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Hodges Loves These 10 Blue-Chips For Dividends And Long-Term Growth

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You may have heard the billions of dollars pulled from the stock market following 2008 are finding their way back. Investors may be more cautious this time around but they realize bonds and real estate aren’t offering the same rewards relative to risk that stocks can. A rapidly improving economy fueled by promising housing and auto numbers and low interest rates is only helping spur the return.  But where do investors trust their money? Hodges is sure the answer is in dividend yielding blue-chips.

Hodges Portfolio Manager Gary Bradshaw spoke with Kapitall to discuss what he believes are the most interesting and promising stocks in the Hodges Equity Income Fund (HDPEX) portfolio.

With a stock picking focus on dividend income and long-term capital appreciation, the 4-star rated fund has done well. As of 3/12/13, Hodges Equity Income Fund is up 10.9% over 1-year . Of the 1,300+ funds in the US Large Value category, HDPEX currently ranks #46 YTD and #36 over 1 Month, and #15 over 3 years (annualized returns). “We eat our own cooking, and it’s been good cooking,” says Bradshaw, referring to Hodges fund managers who all invest in the fund along with their clients. “We’re bullish on the market this year and we think investors will be rewarded.”

The proof is in the pudding: Back in August, Kapitall  interviewed Eric Marshal, co-manager of Hodge’s Small Cap Fund (HDPSX). The top ten holdings have returned an average 19% over 1 year.

Notable Stock Picks – A Case for Blue-Chips

Blue-chips aren’t sexy companies by any means, but Bradshaw believes the market ignored many of these stocks over the last 10-15 years, and that’s ready to change as skittish investors put their money back into the market. Here are some of his favorite stock picks:

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