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With a 778% profit rise, this is FTSE 100’s biggest gainer today. Would I buy it?

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This FTSE 100 stock is up 8% after reporting a stellar increase in profits. Its prospects look bright too. But what are the risks to the stock? The post With a 778% profit rise, this is FTSE 100’s biggest gainer today. Would I buy it? appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.


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  15. Which companies had the biggest bounce when covid first hit? (19/07/2021 - Reddit Stocks)
    I'm currently very bearish regarding housing, moratories, covid and winter all hitting at the same time. I've been trying to figure out which specific companies had the biggest percent drop and biggest percent recovery once the world first went into lockdown. My reasoning is simply to have a watchlist ready to try and make a move if a crash happens, and be ready to profit from the recovery. Could you guys give your thoughts on the companies who had the biggest V last year?   submitted by   /u/NineHDmg [link]   [comments]
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  16. FTSE 100 review: Ashtead shares rally on results but mining companies struggle (16/09/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    The FTSE 100 has seen little movement today, with a daily high of 7,058 points and a low of 7,016. Overall, the index finished in the green, up around 0.2%. Within the index, there were some notable gainers, particularly Ashtead Group. On the low side, mining companies, including Anglo American and Rio Tinto took a hit. FTSE 100 strong performers The top gainer in the FTSE 100 today was Ashtead Group. The company released unaudited results for the first quarter that finished at the end of July. Strong growth was seen across multiple areas. Revenue was up 21% versus Q1 last year, filtering down to a 74% increase in profit before tax. The difference in increase in revenue versus profit was thanks to a large rise in the operating profit margin, showing good control of expenses. The share price rallied almost 6%, showing also that the outlook going forward is positive as well. Investors clearly feel that the momentum in the company is strong, which is no surprise given that the update mentions the “board now expects full-year results ahead of its earlier expectations”. Risk sentiment was also positive for the broader market, with volatile stocks posting good gains. For example, IAG was up almost 4%, as was Rolls-Royce. These shares gained from a positive update from Ryanair, in which it said it is now expecting to fly more passengers in coming years than previously expected. Both IAG and Rolls-Royce should indirectly benefit from this, as it highlights that the airline sector could be looking to rebound. Also, when the broader FTSE 100 market is in the green, it usually correlates with better optimism around Covid-19. Since the airline sector is closely linked to the impact of Covid-19 going forward, the correlation can be seen. Fears around China Although the FTSE 100 did finish in the green, there were some notable losers on the day. The main ones that stood out were mining companies. Anglo American and Rio Tinto were the two worst performers on the day, losing 3%-4%. The main driver behind these losses was concern about a slowdown in China. Retail sales data slowed considerably in August, fuelling speculation that the Chinese economy is losing momentum. China is a huge consumer of commodities. It has been noted that the country consumes around 50% of the world supply of major base metals alone. This also doesn’t factor in the large need for oil, gold, and other commodities. As such, any data or sentiment of a slowdown in China correlates to mining companies struggling. Nothing material has been noted yet, but the market is clearly concerned about the potential for falling revenue, hence the falling share prices those within the sector today. Overall, the FTSE 100 had a quiet day, but still had notable performers worthy of discussion. The post FTSE 100 review: Ashtead shares rally on results but mining companies struggle appeared first on The Motley Fool UK. FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge 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 £90,259 Operating 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. Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free. More reading 1 FTSE 100 stock to buy with £1,000 Here’s why this FTSE 100 pick is one of the best shares to buy now! Is it too early for Christmas shopping? How I’d invest £750 into 3 cheap stocks today This FTSE 100 stock reported great Q1 results today! Should I buy shares? jonathansmith1 and The Motley Fool UK have 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.
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  17. BP reports a huge profit rise of 244%! Would I buy it now? (27/04/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    The stock markets had a muted start this morning, but FTSE 100 oil biggie BP (LSE: BP) had a cracking beginning. It was the biggest index gainer as markets opened due to its strong first quarter results.  BP’s big wins this quarter I see two big wins in its results: #1. BP’s profits rise: Headline profits were at $4.7bn, which is of course a huge improvement from the losses seen during the same quarter last year.  But even sequentially, it is a big improvement as oil price increases benefited BP’s bottomline. Profits are up 244% from the last quarter. Besides oil prices, it also attributes the profit rise to “exceptional gas marketing and trading performance” and improved refining margins. This is a big bounce back for BP after it reported losses in 2020. Also noteworthy is the fact that profits have beaten analyst estimates. Analysts had estimated its replacement cost profits, which measures profits net of inventory holding gains, at $1.4bn. But the actuals are almost double the number at $2.6bn.  #2. Net debt reduced: Its net debt is down by 35% from a year ago. At $33bn, it is also reduced by 14% from the quarter before. It has overachieved on its targets of $35bn.  As I said yesterday in the context of the FTSE 100 precious metals’ miner, Polymetal International, repayment of debt in good times reflects the priorities of a company. At a time when the world economy is still in an uncertain place, streamlining financial health is a prudent move in my opinion.  Positives for the BP share price These blockbuster results add to the three positives I already see for BP: #1. Dividends: BP has a healthy dividend yield of 5.1%. There are other FTSE 100 stocks with higher yields, including tobacco biggies and utilities. However, I like BP because it has a long history of paying dividends. With improved performance, at least in the foreseeable future, I would expect its dividends to either improve or stay constant as well. Of course, dividends are never guaranteed. #2. Hedging inflation: Inflation can increase companies’ costs and erode their earnings. However, in BP’s case, it actually profits from an oil price rise. In other words, it can see cost increases too, but at least it is protected because its end products’ prices are rising too. #3. Demand boom: As the global economy opens up, demand is expected to boom and that includes oil demand. After over a year of lockdown, barring any unforeseen situations, travel should be back with a bang. And that means oil biggies like BP and Royal Dutch Shell will continue to make gains.  My concerns My big reservation about BP also holds for stock markets as a whole. We really should not forget that the pandemic is still raging and variants can still wreak havoc. Travel is the first sector to be hit by it. The BP share price is still way below its pre-crisis levels and can fall more, if that happens.  But I see the possibility of a boom as bigger than that of doom. I would buy BP.  5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 Markets around the world are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic… And with so many great companies trading at what look to be ‘discount-bin’ prices, now could be the time for savvy investors to snap up some potential bargains. But whether you’re a newbie investor or a seasoned pro, deciding which stocks to add to your shopping list can be daunting prospect during such unprecedented times. Fortunately, The Motley Fool is here to help: our UK Chief Investment Officer and his analyst team have short-listed five companies that they believe STILL boast significant long-term growth prospects despite the global lock-down… You see, here at The Motley Fool we don’t believe “over-trading” is the right path to financial freedom in retirement; instead, we advocate buying and holding (for AT LEAST three to five years) 15 or more quality companies, with shareholder-focused management teams at the helm. That’s why we’re sharing the names of all five of these companies in a special investing report that you can download today for FREE. If you’re 50 or over, we believe these stocks could be a great fit for any well-diversified portfolio, and that you can consider building a position in all five right away. Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now! More reading BP shares are now my top FTSE 100 pick for May The BP share price just passed 300p! Here’s why The BP share price is under £3. I’d buy today Could the BP share price hit 500p again? Is the BP share price set for a sustained climb in 2021? Manika Premsingh owns shares of BP, Polymetal International, and Royal Dutch Shell B. 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. The post BP reports a huge profit rise of 244%! Would I buy it now? appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.
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  18. How I’d invest £1,500 in UK shares now (16/09/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    If I had money to put to work in the market right now, I wouldn’t be able to resist asking myself whether the timing was right. What if there’s a market crash around the corner that would lead to better bargains among UK shares? But it’s hard — if not impossible — for a private investor like me to time the market. Instead of holding back in fear, I’d do what I always do in any market – look for good value. Here are two shares I’d consider buying today. If I had £1,500 to invest in my portfolio, I’d split it evenly between them. UK income choice: Imperial Brands There’s no doubt that tobacco faces risks ahead. Declining cigarette consumption in many markets threatens future revenues and profits, as do regulatory threats. That may make it seem strange that while rivals such as British American Tobacco forge ahead growing their non-combustible business, rival Imperial Brands (LSE: IMB) this year adopted a different strategy. Imperial is also selling non-combustibles, although it has scaled back its ambitions in that area. It’s focused on trying to make the most of cigarette demand while it lasts, by improving its marketing and sales efforts in key markets. That risks being an overly short-term approach – what happens if overall cigarette volumes continue to decline? A growing share of a declining market will ultimately reach growth limits. But against that, I think the strategy demonstrates a couple of points about Imperial’s direction of travel. First, the strategy helps buy the company time as the tobacco market evolves. As it hopefully milks its cigarette cash cow while it can, it can also use the funds to help reshape its longer-term vision. Second, it shows a mature approach to tackling the company’s challenges. Previous management raised the dividend steeply even while sales struggled. Today, Imperial looks more prudently run and is tackling the future head on. Meanwhile, it offers a 9% yield. I’d happily buy more of the shares for my portfolio today. UK shares for growth I’d allocate my other £750 to a growth choice. Specifically I’d plump for sports retailer JD Sports Fashion (LSE: JD) after its stunning results this week. Over the past few years, the company has grown revenues and profits in most years – and the share price has risen to boot. The JD Sports share price is 33% higher now than it was a year ago. But I think the best may still be to come from this company. JD Sports bounce-back As this week’s results demonstrated, JD’s strategy of international expansion is delivering strong business momentum. The biggest first half of sales it has ever recorded was fuelled by federal stimulus in the US. That helped results across JD brands such as Shoe Palace. But more than any one market’s contribution, what attracts me to these UK shares is how well JD has bounced back from last year’s trading challenges. Revenue of £3.9bn and pre-tax profit of £365m demonstrate the strength of the business and its continued growth. One risk is that the international expansion could dilute management focus. If that happens it could be bad for the company’s profits. The post How I’d invest £1,500 in UK shares now appeared first on The Motley Fool UK. One FTSE “Snowball Stock” With Runaway Revenues Looking for new share ideas? Grab this FREE report now. Inside, you discover one FTSE company with a runaway snowball of profits. From 2015-2019… Revenues increased 38.6%. Its net income went up 19.7 times! Since 2012, revenues from regular users have almost DOUBLED The opportunity here really is astounding. In fact, one of its own board members recently snapped up 25,000 shares using their own money… So why sit on the side lines a minute longer? You could have the full details on this company right now. Grab your free report – while it’s online. More reading The UK growth share I’d consider buying even at an all-time high With a 778% profit rise, this is FTSE 100’s biggest gainer today. Would I buy it? JD Sports profits soar on record H1 results 2 solid shares I’d buy in the next stock market crash 9%+ dividend yields! Should I buy these ‘cheap’ FTSE 100 stocks? Christopher Ruane owns shares in British American Tobacco and Imperial Brands. The Motley Fool UK has recommended British American Tobacco and Imperial Brands. 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.
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  19. Seven of top-10 most valued firms add over Rs 1.15 lakh cr to m-cap; RIL lead gainer (06/06/2021 - Financial Express)
    Reliance Industries, HDFC Bank, Hindustan Unilever, HDFC, State Bank of India, Bajaj Finance and Kotak Mahindra Bank witnessed rise in their valuation.
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  20. London Markets: Auto Trader and BT rise as FTSE 100 edges higher (10/06/2021 - Market Watch)
    Auto Trader rose 7% as the U.K. car listing publisher said it will soon resume stock buybacks and that current year profit margins should be in line with pre-pandemic levels.
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  21. 1 FTSE 100 stock that is a screaming buy for me now (26/04/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    Capital gains is my primary goal when buying FTSE 100 or any other stocks. One way I can best attain this is by finding undervalued stocks. These are stocks that are still cheap compared to their perfomance as well as prospects. This is an encouraging sign that they will rise in the future.  One such stock for me is Polymetal International (LSE: POLY).  Robust gold production I was already bullish on the Russian precious metals’ miner. After it released its production update last week, I am even more so. Consider these developments. Polymetal International’s gold production has increased by 4% for the first quarter of 2021. Its silver production is down by 7%, but the rise in gold production more than makes up for it in revenue terms. Revenues increased by 20% compared to the same time last year, as 85%+ of Polymetal International’s revenues come from gold.  A largely positive update is even more encouraging considering weak production for other FTSE 100 miners like BHP and Rio Tinto recently. Both saw a dip in iron ore production, which is the biggest source of revenue for them. The only exception was Anglo American, which reported increases across segments like platinum, copper, and iron ore.  Because Polymetal International is a precious metals miner, the comparison is not direct. Still, as a top-down investor, I like to consider miners as one segment. Debt reduction  Polymetal International’s net debt has also reduced by 2%. At a time when other FTSE 100 companies have seen an increase in their debt burden, this is a positive development.  To be fair, the company has been a gainer from last year’s stock market crash and the subsequent rise in gold prices. Still, I think it is also important to consider a stock counter-factually.  When a company is ahead, does it raise more funding, including debt, or does it pay earlier debt off? Considering the still uncertain global environment, Polymetal International has done the prudent thing, in my view.  Historical performance for the FTSE 100 stock But all this is only as far as the latest update goes. The company was doing well even earlier. This gold miner has been increasing both revenues and profits for the past few years.  Moreover, it also has a pretty healthy current dividend yield of 5.7%.  Why I’d buy Polymetal International now Despite this, Polymetal International is trading at a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of sub-10%. My point here is, that this is too good a stock to be priced so low. BHP, for example, has a P/E of over 20 times and Rio Tinto is over 15 times.  If I am cautious about it, it is due to inflation. It has mentioned cost escalation because of Covid-19 construction cost increases in its update.  But I think rising inflation as such can impact it as a precious metals miner. In this case, industrial metals’ miners have an advantage.  Still, I think going by its past performance and the fact that inflation may not run away in the foreseeable future, the prospects for Polymetal International make it a screaming buy for me.  FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge 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 £90,259 Operating 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. Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free. More reading I think this unloved FTSE 100 company is one of the best stocks to buy today Manika Premsingh owns shares of Polymetal International. 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. The post 1 FTSE 100 stock that is a screaming buy for me now appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.
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  22. Why is the FTSE 100 rising? (12/05/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    In mid-April 2021, the FTSE 100 breached the 7,000-point mark for the first time since before the pandemic. Most recently, on Friday 7 May, the index surged to a 15-month high of over 7,100 points. But what exactly is behind the FTSE 100’s recent surge? We have the answers. [top_pitch] What has happened to the FTSE 100 in the last 12 months? Stock markets around the world went into steep decline in the first part of 2020. The FTSE 100 tracks the performance of the 100 biggest companies listed on the London Stock Exchange. It started the year at 7,542 points. The index plunged to below 5,000 points in mid-March as the scale of the Coronavirus pandemic became clear and fears about its impact on the global economy grew. The FTSE 100 made a recovery alongside the economy later in the year after the intervention of the government and the Bank of England. However, the FTSE 100 still managed to clock its worst year on record since the 2008 financial crisis. The FTSE’s total losses in 2020 came to 14.3%. This made it the worst performer among the world’s largest stock indexes. In 2021, though, things are looking up. The index has been rising steadily in the last couple of months. What is causing the FTSE 100 to rise? Various factors have contributed to the FTSE 100’s rise to more than 7,100 points. The biggest factor appears to be greater optimism about the UK’s economic recovery. Over the last few weeks, several financial institutions and economists have expressed that the UK economy is set for its biggest boom since the post-war period. This is on the back of a hugely successful rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine and the anticipated reopening of the country. Indeed, growing optimism about the recovery of the UK economy has prompted British businesses to increase hiring and offer higher pay to new employees, according to Reuters. The impact of a positive economic outlook is an increase in investor confidence. This, in turn, is driving the FTSE 100 higher. As investors become more confident about the prospects of the economy, they are increasingly willing to put their money into riskier assets like stocks and shares. This includes the stocks and shares of FTSE 100 companies, which investors expect to profit from in 2021 as pent-up demand is unleashed into the market once the country reopens fully. [middle_pitch] How high could the FTSE 100 go? That is the big question. The FTSE 100’s all-time high is 7,903.50. It achieved this feat in 2018. We have already seen other stock indexes from around the world, including the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite, recover their pandemic losses to reach new highs in the last few weeks. Could the FTSE also hit a new all-time high in 2021? We’ll have to wait and see on that one. The UK’s economy is not expected to recover to pre-pandemic levels until at least the second quarter of 2022. But if the current recovery trend is sustained, and if there are no major setbacks in regards to the fight against the pandemic, there is no reason why the FTSE 100 should not continue to rise. This is certainly good news for investors. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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! More reading 5 investing mistakes to avoid FTSE 100 stocks I’d buy as the UK economy powers ahead The Glencore share price is up 10% already this week. What’s going on? The FTSE 100’s Spirax-Sarco share price soars as it expects to beat guidance! Should I buy Airbnb shares now? The post Why is the FTSE 100 rising? appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.
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  23. Would I buy these rising FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 penny stocks today? (12/04/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    The FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 indexes, which includes some of the biggest British and international companies, do not have too many penny stocks. Penny stocks are those with a share price of less than £1. But there are some.  Until recently there were three in the FTSE 100 index alone, but Rolls-Royce breached that level in February. And energy provider Centrica (LSE: CNA) rolled out of the FTSE 100 index to become part of the FTSE 250 in mid-2020.  Which leaves Lloyds Bank as the only penny stock among the FTSE 100 constituents.  Here I explore both Centrica and Lloyds Bank in greater detail.  Why penny stocks are attractive In principle, they are attractive because I can own a piece of these large companies at dirt-cheap prices. However, I am interested in knowing if the share price can continue to rise fast before deciding whether they meet the cut as an investment in my portfolio. If they cannot, I am better off investing in far fewer shares of a fast growing FTSE 100 stock than many more in penny stocks that are going nowhere.  And that is the key question I am looking to answer – can their share price continue to grow? If not, then they are best avoided.  Centrica makes big gains First, let us look at Centrica. The FTSE 250 energy provider’s share price has almost doubled in the past year. In today’s trading alone, its share price is up 2.6% as I write, making it one of the biggest index gainers today.  Centrica’s recent full-year results are far from the worst we have seen this year. Its operating profits are down by 31% in 2020 from the year before. But it still earned a decent £447m in absolute numbers. Its net debt too, is down by 13%, which is a notable figure at a time when many companies have racked up huge debts.  The company is in the process of restructuring, however, which will take its time to complete. It is also uncertain about the next year, and refrains from guidance.  While there is merit to the stock, I am just not sure if there is much more steam left in it for now. It is on my radar, but I am not buying it now.  Better times ahead for the Lloyds Bank share price Lloyds Bank has not seen the kind of share price increase that Centrica has. But it too has had good going so far in 2021. As I write, the Lloyds Bank share price is up 1.6% in today’s trading.  The bank’s business is closely linked to the economy, which is widely expected to come back with a bang this year. Its dividend can rise further too. But there are risks too, which among other things, include a share price that has run-up a fair bit already.  I am more positive on Lloyds Bank than Centrica with respect to share price rise potential, but I am watching both for now, not buying them.  The high-calibre small-cap stock flying under the City’s radar 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! Click here to claim your copy of this special investment report — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top Small-Cap Stock… free of charge! More reading The Centrica share price is up 20% this year. Should I buy more? 1 penny stock buy I’d pick for my Stocks and Shares ISA Are these the best FTSE 250 shares to buy before the ISA deadline? Manika Premsingh has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Lloyds Banking 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. The post Would I buy these rising FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 penny stocks today? appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.
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  24. 2 FTSE 100 shares I’d buy today for passive income (08/02/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    Creating a passive income stream essentially means making money without having to do any work — or at least not having to do additional work after it’s set up. By investing in FTSE 100 shares with solid dividend yields, I can generate passive income without having to do much other than hold the investment. That said, I would always consider the long-term growth prospects of the share, as well as the yield. I think there’s little point in generating those yields if the value of the investment goes down. With that considered, here are two Footsie shares I’d buy today. I see them both as stable and able to generate impressive dividends. Legal & General As a growth investor, I look to buy companies with strong and stable track records. I also like to see a business model with steady demand. FTSE 100 insurer Legal & General Group (LSE:LGEN) ticks a lot of boxes for me. The LGEN share price has recovered well since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, it still trades 17% down compared with last February. Regardless of previous performance in the market, I’m really encouraged by the insurance firm’s profit guidance. Legal & General says its operating profit for 2020 is expected to be the same as 2019. While it’s not growth, given the year that it was, I don’t see it as a bad result. What is more worrying is the company’s dividend news. Legal & General announced late last year that the dividend would remain flat and not increase as had been previously expected. However, the current dividend still provides a yield of just under 7% — a very attractive prospect. As part of the same update in November, Legal & General also detailed a five-year plan to return to dividend growth from 2021. This supports my assessment that the insurance giant is a stable, well-managed outfit. Vodafone Another popular income stock I’d consider adding to my portfolio or Stocks and Shares ISA is telecommunications provider Vodafone Group (LSE:VOD). It’s another FTSE 100 share that has recovered during the most recent stock market rally, with its share price rising more than 26% in the last three months. That said, in the last 12 months it has lost around 8% of its value. Vodafone has a price-to-earnings ratio (P/E) of 27, which a lot of investors may consider to be too expensive. However, with a dividend yield of almost 6% the company continues to provide one of the best payouts to investors in the Footsie. But how has business been for Vodafone? In a trading update last week, the company announced it had returned to service growth after strong performance in its biggest market, Germany.  Organic service revenue rose to €9.36bn (£8.3bn) in the three months to the end of December. This 0.4% rise mirrored a 0.4% drop in the previous quarter. There were declines in some other markets, particularly in Italy, where operating profit fell 7.8% for the quarter. But I see enough value in Vodafone’s dividend, in addition to a return to growth in its biggest market, to see it as a solid income stock. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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! More reading 2 FTSE 100 UK shares I’d buy for 2021 Cheap UK shares with high dividend yields: 2 FTSE 100 stocks I’d buy today Stock market rally: 2 UK dividend shares I’d buy now to make a passive income As Vodafone returns to underlying growth, is the 6% dividend yield safer? Can I trust the Vodafone share price to produce a passive income? conorcoyle 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. The post 2 FTSE 100 shares I’d buy today for passive income appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.
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  25. NCC reports 54% rise in Q4 consolidated net profit (29/05/2021 - Money Works 4 Me)
    The company has reported a standalone net profit of Rs 115.49 crore for the quarter ended March 31, 2021
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  26. HDFC reports 40% rise in Q1 consolidated net profit (02/08/2021 - Money Works 4 Me)
    On standalone basis, the company has reported fall of 1.67% in its net profit at Rs 3,000.67 crore for Q1FY22
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  27. Why is the FTSE 100 down today? (08/07/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    The FTSE 100 is down today. As I write this, the index is down 1.34% or about 100 points. Today’s fall adds to what has already been a volatile week for the FTSE 100. Here’s what I think has rattled stock markets and what it means going forward. FTSE 100 falling When I see the FTSE 100 is down, I check what other indexes are doing. Today, across Asia and Europe, from Japan’s Nikkei 225 to the German Dax 30, there is a sea of red. All the major indexes are down today, not just the FTSE 100. So, whatever has knocked the FTSE 100, it is probably not specific to the UK. The US S&P 500 closed in the green yesterday. That suggests that something happened after the US market closed, and that has spread across the globe with the sun and will drag the S&P 500 down when it opens later today. The biggest FTSE 100 fallers include Anglo American, Glencore, and Persimmon at the time of writing. That’s two miners and one housebuilder. These are cyclical stocks that respond to changes in the economy. They are also more likely to be called value stocks rather than growth ones. Indeed, if I look at the FTSE Techmark 100 — a growth-orientated index — I can see that it has fallen by 0.8% today, which is quite a bit less than the value-orientated FTSE 100. Interest rates and stock prices So, the FTSE 100 is falling along with other major indexes. But, the slump appears to be affecting cyclical and value stocks the most. The prices of growth stocks are faring better. That suggests to me that it is not fears of rising rates that have knocked the FTSE 100 today. Theoretically, a stock price should equal the value of its future cash flows discounted back to today with an appropriate discount rate. A higher interest rate pushes the discount rate higher. The effect is a lower theoretical stock price. But the impact on growth stocks is more pronounced because their cash flows occur later and are thus discounted more heavily. The opposite is true for value stocks. Think long term The US Federal Reserve released the minutes of its June meeting yesterday. Bond yields fell and their prices increased as investors rushed to buy them, and the US dollar firmed. This is a flight to safety response. Although the Fed did bring forward its projected first US rate rise to 2023, there was squabbling over the state of the US economy and if it is strong enough to stop the quantitative easing programme. What happened in the US yesterday seems to have spread across the world. Investors seem to be looking at the rise of viral variants and the potential for third waves of infection, slowing or even toppling economic growth. They are fleeing stocks (particularly ones sensitive to the economy) and seeking safer harbours. We have seen fears of a booming economy, inflation, and interest rate rises during this recovery already. Today’s concerns are for a slowing economy. But, tomorrow, I would not be surprised if the FTSE 100 rose instead of falling. The best thing I can do is focus on the long term and ignore the day to day noise. So I won’t be buying or selling anything just on the back of today’s price action. The post Why is the FTSE 100 down today? appeared first on The Motley Fool UK. Is this little-known company the next ‘Monster’ IPO? Right now, this ‘screaming BUY’ stock is trading at a steep discount from its IPO price, but it looks like the sky is the limit in the years ahead. Because this North American company is the clear leader in its field which is estimated to be worth US$261 BILLION by 2025. The Motley Fool UK analyst team has just published a comprehensive report that shows you exactly why we believe it has so much upside potential. But I warn you, you’ll need to act quickly, given how fast this ‘Monster IPO’ is already moving. Click here to see how you can get a copy of this report for yourself today More reading An absurdly cheap FTSE 250 stock I’d buy now How I’d invest in UK dividend stocks to aim for £100 a month in passive income The FTSE 100 has crashed 150 points today! Here’s why Here’s why I bought Tesco shares After the GSK share price leaps 21% in 4 months, I’m thinking about selling James J. McCombie owns shares in Anglo American. 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.
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  28. A ridiculously cheap FTSE 250 stock to buy now (14/09/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    It is no secret that travel stocks have been some of the worst affected by the coronavirus. As we figuratively hunkered down while the pandemic raged, public transport services in particular came to a grinding halt. Among many others, this impacted the FTSE 250 stock Trainline (LSE: TRN), which sells rail and coach travel tickets online. But it seems that the worst may just be behind it now.  Coming back to life In its trading update released today, the company’s revenues increased 151% for the six months from March to August compared to the same time last year. Its ticket sales also increased 179% over this time. This was to be expected. There was virtually no travel during much of this time in 2020. By comparison, we had found our freedom by July this year.  The real good news to me is that it is getting back on track even compared to two years ago. Its latest ticket sales are at 54% of 2019 levels. Note that the progress has been made despite some restrictions still being around for much of these six months.  Further, for the second quarter, which is the June-August period, the number is an even more encouraging 71%. Significantly, the UK consumer segment, which accounts for the bulk of its revenues, has returned to 95% of ticket sales two years ago. In other words, it is back to normal for the segment.  Based on these developments, the company now expects to be profitable this year in terms of earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortisation, more commonly known as simply EBITDA.  Risks to the FTSE 250 stock It is not all blue skies ahead for the stock, though. There was news of a potential firebreak lockdown last week, though I have not seen any updates on that since. In any case, rising cases and particularly rising hospitalisations, despite huge progress on vaccinations, could reduce some travel demand as people prefer to take precautions.  There is also speculation that commuter numbers may never go back to pre-pandemic days, now that the joys of working from home have been discovered. And significantly, the government plans to establish a state-owned railway organisation, which among other things will have its own online platform. The news impacted the Trainline stock initially, because there is no way of knowing what happens the impact to it will be when the government’s version comes into being.  Would I buy the Trainline stock? Nevertheless, I reckon that is some way off. And also, more and more companies are calling their employees back to the office. That leaves us with the risk of another pandemic surge. This should hopefully be easier to control as under-18s start getting vaccinated and booster shots become available too.   In the meantime, Trainline’s share price is still 33% lower than its pre-pandemic highs. This is not something I can say for too many other stocks now. I think there is a case for buying the stock, while it is still down. The post A ridiculously cheap FTSE 250 stock to buy now appeared first on The Motley Fool UK. One FTSE “Snowball Stock” With Runaway Revenues Looking for new share ideas? Grab this FREE report now. Inside, you discover one FTSE company with a runaway snowball of profits. From 2015-2019… Revenues increased 38.6%. Its net income went up 19.7 times! Since 2012, revenues from regular users have almost DOUBLED The opportunity here really is astounding. In fact, one of its own board members recently snapped up 25,000 shares using their own money… So why sit on the side lines a minute longer? You could have the full details on this company right now. Grab your free report – while it’s online. More reading How to apply for your National Insurance number With a 778% profit rise, this is FTSE 100’s biggest gainer today. Would I buy it? The Tesco share price: is a buyout on the cards? Should I buy Cineworld shares (LON:CINE) before it’s too late? Here’s how I identify my best stocks to buy now & 1 pick I like! 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.
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  29. Earnings Results: Frontier Air swings to a GAAP profit, but sees fewer bookings amid COVID spike (05/08/2021 - Market Watch)
    Frontier Group Holdings Inc. shares rise more than 5% late Wednesday after the parent company of ultra low-cost air carrier Frontier Airlines reported its first GAAP quarterly profit as a public company and said demand for leisure travel continued to rise.
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  30. Cadila Healthcare reports 73% rise in Q4 consolidated net profit (29/05/2021 - Money Works 4 Me)
    The company has reported a standalone net profit of Rs 464.70 crore for the quarter ended March 31, 2021
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  31. Tech Mahindra reports 35% rise in Q4 consolidated net profit (27/04/2021 - Money Works 4 Me)
    The company has reported a standalone net profit of Rs 1,167.80 crore for the quarter ended March 31, 2021
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  32. Explanation on TLRY/APHA arbitrage go get everyone on the same level - there are some more factors than you probably thought (11/02/2021 - Reddit Stocks)
    Hello community. I’ve seen some confusion around the arbitrage opportunity on the merger of APHA and TLRY. People throw around the number 0.8381 a lot. So I think it’s important to get everyone on the same page here. APHA isn’t trading on a discount right now. It might be, but it isn’t for sure. A common misconception to read nowadays is that „APHA is undervalued now because it needs to rise up to comply with the merger ratio later. That’s not true. The four scenarios here are the following (since the ratio now is around 0.5 instead of 0.8381): APHA rises to meet merger ratio TLRY drops to meet merger ratio Both rise and meet the ratio there Both fall and meet the ratio there So as you See, it’s by no means a „free money situation“ to buy APHA now to profit off of the conversion to TLRY later. What some people are missing is, that facts like price and ratio today don’t hold up to at merger-day. The two stocks will converge to the ratio of APHA/TLRY = 0.8381 the closer we come to the merger. Since there is no exact date yet except of „Q2/2021“, the ratios don’t converge yet. It’s as simple as that. They will converge since people will hop on the APHA-train if they see that they get a free profit off of the conversion and people jump on the TLRY-train if they see that a conversion will profit them there. In the end, the conversion will most likely not profit anyone since every opportunity is taken. That’s my two cents on that topic. What do you think about it?   submitted by   /u/SN0WL30P4RD [link]   [comments]
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  33. What happened in the stock market today (08/09/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    The FTSE 100 finished lower by 0.6% on Wednesday, with the stock market struggling to make gains due to negative sentiment and news of potentially higher tax rates. After falling heavily on open, the index was down over 1% by mid-morning. However, it did manage to rally back over the course of the rest of the day, before falling again as we headed towards the end of the day.  The winners and losers The main losers that dragged the stock market down today were homebuilders and property-related stocks. Taylor Wimpey, Persimmon, Barratt Developments, and Land Securities were all down over 2%. This likely linked back to the overall sentiment of caution around the economic recovery here in the UK. The property market has performed exceptionally well over the past year. But with stamp duty holidays now over and recent economic data not as positive as some expected, the housing sector could come under pressure. The main gainers in the stock market today were from a mix of areas. The top performer was B&M European Value Retail, with shares rallying almost 7%. This came after a positive trading update was released. In it, the company noted that “gross margins have been stronger than originally anticipated”. As a result, it has hiked its profit guidance for the rest of the year. The second top gainer was Smiths Group. It saw its share price rise almost 3% thanks to confirmation of selling off a division to ICU Medical for $2.4bn. The medical division that it was looking to sell had others bids. Ultimately, this one that was chosen was clearly taken in a positive light by investors. Negative sentiment weighing on the stock market The overall index did finish in the red. One reason for the downbeat mood was the news that National Insurance contributions are set to rise. The money raised is expected to be able to give the NHS £36bn over a three-year period.  There is also going to be an increase of 1.25% on the rate of dividend tax. Aside from the tax-free allowance (currently at £2,000 a year), this bump up in tax will impact investors across the board. Regardless of political affiliation, higher taxes are usually taken as a negative by financial markets as it signals a tightening of fiscal policy. In a similar way, tightening monetary policy (such as higher interest rates) is also a negative for the stock market. Added to this was concern about the economic recovery from Covid-19. This weighed not only on the stock market in the UK, but also around the world. For example, the German DAX closed down 1.3% and currently the US NASDAQ is down 0.8%. Overall, today was a negative day for the stock market, but there were still some good stories to find within the FTSE 100 index. The post What happened in the stock market today appeared first on The Motley Fool UK. FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge 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 £90,259 Operating 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. Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free. More reading Argo Blockchain shares: after the crypto crash yesterday, what should I do? 1 FTSE 100 stock I would buy with £1K This FTSE 100 stock offers a dividend yield of 10%! Should I buy shares? A cheap nearly penny stock to buy Why are Lloyds shares losing momentum? jonathansmith1 has no position in any share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended B&M European Value and British Land Co. 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.
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  34. FTSE 100: 3 of the best shares to buy today (23/03/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    I think some of the best shares to buy today are FTSE 100 companies set to benefit from the booming tech industry over the next few years. With that in mind, here are my top picks that I’d buy today.  FTSE 100 tech investment One of the most prominent technology businesses in the FTSE 100 is Just Eat Takeaway (LSE: JET). Last year, the food delivery business reported a 42% increase in the number of orders placed on its platform. This growth yielded a 54% increase in revenues. Profits also jumped. Earnings before interest tax depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) rose 18% to €256m in 2020. Management is optimistic the company can build on this growth in 2021. However, despite its positive outlook, the stock has fallen by around a third since October of last year. I’d take advantage of this decline to buy the stock for my portfolio today.  However, Just Eat faces risks and the primary one is competition. The online delivery market is becoming increasingly competitive, and profit margins across the sector are coming under pressure. The group’s going to have to spend more and more to stay on top. This could depress shareholder returns and potentially lead to lower growth rates in the long run. Best shares to buy Another FTSE 100 company I’d buy with exposure to the tech sector is BAE Systems (LSE: BA). This might not be the first organisation many investors think of when looking for tech stocks. However, the company is one of the largest cybersecurity businesses in the country. The group is also heavily involved in developing technology for the UK defence industry.  I think this is one of the best shares to buy, thanks to its technology exposure and defence sector income. Income from defence contracts tends to be tied to multi-year agreements, which provides a steady stream of income for the group. One of the biggest challenges BAE faces are the ethical considerations of the defence sector. The sector is also highly regulated, which means the firm can’t act with complete flexibility. The group may also be subject to sanctions and overseas sales restrictions, two risks other companies may not have to deal with.  Delivery growth The final company on my list of the best shares to buy now to profit from the tech revolution over the next few years is retailer Ocado (LSE: OCDO).  Last year, the company reported a sharp rise in orders as consumers were forced to shop online during lockdowns. As well as its retail business, the company also sells the technology used to create robotic warehouses. The pandemic has exposed the risks of having humans in a supply chain, and I think this could lead to increased demand for the company’s automotive technology over the next few years.  I think these twin tailwinds of rising brand awareness, coupled with higher demand for its technology, could drive the FTSE 100 stock higher. That’s why I’d buy the stock for my portfolio today.  But it’s unlikely to be plain sailing for the group. The biggest challenge it faces is a copyright claim against its automated warehouse technology currently in process. Its automation division is also running at a loss. This could weigh on shareholder returns as Ocado tries to juggle two businesses under one roof.  One stock for a post-Covid world… Covid-19 is ripping the investment world in two… Some companies have seen exploding cash-flows, soaring valuations and record results… …Others are scrimping and suffering. Entire industries look to be going extinct. Such world-changing events may only happen once in a lifetime. And it seems there’s no middle ground. Financially, you’ll want to learn how to get positioned on the winning side. That’s why our expert analysts have put together this special report. If the pandemic has completely changed our lives forever, then they believe that this stock, hidden inside the tech-heavy NASDAQ, could be set for monstrous gains… Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this US stock… free of charge! More reading The Ocado share price is down 30% in 6 months. 3 reasons I’d buy it now Top UK shares Ocado Group and Fevertree Drinks are falling today. Here’s what I’d do now Have £1,500 to invest? Here’s what I’d buy to double my money now This FTSE 100 share had an exceptional 2020. Here’s why I’m not buying now Ocado’s share price has fallen. Should I buy the stock now? Rupert Hargreaves owns no share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Just Eat Takeaway.com N.V. 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. The post FTSE 100: 3 of the best shares to buy today appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.
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  35. Sensex, Nifty end higher after two-day breather; here’s what experts make of today’s market movement (11/02/2021 - Financial Express)
    S&P BSE Sensex closed the day’s trade 222 points higher at 51,531 while the broader 50-stock NSE Nifty ended at 15,173. Reliance Industries was the top Sensex gainer.
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  36. The best UK dividend stock to buy now (17/09/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    If you’ve been following the financial press this week, you’ll have noticed a solid rise from one of the FTSE 100 regulars. JD Sports Fashion (LSE: JD) stock jumped 9% on Tuesday in response to an impressive earnings announcement. The sportswear company is absolutely on fire at the moment, and I believe its performance will continue well into the future. Here’s why I think it’s one of the best dividend stocks for me to buy now. Making the best of a bad situation It’s no surprise that the pandemic simultaneously decimated some sectors of the economy and rewarded others. JD Sports, belonging to the retail sector, could and perhaps should have suffered a similar fate to its high-street counterparts, most of whom were decimated by lockdown-enforced store closures. But the company was well placed to deal with such a setback; consumers used their accumulated disposable income to purchase stylish, comfortable loungewear when confined to their homes. Coupled with JD’s efficient website system for its brand and subsidiaries (recall Primark’s complete lack of one), it managed to supply the vast demand for dressed-down styles. It comes as no surprise, then, to see JD’s pre-tax profits soar from £61.9 million in 2020, to £439.5 million in the first six months of 2021. Crossing the pond One area where I see exceptional long-term growth potential for JD, even despite current all-time share price highs, is its 2018 expansion into America. This has worked a treat so far; it has acquired Shoe Palace and DTLR, and has also taken full advantage of consumer stimulus checks, or ‘stimmies’, as they are more commonly known. This jump across the Atlantic is still in its nascent stages, and I believe the recent UK-USA TikTok rivalry among young people has exposed many Americans to British fashion and culture. The chunky trainers and puffer jackets that are famous among British rappers, models, and teenagers, have been embraced widely by Americans, and JD is one of the best supplier of these styles. That’s another reason why I believe it’s one of the best shares to buy now for my own portfolio. A bumper dividend ahead? After its well received news on Tuesday, JD preferred not to announce an interim dividend. But with expected end-year profits hoped to top £750 million, it is rumoured that its final dividend will be larger, if not the largest, in recent history. Its share price has risen 38% and as I write, is trading at 1,147p – near-enough a record-high. As a result, JD is a relatively expensive buy in the FTSE 100, holding a strong price-to-earnings ratio of 35. This won’t deter me, though, as I believe there is further growth to be had, especially to a growing American audience. For these reasons I see JD as one of the best dividend stocks to buy and hold for my portfolio in the long term. The post The best UK dividend stock to buy now appeared first on The Motley Fool UK. One FTSE “Snowball Stock” With Runaway Revenues Looking for new share ideas? Grab this FREE report now. Inside, you discover one FTSE company with a runaway snowball of profits. From 2015-2019… Revenues increased 38.6%. Its net income went up 19.7 times! Since 2012, revenues from regular users have almost DOUBLED The opportunity here really is astounding. In fact, one of its own board members recently snapped up 25,000 shares using their own money… So why sit on the side lines a minute longer? You could have the full details on this company right now. Grab your free report – while it’s online. More reading How I’d invest £1,500 in UK shares now The UK growth share I’d consider buying even at an all-time high With a 778% profit rise, this is FTSE 100’s biggest gainer today. Would I buy it? JD Sports profits soar on record H1 results 3 of the best UK shares to buy now Joseph Wilkins 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.
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  37. This week is going to be biggest NASDAQ week in this month? Your prediction? (25/04/2021 - Reddit Stocks)
    Apple, Amazon, Alphabet, Facebook, Tesla, Microsoft, Pinterest earnings will be released this way. If earnings are good, stock probably rise (of cause Intel fell because its all about growth, not just good earnings). Apple, Alphabet and Microsoft are safest bet. No matter how bad/good earnings are, stock will go up no matter what (can fall temporary). Amazon is strong company but it will be same as Netflix? Covid-19 is over, no more huge profit after Covid-19... sure... cloud, video stream but really... people want to travel, spend time outside etc. I think Amazon won't grow or fall. Tesla earnings is most important thing right now. If earnings are mind blowing, stock probably rise a lot. But if earnings are not so good, probably all other car stocks rise and Tesla fall. Pinterest, i love this app but rumors are that earnings will be bad. Could it fall more?   submitted by   /u/MAARJA007 [link]   [comments]
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  38. Kotak Mahindra Bank reports 3% fall in Q1 consolidated net profit (26/07/2021 - Money Works 4 Me)
    On standalone basis, the bank has reported a rise of 31.94% in its net profit at Rs 1,641.92 crore for Q1FY22
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  39. Market Snapshot: U.S. stocks trade near records, aim to add to biggest weekly rise since November (08/02/2021 - Market Watch)
    Stocks rise Monday afternoon, as major benchmarks build on their strongest week since November with investors penciling in another round of aid spending out of Washington.
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  40. Best UK shares to buy as the market melts down (19/07/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    The signs were clear at the end of last week. The FTSE 100 index may have managed to close above the 7,000 mark but not before it dipped below the level during trading. And today, the index has pretty much stayed below 7,000 throughout the day. At the time of writing this article, it is at an abysmal 6,835.  Who’s getting deja vu? I know there is a sense of deja vu about this. We have been here before, more than once, since the pandemic first started scaring the stock markets last year. And a virus surge appears to be turning investors bearish again. But if the last stock market crash was an opportunity, this one is even more so.  Consider this. In the UK alone, over half the people are fully vaccinated according to latest data from the Financial Times. Further, both in North America and much of Europe, at least 50% of the people have got one vaccine shot. Emerging countries are unfortunately lagging behind and that is a cause of concern. However, the big point is that we are definitely in a better place than last year.  Knowing this, what would I do now? Invest further in stocks, of course.  Here are two examples of the best UK shares for me to buy now. #1. Burberry: rising sales Luxury fashion label Burberry’s comparable store sales rose by a huge 90% from last year for the 13 weeks ending 26 June from last year as per its latest update. It has even shown a slight increase over sales in 2019. There are some concerns about the departure of its CEO, Marco Gobbetti, who is credited for the trench coat pioneer’s turnaround. But, the company itself is relatively upbeat about its prospects. Yet, after today’s market meltdown, its share price is down by almost 27% in a month.  #2. Just Eat Takeaway: share price uptick In contrast with Burberry, food delivery giant Just Eat Takeaway‘s share price is actually up around 4% in today’s trading. As I look at my trading screen, it is the only FTSE 100 stock in the green right now.  I have been extolling its virtues for a long time now, most recently last week after it released a robust trading update. And this was for the post-pandemic time period. Now, if we believe that the pandemic restrictions can conceivably come back, it is poised to be a big gainer again. And that explains the rise in price.  Eagle-eyed investors looking through its statements would undoubtedly find that it does not clock a net profit. But, it has good reasons for that. My long list of best UK shares to buy And these are just two examples from list of the best UK shares to buy now. From miners to oil producers, retailers to healthcare providers, today’s market meltdown has thrown up many options for me to buy. And if I have learned anything from last year’s stock market crash, it is to make the most of this opportunity. The post Best UK shares to buy as the market melts down appeared first on The Motley Fool UK. FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge 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 £90,259 Operating 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. Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free. More reading ESG investing for financial return Here’s why this FTSE stock is up over 40% today! Why did the FTSE 100 crash on ‘freedom day’ Monday? 3 shares with over twice the average FTSE dividend yield 2 dividend stocks I’d buy right now Manika Premsingh owns shares of Burberry. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Burberry and Just Eat Takeaway.com N.V. 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.
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  41. The HSBC share makes gains on massive profit increase. But would I buy it? (27/04/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    HSBC (LSE: HSBA) is up over 4% in today’s trading, making it the biggest FTSE 100 gainer as I write today. There is one, and only one reason for this.  And that is its earnings update for the first quarter of 2021.  A positive earnings report The HSBC share started rising after the bank reported a 82% increase in profit after tax from the same quarter last year to $4.6bn.  There are other positives in the report too. One, all its regions are profitable. Considering that HSBC, unlike some of the other FTSE 100 banks, like Lloyds Bank, has significant international operations and the present times have been difficult across the world, this is an encouraging development.  Two, its lending business grew by $2bn on a reported basis, which reflects return of appetite among borrowers. This is in line with economic forecasts that indicate the return of robust growth in this year and the next.  Three, HSBC is also positive about the future now. It mentions an improved economic outlook as the reason for this. Notably, it has said that it is “giving us increasing confidence in our revenue growth plans”. This is particularly positive, because for the first quarter of 2021, the bank has reported a 5% decline in revenues. Relatedly, it also expects lending to speed up through 2021.   Geopolitics that just cannot be ignored As positive as this update is, I am concerned about the effect of geopolitical stresses on HSBC. Because of the geographies it operates in, the bank was caught up in these before the corona crisis showed up. Geopolitics receded last year as dealing with the pandemic became priority and the economic slump drove HSBC’s numbers in the past year. But, these stresses are still very much prevalent.   Among its risks, the bank mentions developments in Hong Kong, the US-China trade war (though in not as many words) and even the relationship between the UK and the EU moving forward. I think here it is helpful to recall that while a last minute Brexit deal was struck, there is no deal yet for the financial services industry. There is hope, however. But for now, Hong Kong is HSBC’s biggest geopolitical concern. It says that “The financial impact…of geopolitical risks in Asia is heightened due to the strategic importance of the region, and Hong Kong in particular, in terms of profitability and prospects for growth”. To provide some perspective, 65% of its profits for the latest quarter were from Asia.  Would I buy the HSBC share? I think these risks are too big to ignore, and will take centre stage again. But balancing factors have also come into play, like the return of growth. I have been cautious of the HSBC share in the past, but I am once again beginning to get cautiously optimistic on the stock.  One stock for a post-Covid world… Covid-19 is ripping the investment world in two… Some companies have seen exploding cash-flows, soaring valuations and record results… …Others are scrimping and suffering. Entire industries look to be going extinct. Such world-changing events may only happen once in a lifetime. And it seems there’s no middle ground. Financially, you’ll want to learn how to get positioned on the winning side. That’s why our expert analysts have put together this special report. If the pandemic has completely changed our lives forever, then they believe that this stock, hidden inside the tech-heavy NASDAQ, could be set for monstrous gains… Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this US stock… free of charge! More reading HSBC share price: after profits surge 79%, is it still too cheap? The HSBC share price rises on strong results. Could this spark a larger rally? Lloyds share price vs HSBC share price: which bank stock would I buy? Why I think the HSBC share price is undervalued The HSBC share price is rising. Is now the time to buy? Manika Premsingh has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended HSBC Holdings and Lloyds Banking 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. The post The HSBC share makes gains on massive profit increase. But would I buy it? appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.
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  42. Metals Stocks: Gold prices pull back as dollar and yields rise to end the week (09/04/2021 - Market Watch)
    Gold futures on Friday retreat a day after the biggest daily gain of the month, weighed by a rise in bond yields and a strengthening dollar.
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  43. Metals Stocks: Gold prices pull back as dollar and yields rise to end the week (09/04/2021 - Market Watch)
    Gold futures on Friday retreat a day after the biggest daily gain of the month, weighed by a rise in bond yields and a strengthening dollar.
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  44. 1 FTSE 100 and 1 FTSE 250 stock I’d buy now (06/05/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    The UK property market boom continues. This is evident in the performance of real estate companies and two of them released trading updates today.  The first is FTSE 100 housebuilder Barratt Developments (LSE: BDEV). The second is FTSE 250 real estate investment trust Derwent London (LSE: DLN). Both stocks have run-up in today’s trading. While Barratt Developments is up by almost 2%, making it among the biggest FTSE 100 gainers, Derwent London is up by almost 1%.  Barratt Developments posts strong sales numbers Barratt Developments reported 4.7% higher forward sales volumes than at the same time last year. The number was even higher at 9.8% in terms of value.  I think this bodes well for the company, which had already shown a robust half-year performance. For the first half of its financial year, ending December 31, the company reported a 10% revenue increase and even a 1.7% increase in pre-tax profits compared to the year before.  With its share price still below pre-market crash levels of March last year, I think it could continue to rise further. Derwent london reports pre-tax profits Derwent London also posted a robust update today. Some 93% of its rents have been collected for March, some of the strongest levels since the start of the pandemic. And also positive, vacancy rates are at a low 2.3%. And it has reduced its net debt to £905m, while it has a strong liquidity position as well. This would be good news at all times, but at present, it’s even more so and these are prudent moves that can hold Derwent London in good stead. And it’s especially important as the company fell into losses last year, which gives it less wriggle room if a slowdown happened again. Policies drive real estate market A slowdown could still happen, of course, and it could hurt both companies. But I think that for now, the odds are in favour of property stocks. Just today, the Bank of England has said that the UK is set for its strongest growth since the Second World War. This should keep property markets buoyant.  Like Barratt Developments, Derwent London is yet to reach the share price highs of early 2020. But given the latest update and overall optimism, I think it could happen soon.  With the good though, comes the bad. In this case, for both firms, it would be the withdrawal of the stamp duty waiver and interest rates being likely to rise eventually. Supportive policies have played a big role in holding up real estate markets, so I reckon that some impact would be felt on the stocks as the situation changes.  My takeaway I think it’s quite likely that any impact would be short-term in nature, however. Despite the withdrawal of supportive policies, there could be a natural demand rise as the economy takes off. I feel that the property market may well have managed to stave off a slowdown that accompanies a weak economy. With that in mind, I’m bullish on both stocks at their current prices.   There’s a ‘double agent’ hiding in the FTSE… we recommend you buy it! 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… Click here to get access to our presentation, and learn how to get the name of this 'double agent'! More reading Should I buy these FTSE 100 shares in my ISA in May? Should I buy these 2 UK reopening shares for my Stocks and Shares ISA? 3 FTSE 100 stocks I’d buy with £3k 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. The post 1 FTSE 100 and 1 FTSE 250 stock I’d buy now appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.
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  45. Bond Report: 10-year Treasury yield edges lower Monday after last week’s big rise (09/08/2021 - Market Watch)
    U.S. Treasury yields trade lower Monday morning, following the biggest weekly rate rise for long-dated government bonds since June.
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  46. Bond yields rise as traders book profit (22/07/2021 - Financial Express)
    Dealers with state-owned banks are expecting the yield on 10-year benchmark to rise marginally on Friday due to supply concerns from weekly bond auction.
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  47. Biggest U.S. banks smash profit estimates as economy revives (15/07/2021 - Investing.com)

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  48. Can anyone explain why earnings no longer matter, and the entire market is just pump&dump after pump&dump? (19/05/2021 - Reddit Stocks)
    I really don't understand this shit. All the time now, a company performs well and the stock price drops because of it. Take Lowe's today for example. It blasted earnings. It literally doubled them. 8th earnings in a row it has smashed, and today it's down. Literally, you have a company coining it in, and the share price is dropping. (I dont own it btw, so this isn't a rant on that basis) I know the argument is "ThE WhoLE MaRkEt Is DoWn". Sorry, no, I don't buy this bullshit. Let's look at todays winners; Advaxis is the 2nd biggest gainer today and is up 21%. It's a garbage fucking pennystock that trades at 0.58 cents. Even worse, it's a bullshit pharma stock. Normal volume is 6 million. Volume today - 166 million. There is no news to justify this interest Mosys is the big winner so far, up 33%. Another bullshit $5 stock. Normal volume is 2 mil. No news, but today the volume is 30x the norm. LifeMD has had lawsuits filed against it today, about claims its directors have comitted fraud. Even better; LifeMD appears to use unlicensed doctors to dispense OTC medications, has implemented an autoshipping/autobilling scheme, failed to honor guarantees, and put in place abusive telemarketing practices. So what does the stock do in response to this? Of course, it jumps 12%. To end my rant, the 3rd placed highest today is another bullshit company, a Chinese medical company called Lianluo Smart. There's one single news article linking it to a takeover by newegg or something, the news article made little sense. Low and behold, normal volume is 400k, today it's 9 million. Even if the news is to be believed, this one single article was posted 1 hour ago, yet the price suddenly spiked 2 hours ago. So, why do companies that do well, make money, smash earnings lose their stock value, and bullshit, nonsense companies get P&D so much. This is a daily occurance. Every single day I see a new company increasing its share price by 50%+ and it's nonsense. I thought P&D's were illegal. I'm losing (lost tbh) all faith in the market and it feels more and more like a (rigged) casino every day now.   submitted by   /u/electricp0ww0w [link]   [comments]
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  49. Salesforce a rare Dow gainer as JMP lifts price target (18/08/2021 - Seeking Alpha)

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