3 ways the 2020 stock market recovery could be your chance to make a million

first_img3 ways the 2020 stock market recovery could be your chance to make a million Kevin Godbold | Sunday, 7th June, 2020 Kevin Godbold has no position in any share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended GlaxoSmithKline. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of Next. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Burberry, Carnival, Diageo, Emis Group, and Sage Group. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. See all posts by Kevin Godbold Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!center_img Enter Your Email Address I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Following the coronavirus crash, we’ve been seeing an impressive stock market recovery. And the speed with which some shares have been shooting back up has surprised many people.The big fear is the recession in the real economy could be long and hard. And it can be tough to square that possibility in your head with buoyant stocks. But the stock market is a leading indicator. And all the investors participating in the market are looking ahead to where the economy may be going.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…In sport, for example, it’s a good idea to run to where the ball is going rather than to run to where it is now! I reckon something similar has been happening in the stock market over recent weeks.Meanwhile, some of the best investments we can make are when the outlook remains a little murky. If you want certainty, expect high stock prices as well – the two go hand in hand. And the opposite can be true – with uncertainty, shares can be priced lower by the market.Cheap shares in the stock market recoveryOne of the three ways I reckon you could boost your chance to make a million in the market is by buying cheap shares. But what is a cheap share? One way of looking at it is that cheap can be defined by low earnings multiples, and low share prices compared to assets. As well as other traditional value indicators.However, that’s not the whole story when it comes to ‘cheap’. Take the stocks with cyclical underlying businesses, for example. In many cases, they’ve seen the complete loss of revenue and profits during the lockdowns. So valuing those shares against non-existent earnings would be meaningless.Think about names in the FTSE 100 such as cruise operator Carnival, hotel and restaurant company Whitbread, and retailers Next and Burberry. Earnings have collapsed and their P/Es look high. But the share prices are much lower than they were before the crisis. And there’s huge potential for recovery in the underlying businesses.So I’d describe those fallen cyclical stocks as cheap. To me, they look attractive right now.New opportunitiesThe crisis has thrown up new opportunities for some companies, such as in the healthcare sector.And one of the other dramatic changes has been the high uptake of working from home. Indeed, some of those changes could end up being permanent.Sectors benefiting from the switch include IT and technology. Providers of cloud services and video conferencing are obvious examples, but many London-listed companies have been doing well lately. I’d look for opportunities in some of the lesser-known names, such as Sage in the FTSE 100, and smaller companies like EMIS and Oxford Metrics.Solid businessesA third group of businesses has seen little change to trading patterns because of the coronavirus. These tend to be the well-established, defensive and cash-generating companies that are resilient to the ups and downs of the general economy.They can be great vehicles for compounding your investment by ploughing the dividends back in. I’m thinking of FTSE 100 names such as British American Tobacco, Diageo, GlaxoSmithKline and National Grid.last_img read more

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Is it the perfect time to buy Royal Dutch Shell shares?

first_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Stuart Blair | Monday, 8th June, 2020 | More on: RDSB Image source: Getty Images. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Oil stocks have faced a torrid time over the last couple of months. This has even seen oil prices briefly turn negative, due to the significant lack of demand. But with supply being restricted, and demand also picking up, the price of Brent Crude has now reached over $42. This should rise further once restrictions are lifted and activity returns to normal. Therefore, it could be the perfect time to capitalise on cheap oil stocks. My top pick is Royal Dutch Shell (LSE: RDSB) shares. The cut dividend It was a major surprise when Shell cut its dividend by 66% for the first time since the Second World War. But while disappointing in the short-term, I believe that the dividend cut will benefit Shell shares in the future. In fact, the cut will save it around $10bn a year and will help shore up the balance sheet. Shell shares are also still yielding nearly 4%, which is significantly more than many stocks on the FTSE 100 at the moment. Furthermore, the new dividend is more sustainable that its previous yield of over 10%.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Adapting to a new environment Management has seemed very aware of the changing environment for oil shares and looks as if it will be able to adapt. This has included investing in lower-carbon technology. I recently wrote about how I think the future is in renewable energy, and Shell has increased its exposure to renewables in the past few years. This has included a growing network of hydrogen stations, the use of biofuels, and investment into solar energy. I believe this will ensure the longevity of the company and benefit Shell shares in the future.Shell has also suspended its programme of buying back shares. This will help provide further liquidity to the firm during this time. But this should not take away from the fact that Shell has made a number of poor decisions recently. An example is spending $16bn in two years on buying-back shares at the price of £22. Net debt of over $70bn may also seem fairly unsustainable at this moment.Shell shares are extremely cheapDespite these mistakes, the current price is still ridiculously cheap. In fact, Shell shares have lost around 40% year-to-date. This has left them trading at a price-to-book ratio of 0.8 and a P/E ratio of 7.9. Both these figures indicate an extremely cheap valuation. The quality and leading market position of the firm also places the stock in a better position than others in the oil industry. This includes names such as Tullow Oil and Premier Oil which, while extremely cheap, seem at a much greater risk of collapse. The price of Shell shares has also been pushed considerably lower than BP, which has maintained a potentially unsustainable dividend. This means that I think Royal Dutch Shell offers the best opportunity for those who want to invest in the oil recovery. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Sharescenter_img Stuart Blair owns shares in Royal Dutch Shell. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. 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Why I think this FTSE stock market rally could go further than we think possible

first_img Enter Your Email Address Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Image source: Getty Images. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Kevin Godbold Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. As I’m writing, the FTSE 100 is tearing up. And it’s smashed through 6,500 again.Indeed, London’s lead index is just around 15% below its level before the coronavirus crash. And it’s not the only buoyant market in the world. We’re seeing similar strength in the USA, Germany, France, Japan, Australia and many other places.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…This FTSE stock market rally looks set to continueSome investors have been sitting on the sidelines scratching their heads. And I can understand that attitude. How can the stock markets be so lively when we face the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and damaged economies because of lockdowns? Indeed, reduced revenues and profits look certain for many companies, at least for a while.One big fear is the rally could be short-lived, and we may see another crash in the stock market. However, there’s a strong argument that a second crash may not happen. So, if you have been waiting for shares to drop back again before buying, you could be disappointed.The stock market is good at looking ahead. And right now, I reckon it’s trying to predict where businesses will be with their trading a few months in the future. It’s looking past where they are now. But is that the right thing to do? I reckon so.To begin with in this pandemic, I was worried that people may shun some of the things they did before. I wondered if fear of the virus might play a part in that, along with changing attitudes. Indeed, the lockdowns have encouraged us to reassess what’s important in our lives.Pent-up demandBut seeing the queues for McDonald’s drive-throughs, KFCs and other retail outlets that have already reopened has caused me to change my mind. I now believe people will return to all the things they’ve missed in lockdown as soon as they can. And, to me, that means many businesses could see their revenues recovering faster than many imagine.And that’s what I think this FTSE stock market rally is ‘telling’ us. Meanwhile, ex-Dragons’ Den personality and successful investor Richard Farleigh said something interesting in his book Taming the Lion.  He reckons that trending markets tend to move much further than we ever expect. So I think the current rally will run for a long time.One thing that could help shares keep rising is the low-interest-rate environment and all the financial stimulus governments are throwing at economies. And if we stay out of shares because we fear a second crash in the markets, we could miss out on some decent gains.My guess is that with all the experience gained in this pandemic, governments will control any potential second wave. So I’d say ‘right now’ is a good time to research and buy shares in strong, good-quality businesses. And there are plenty to choose between listed on the London stock exchange. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”center_img Kevin Godbold | Monday, 8th June, 2020 | More on: MCD Why I think this FTSE stock market rally could go further than we think possible Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Kevin Godbold has no position in any share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.last_img read more

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How should I invest £5k? The 5 shares I’d buy today

first_img Rupert Hargreaves owns shares in Unilever. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Halma and Unilever. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images Don’t miss our special stock presentation.It contains details of a UK-listed company our Motley Fool UK analysts are extremely enthusiastic about.They think it’s offering an incredible opportunity to grow your wealth over the long term – at its current price – regardless of what happens in the wider market.That’s why they’re referring to it as the FTSE’s ‘double agent’.Because they believe it’s working both with the market… And against it.To find out why we think you should add it to your portfolio today… Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. How should I invest £5k? The 5 shares I’d buy today Enter Your Email Address Click here to get access to our presentation, and learn how to get the name of this ‘double agent’!center_img There’s a ‘double agent’ hiding in the FTSE… we recommend you buy it! Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Rupert Hargreaves | Saturday, 14th November, 2020 How should I invest a lump sum of £5,000 in today’s market? That’s a question many investors might be asking right now. The outlook for the global economy is highly uncertain, and investing in this environment is not straightforward. However, I’m confident that by following the tried and tested investment strategy of buying high-quality, blue-chip stocks at attractive valuations, I can build a large financial nest egg over time. As such, today I’m going to highlight the five shares I would buy right now with a lump sum investment. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…How should I invest today? One company I would buy straight away is consumer goods giant Unilever. I would buy the stock to form the foundations of my portfolio due to its defensive nature, strong balance sheet, large profit margins and history of returning cash to investors. The group has seen an increase in the demand for its cleaning products this year, offsetting a decline in other areas. This has helped it weather the pandemic with relative ease. Another company I would consider buying is health and safety business Halma. This organisation has gone from strength to strength over the past decade. Using a combination of organic growth and acquisitions, the firm’s profits have grown steadily, and investors have seen large returns. I think this trend will continue. As Halma continues to grow, it can roll more profit back into deals to boost its bottom line. Further, the market for health and safety equipment is only likely to continue to expand in the long run. On the same theme, I would add distribution group Bunzl to my portfolio. This is another business that has a strong track record of growth through acquisitions and organic expansion. As distribution is a relatively low-margin business, the most prominent companies tend to achieve the best returns. As one of the largest distribution businesses in the country, this suggests Bunzl is well placed to continue its growth march in the decades ahead. Income investments If I were to ask the internet ‘how should I invest,’ I would see some articles about buying dividend stocks. That’s how I’d manage my portfolio. I’d own growth stocks alongside some dividend champions. In this case, I’d pick mining group BHP and Phoenix. I’m excited about the near-term prospects for BHP. As the world tries to rebuild after Covid-19, demand for raw materials will likely rise, which should push up prices. As the world’s largest mining group, BHP should see more enormous profits as a result. Meanwhile, Phoenix Group is seeing rising demand for its services from companies. Businesses pay the organisation to take on their pension funds. Phoenix can use its size and scale to push down costs and increase profit margins. It then returns extra cash to investors. The stock supports a dividend yield of around 6.5%, which, in my opinion, makes it a top income stock.  See all posts by Rupert Hargreaveslast_img read more

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2020 stock market recovery: how I’d invest in dirt-cheap UK shares to retire rich

first_img Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. A stock market recovery from the 2020 market crash is likely to take place, judging by the past performances of the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250. They’ve always bounced back from their declines to post fresh record highs.As such, buying a diverse range of dirt-cheap UK shares now could be a shrewd move. It may enable an investor to maximise their returns in a likely stock market rally. Doing so could improve their chances of building a nest egg from which they may retire earlier than previously planned.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Investing in dirt-cheap UK shares ahead of a stock market recoveryDespite showing signs of a stock market recovery in recent weeks, the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 continue to trade significantly down on their 2020 starting prices. As such, many shares are priced at low levels relative to their averages over the past few years.Buying stocks at a discount to their long-term average valuations has historically been a sound move. Stock prices have often reverted to their average levels over the long run. This could mean that today’s cheap shares have significant scope for upward reratings.Furthermore, today’s dirt-cheap UK shares may have prices that don’t factor in their long-term growth potential, in many cases. Investors may be expecting ongoing economic challenges that persist for many years. However, fiscal and monetary policy stimulus could lead to improving operating conditions for many businesses that prompts a stock market recovery.High-quality companies trading at low pricesThe prices of many altra-cheap UK shares don’t appear to factor in their potential to take part in a stock market recovery. In fact, many high-quality businesses currently trade at prices that don’t account for their competitive positions, financial situations, or their capacity to adapt to changing market growth opportunities.Therefore, a number of buying opportunities may exist for investors who are willing to take a long-term view of their portfolios. With many investors who are planning for retirement likely to have a long time horizon, they could have sufficient scope for today’s unpopular shares to gain momentum, as investors begin to price in their strong balance sheets and wide economic moats.Avoiding value trapsOf course, not all of those cheap UK shares will take part in a stock market recovery. Inevitably, some stocks will fold or struggle to regain lost sales in the current economic crisis. Therefore, avoiding value traps could be a key concern for all investors. This is where a cheap stock is priced at a low level because it’s a low-quality business. Such companies could act as a drag on a portfolio’s performance over the long run.By undertaking an analysis of cheap stocks to determine whether they offer good value for money, it’s possible to build a surprisingly large nest egg. This could improve an investor’s chances of retiring early. See all posts by Peter Stephens I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 2020 stock market recovery: how I’d invest in dirt-cheap UK shares to retire rich Peter Stephens | Thursday, 3rd December, 2020 Enter Your Email Addresslast_img read more

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Why I’m still avoiding these 3 popular FTSE 100 stocks

first_img1 Image source: Getty Images 2 2.7 Strong Sell Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Today What the brokers say 10 Why I’m still avoiding these 3 popular FTSE 100 stocks Neutral 1.6 1.2 1.6 G A Chester has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. 0 As you can see, the majority of brokers are extremely positive, and there’s only one dissenting voice on the negative side.It’s a similar story among Motley Fool writers. For example, my colleague Jonathan Smith titled an article last month: ‘If I could only invest in 1 FTSE 100 stock for 2021, this would be it’! The stock in question was Barratt Developments.There are some strong positives to the bull case. The current stamp duty holiday on homes worth under £500,000 is a short-term boon. More importantly, bulls point to a structural imbalance between supply and demand, and record low interest rates that are expected to persist for some time.I think it’s certainly possible a homes shortage and favourable lending conditions could underpin housebuilders’ sales and profits well into the future. And if so, BDEV, PSN and TW are likely to be rewarding FTSE 100 stocks to own. However…Valuation fundamentalsI turned from bullish to bearish on housebuilders in autumn 2017. This was on the basis that housebuilding is a highly cyclical boom-and-bust industry. And that builders’ operating margins and price-to-book (P/B) valuations had reached cyclically high levels — indeed, unprecedented highs.In last spring’s market crash, the P/Bs of the big FTSE 100 housebuilding stocks never got low enough for them to make my buy list. I look for a sub-1 P/B, and FTSE 250 stock McCarthy & Stone, on a rating of 0.5, was my pick of the sector.The table below shows the P/Bs of BDEV, PSN and TW last spring and today. BDEV Strong Buy Sell Enter Your Email Address I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. See all posts by G A Chester “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 1.1 G A Chester | Tuesday, 9th February, 2021 | More on: BDEV PSN TW Buy 44 The three FTSE 100 builders’ P/Bs are getting back towards their historical top-of-the-cycle levels. I don’t see sufficient upside for their shares from here — unless their P/Bs were to rise to new unprecedented highs.I concede this could happen. The asset-value-inflating distortions stimulated by years of low interest rates and money printing, plus what I think of as the crack-cocaine stimulus for housebuilders called Help to Buy, could encourage investors to push up the P/Bs of housebuilding stocks beyond the established historical range.However, my investing is driven by valuation fundamentals. Not by fear of missing out on what I reckon would be risky ephemeral gains from unsustainable government interventions in the free market. As such, BDEV, PSN and TW are FTSE 100 stocks I’m continuing to avoid. The UK’s volume housebuilders are popular FTSE 100 stocks at the moment. The majority of City brokers and my fellow Motley Fool writers are in agreement. Barratt Developments (LSE: BDEV), Persimmon (LSE: PSN) and Taylor Wimpey (LSE: TW) have considerable investment appeal.By contrast, I’ve been bearish on the three stocks for some time. Here, I’ll discuss why I’m still avoiding them. I’ll also look at the bull case. This could potentially see me missing out on some handsome returns.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Rewarding FTSE 100 stocks to own?The table below shows the aggregate view of City brokers on the housebuilders. I’ve collated it from the individual BDEV, PSN and TW pages on the financial data website ShareCast. 1.9 TW Number of brokers Last spring Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. PSN Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee.last_img read more

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Big data is king! Here’s why I’d consider investing in this US stock

first_img Randi Zuckerberg, a former director of market development and spokeswoman for Facebook and sister to its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. Kirsteen owns shares of BP. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Facebook. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of Palantir Technologies Inc. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Big data reigns supreme! Since the rise of big tech superpowers, think Alphabet (Google), Facebook and the other ‘FAANG’ stocks, data has become the key component in allowing businesses to scale. Here’s one US stock with a hold on big data that I’d consider investing in.Data is the businessPalantir Technologies (NYSE:PLTR) is a company that was, until recently, operating in the shadows. Busily working away, collecting and analysing data on a grand scale. Then, last year, it publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange and has since seen its share price rise. The $42bn company started its publicly traded life at around $9.20 per share. This rose above $35 in January but has since fallen back to around $23. Its recent results for 2020 showed full-year revenue growth of 47% year-on-year, with projected 30% growth for 2021.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…The company has not clearly stated when it can expect continual profitability, but it intends to continue investing in achieving further growth across the board. For example, it plans to spend over $1bn on cloud providers to help scale its software as a service (SAAS) offerings.In its Q4 earnings call last month, the Palantir executives were very optimistic on the roadmap ahead and clearly believe they’re at the beginning of a massive opportunity to grow and make money. Their revenue target for 2025 is $4bn, which is up considerably from the $1.1bn in 2020. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Enter Your Email Address US stock serving high-profile clientsThe company serves government agencies such as the CIA, US army, and many private corporations.Palantir’s SAAS offering is proving popular because of its speed, security and reliability. Security is crucial as hacking becomes an increasing concern. But this popularity also indicates a change in the way organisations can now collate and analyse their own data to better serve their customers and enhance profitability.BP saved $1bn in 2020 thanks to Palantir’s Foundry software, which powers BP’s digital twin applications to enhance its hydrocarbon-based workflows. The oil giant now plans to use this software to achieve its net zero aims, thus signing a five-year, nine-figure enterprise contract renewal. Meanwhile, Palantir’s partnership with IBM could prove a lucrative long-term agreement with the potential to strengthen software offerings for industry.Palantir investment risks to considerBut there are obvious risks associated with the stock, and some analysts are extremely bearish.It has around 125 customers, which isn’t very many considering it’s been around for 18 years. This makes some investors nervous that it’s not diversified enough and can’t possibly have much room to scale. It’s an expensive stock and priced for future progress.It’s also been caught up in the GameStop mania and therefore over-traded by short-term speculators and options traders. This led its CEO to criticise short-term traders, as this is a company with a long-term vision.I expect share price volatility to continue for some time. The tech sector is under pressure as investors worry about inflation. Nevertheless, I think Palantir has what it takes to still be here, far into the future. It’s established with a strong history of government contract wins. Last year its full-year government revenue rose 77%. Therefore, as it deepens its relationship as a major government contractor, I think it will become profitable. With a 10-year window in mind, I’d happily add Palantir to my Stocks and Shares ISA. Kirsteen Mackay | Tuesday, 23rd March, 2021 | More on: PLTR I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool.center_img For regular stock market investing ideas and help choosing the best shares to buy now, sign up to The Motley Fool today. Big data is king! Here’s why I’d consider investing in this US stock Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. 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2 high-dividend-yield stocks to buy now

first_img Image source: Getty Images I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge In the low-interest-rate world we’re experiencing, I want to try and make my investments work harder. One way I can do this is by targeting high-dividend-yield stocks. In this way, I can achieve an income payout that’s higher than I could get with my money sitting in cash. Obviously this carries a higher risk and I need to be aware of this. Being happy with the risk/reward balance, here are two stocks I’d take a look at.A cash cowPhoenix Group (LSE:PHNX) is a large UK-based insurance group. It services 14m customers and is well established in its market. One of the appealing features of this industry in general is the high level of cash generated. Paying this out enables Phoenix to be classified as a high-dividend-yield stock.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…At present, the yield sits at 6.47%. Reading through the 2020 report, it’s clear that the dividend policy is a key focus for the company. It shows how the dividend per share has grown in almost all of the past 10 years. Back in 2010, it stood at 32.2p a share. Now it’s at 47.5p. As long as the business is functioning well, I’m confident Phoenix will remain a high-dividend-yield stock. The outlook does seem robust, with the business growing operating profit in 2020 to almost £1.2bn versus £810m in 2019. One risk is that I don’t know how much of the company growth is organic. The company has grown in part through multiple acquisitions, most recently ReAssure during 2020. Taking on this book automatically generates revenue from existing clients. The risk to me going forward is that without further purchases, growth could stall.Another high-dividend-yield stockNext up is M&G (LSE:MNG). I wrote about the company back in February from an income perspective when the yield was almost 10%. It’s reduced now, as the share price has risen from around 190p to 237p. The higher share price has reduced the dividend yield to 7.67%.Even with this, it’s still a high-dividend-yield stock. It operates as a savings and investment firm, again an area that offers good levels of liquidity. After all, M&G collects fees and commissions from the assets held under management (AUM). As long as performance is good, assets should increase and fees will follow.I think the outlook for the company looks strong. AUM grew in 2020 to £367.2bn, up from £351.5bn the year before. However I do need to note that this rise is largely due to an acquisition during the year. Savings and asset management posted a net outflow of £6.6bn.I think this was largely due to the market crash, and was a blip. Given the fact that we haven’t had another market crash since March 2020, I’d imagine inflows should tick higher throughout this year. This sensitivity to the broader stock market can be seen as both an opportunity and a risk.Another risk I need to note is the fact that M&G is a relatively new independent company, being spun off from Prudential in 2019. Therefore it’s hard to put a fair value on what the stock is worth after only a limited trading history alone.Overall, both high-dividend-yield stocks offer me the ability to hopefully pick up some good income. Jonathan Smith | Tuesday, 25th May, 2021 | More on: MNG PHNX Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img 2 high-dividend-yield stocks to buy now Are you on the lookout for UK growth stocks?If so, get this FREE no-strings report now.While it’s available: you’ll discover what we think is a top growth stock for the decade ahead.And the performance of this company really is stunning.In 2019, it returned £150million to shareholders through buybacks and dividends.We believe its financial position is about as solid as anything we’ve seen.Since 2016, annual revenues increased 31%In March 2020, one of its senior directors LOADED UP on 25,000 shares – a position worth £90,259Operating cash flow is up 47%. (Even its operating margins are rising every year!)Quite simply, we believe it’s a fantastic Foolish growth pick.What’s more, it deserves your attention today.So please don’t wait another moment. jonathansmith1 has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Prudential.Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Jonathan Smithlast_img read more

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1 penny stock I’d buy instead of AMC Entertainment shares

first_img Manika Premsingh | Saturday, 5th June, 2021 | More on: CINE AMC Cinema group AMC Entertainment (NYSE: AMC) is undoubtedly the stock of the week. Its share price recently rose to unheard of heights. But it was on what appears to me more speculation than fundamental reasons. Cinemas are back in businessIt is true that cinemas are back in business. In the US, they opened in April and the month after in the UK, where AMC Entertainment owns the Odeon chain. It is also true that forecasts support their recovery. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…I have lost count of the number of times I have read the phrase ‘pent-up demand’ in relation to potential spending by consumers. And there is truth to this view, of course. Retail sales volumes were up a whole 9.2% month-on-month in April in the UK, for instance. It is also true that AMC Entertainment has taken a few steps that caught investor attention. It just launched AMC Connect, which provides special offers to its shareholders, including free popcorn and invites to special screenings. AMC also raised capital from Mudrick Capital, which invests in distressed companies. This could have potentially improved investor confidence in the stock.Twist in the AMC Entertainment taleHowever, there is a twist in this tale. According to a Bloomberg article, Mudrick Capital has already sold its stake in AMC Entertainment. Further, as its share price reached dizzying heights, the company itself made a statement that its valuations were unrelated to its fundamentals. I do not need much more insight to know that it is a stock I would like to steer clear of. I like the Cineworld share moreInstead, if I were really gung-ho on cinema stocks, I would buy Cineworld (LSE: CINE). I know it has its detractors, and for good reason too. The cinema chain’s debt is high, and its business has, of course, been hit badly. Also, there can be volatility along the way. Coronavirus is still creating uncertainty. It has even created some doubt on whether or not the UK will fully reopen on June 21. Cineworld’s share price is down from its March highs by around 20%, to 95p, making it a penny stock today. But it has also seen a better than expected reopening in the UK with Peter Rabbit 2. And its share price is still pretty low compared to its pre-pandemic levels. I reckon that it is only a matter of time before it rises now. Moreover, I would not just consider its recent share price fall in assessing the stock but also take a look at its performance over a longer period. This shows a better picture. It is slightly up from the same time last year and more than four times up from the lows seen during the market crash last year. My takeawayTo put it briefly, my point is this. Cineworld may have its ups and downs, but that is to be expected when I invest in a stock with a medium-to-long-term time frame in mind. Instead, buying the AMC Entertainment share today feels to me like a gamble, which should not be confused with investing.   Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Manika Premsingh has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Getty Images. Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Manika Premsingh 1 penny stock I’d buy instead of AMC Entertainment shares Adventurous investors like you won’t want to miss out on what could be a truly astonishing opportunity…You see, over the past three years, this AIM-listed company has been quietly powering ahead… rewarding its shareholders with generous share price growth thanks to a carefully orchestrated ‘buy and build’ strategy.And with a first-class management team at the helm, a proven, well-executed business model, plus market-leading positions in high-margin, niche products… our analysts believe there’s still plenty more potential growth in the pipeline.Here’s your chance to discover exactly what has got our Motley Fool UK investment team all hot-under-the-collar about this tiny £350+ million enterprise… inside a specially prepared free investment report.But here’s the really exciting part… right now, we believe many UK investors have quite simply never heard of this company before! 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Byron Kelleher – Toulouse and New Zealand

first_imgLuke McAlisterCarl Hayman Byron Kelleher‘The Bison’ has clocked more time and experience than most players, yet still plays with the same vigour and enthusiasm as he did when he first stepped onto the pitch in a Waikato shirt. The green fingered, scrum half/eco warrior took some time out to chat about pitch antics, best friends and a Desperate Housewife he’s enamoured with.RUGBY WORLD: Who are the jokers in the Toulouse squad?BYRON KELLEHER: Jean-Baptiste Elissalde is pretty crafty, especially with the younger guys. He once put a dead fish in someone’s locker. It went off in there and it stunk the place out!RW: What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on the pitch?BK: Once, in the middle of the game, a guy had his undies ripped off. It was a big final so we were trying to be really serious and carried on playing. At the next ruck everything was on show – it’s not great having to put your head next to someone’s bits and pieces!RW: If your house was on fire, what three things would you save?BK: My All Blacks rugby jersey. And any other memorabilia from my rugby life. It all means a lot to me.RW: What are your nicknames?BK: I’m Wazza to the All Blacks because when I was young and just getting into the squad Josh Kronfeld thought my name was Warren. I didn’t say anything because he was an All Black and could call me whatever he wanted! So that turned into Wazza. And at Toulouse they call me The Bison.RW: Do you have any phobias?BK: I’m terrified of heights.Eva Longoria – Byron’s ideal womanRW: And bugbears?BK: Rude people irritate me. Manners cost nothing.RW: If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?BK: I’d like to be able to see into the future so hopefully I could create good things.RW: Who’d you like to be stuck in a lift with?BK: Eva Longoria.Stupid purchases, Keepsakes and Life after rugby… RW: What’s your idea of a dream holiday?BK: Palm trees, white sand, turquoise sea and hot weather. Anywhere tropical is perfect for me.RW: What couldn’t you live without? BK: My best friends. I’ve got a mate I’ve known for 20 years who I met through an ex-girlfriend. It’s great to spend time with the boys in the squad but you need to get away.RW: What’s the silliest thing you’ve bought?BK: Golf clubs because I never use them! Lots of the boys play golf but for me they were a complete waste of money.RW: What’s your dream car?BK: Aston Martin DB9, like James Bond! In the South of France with the roof down. Awesome.RW: Who would be your three dream dinner party guests?BK: Muhammad Ali because he’s my icon. Eva Longoria because she’s beautiful. And Barack Obama. I’d like to ask him about the environment, and find out his perspective on how he’s going to get the world out of this mess!RW: Any bad habits?BK: Nothing that can be printed I’m afraid!RW: Do you collect anything unusual?BK: I love travelling around different countries, and I always buy something for my house from every country I’ve been to, whether it’s a painting, a sculpture, or anything really just to remember the country by. At home in New Zealand I have a lovely big house in the middle of a fruit orchard.RW: What would you like to achieve outside of rugby?BK: Just to be happy and achieve my dreams. I’m involved in some environmental projects, and helped make a documentary called Home which was shown all round the world. As a rugby player from New Zealand I wanted the chance to give something back, and I want to make people realise that we’ve only got one world so we should look after it.RW: Who is your ideal woman?BK: Eva Longoria – are you starting to see a theme here?!RW: How would you like to be remembered?BK: As a bubbly person and someone easy to get on with.Check out his profile for New Zealand Learn more about Byron’s teammates at New Zealand…center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

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