44 million as of 18 March 2022. Unilever Plc’s shares closed trading at GBX 3,420.50, down by 0.55%, on 18 March 2022.

The company hasn’t performed well and has given a negative return of -13.31% to its shareholders over the last one year as of 18 March 2022, while its year-to-date return stands at -13.45%.

Note: The above content constitutes a very preliminary observation or view based on industry trends and is of limited scope without any in-depth fundamental valuation or technical analysis. Any interest in stocks or sectors should be thoroughly evaluated taking into consideration the associated risks.

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