Is BHP really a blue-chip?

Four variables – world growth, production costs, volumes and exchange rates – are difficult to forecast and can vary widely, yet they determine BHP’s intrinsic value.

BHP Billiton is a blue-chip staple of Australian share portfolios. The stock has been listed and popular for so long that many shareholdings are passed down between generations. But is the blue-chip tag deserved? And how do you know when to buy BHP? What does ‘blue chip’ mean anyway?


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