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3 FTSE 100 shares to buy today

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16/05/2021 - 12:20

This Fool would buy these three FTSE 100 companies he believes are some of the best shares to buy now in the economic recovery. The post 3 FTSE 100 shares to buy today appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.


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  3. FTSE 100: I think these are the best shares to buy today with £5k (01/03/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    I think there are currently lots of great investments in the FTSE 100. The blue-chip index contains the UK’s largest listed corporations and I believe these companies could benefit from rising sales and profits if the economy recovers over the next few months. With that in mind, I think these are the best FTSE 100 shares to buy today with an investment of £5,000.  Best shares to buy today  While the outlook for the economy has improved markedly over the past few months, it’s still highly uncertain. As such, I want to own shares in companies that have either performed well throughout the pandemic or those which may be insulated from further uncertainty. Unfortunately, just because a company has performed well over the past 12 months doesn’t mean it will continue to do so. However, by focusing on these FTSE 100 businesses, I reckon I can swing the odds of success in my favour, rather than trying to guess which organisations may succeed going forward.  Therefore, I believe one of the best shares to buy today is Bunzl (LSE: BNZL).  Despite the unprecedented challenges this company has faced over the past 12 months, it reported a robust trading update for the year ended 31 December 2020. Revenue increased by 9.4% at constant exchange rates. Adjusted earnings per share jumped nearly 27% of the back of this growth. Bunzl benefitted from what management called “larger Covid-19 related orders” in 2020. But it doesn’t expect these orders to be repeated in 2021.  However, Bunzl’s increase in profitability has provided the company with more capital to reinvest in growth. This is why I believe the corporation is one of the best shares to buy today. Last year, the group invested £445m in acquisitions. It has already announced a handful of deals this year as well.  So, while the company is unlikely to see a repeat of 2020’s performance, I think it’s well-positioned to grow in the years ahead.  That said, the FTSE 100 company isn’t without its risks. Acquiring businesses can be challenging, especially when it comes to integration. A poor strategy can lead to subpar returns for investors and impact worker relations. Bunzl has also historically relied on debt to boost its firepower for deals. Therefore, a significant increase in interest rates could have a substantial negative impact on the business.  Despite these risks and challenges, I’d buy the stock for my portfolio today.  FTSE 100 utility  The other FTSE 100 company that features in my basket of the best shares to buy now is utility provider Pennon Group (LSE: PNN).  The water business operates in an incredibly defensive industry. As such, no matter what happens to the UK economy over the next few years, I think Pennon could produce predictable returns for investors.  Unfortunately, the corporation isn’t without its risks. The water industry is highly regulated, and regulators limit the profit companies like Pennon can generate. This could constrict the firm’s growth in the long term. The business also has a lot of borrowing. So, rising interest rates could also become a headache.  I think it’s worth taking these challenges into account when considering the business. But I’m comfortable with the risks Pennon faces. That’s why I’d buy the FTSE 100 stock for my portfolio today.  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 2 FTSE 100 shares I’d buy now and hold for 10 years Rupert Hargreaves owns no share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Pennon 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 FTSE 100: I think these are the best shares to buy today with £5k appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.
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  5. 2 FTSE 100 investments for a Stocks and Shares ISA (07/05/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    The FTSE 100 has recently reached a post-pandemic high. However, despite this performance, I think it can head even higher. This is because many businesses in the lead index continue to look cheap compared to their potential.  With that in mind, here are two index champions I’d buy for my Stocks and Shares ISA today to capitalise on this trend.  FTSE 100 investments The first company I’d buy for my FTSE 100 ISA portfolio is Anglo American (LSE: AAL).  I believe this mining conglomerate is perfectly positioned to ride the global economic recovery over the next few years. According to the company’s latest trading update, production from its copper and iron ore mines increased 9% and 1% respectively for the third quarter of its financial year.  This is notable because the prices of both of these commodities have recently reached multi-year highs. Higher production and higher prices suggest Anglo could be on track to report a bumper trading performance this year.  Of course, the most considerable risk of investing in any commodity business is that prices can fall as fast as they rise. So, while the company might be profiting from rising prices today, that might not last. As such, there’s no guarantee Anglo will report bumper profits this year.  Still, I think this FTSE 100 blue-chip could be one of the best ways to invest in the global economic recovery, due to its exposure to crucial resources.  Stocks and Shares ISA buy  The second FTSE 100 stock I’d buy for my ISA right now is Informa (LSE: INF).  This company’s been hit hard by the pandemic. The business, which runs events including the China Beauty Expo and the Monaco Yacht Show, had to pull out all the stops last year when most large events were cancelled.  The largest exhibition group in the world has tried to shift events online, but this hasn’t stopped the bleeding. The FTSE 100 company swung to a £1.1bn pre-tax loss in 2020, compared to a profit of £318m the previous year. Most might shy away from investing in such a business at this time, but I’m optimistic. Management thinks the company will report sales of £1.7bn this year. Based on that projection, City analysts believe the group will earn a net income of £309m.  This is the baseline projection, and if the world’s post-coronavirus recovery accelerates, Informa could surpass this figure. I think it will. That’s why I’d buy the FTSE 100 stock today for my Stocks and Shares ISA.  Of course, there’s also a chance the company will have to revisit these figures if the pandemic drags on. In that case, I think earnings and sales would therefore disappoint, and the stock could fall in value. As such, Informa may not be suitable for all investors but, with a favourable tailwind, I think it could be a great FTSE 100 recovery play.  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 Anglo American shares: should I buy as copper prices rise? Should I buy Anglo American shares? Is this one of the FTSE 100’s best shares to buy in 2021? Will the Anglo American share price keep rising in 2021? These 2 FTSE 100 stocks have doubled in a year! I’d still buy them Rupert Hargreaves 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 investments for a Stocks and Shares ISA appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.
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  7. FTSE 100: these 5 shares are falling fast. Which would I buy today? (03/03/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    So far in 2021, the UK FTSE 100 index has actually beaten the US S&P 500 index. As I write, the Footsie trades around 6,646, up 185 points (2.9%) in 2021. The S&P 500 is up around 90 points in 2021, only 2.4% ahead. Given the huge outperformance of the S&P over the Footsie for the past decade, perhaps the tide is turning in favour of UK shares? The FTSE 100’s biggest fallers over one month Of course, not all FTSE 100 shares have risen in 2021. As well as some big gainers, there have been some huge howlers. For example, take these five sliding stocks, the worst performers in the Footsie over one month: FTSE 100 member 1W 1M 3M 6M Unilever (Consumer staples) -2.8% –10.1% -13.3% -15.6% SSE (Energy) -3.3% –10.2% -2.5% 8.3% GlaxoSmithKline (Pharma) -0.5% –10.9% -13.3% -17.8% Just Eat Takeaway.com (Food delivery) -1.7% –17.4% -13.9% -15.0% Ocado Group (Grocery tech) -6.5% –21.4% -0.1% -8.0% Which stocks wouldn’t I buy today? As you can see, the FTSE 100’s worst performer over the past month is online grocer Ocado. Its shares have crashed more than a fifth (21.4%) in a month. Then again, Ocado stock is up 95% over one year, 303.2% over three years, and 770.1% over five years. This makes it the FTSE 100’s best performer over five years, so it’s hardly surprising its shares are taking a breather after such magnificent gains. The second-worst FTSE 100 stock over the past month is Just Eat Takeaway (JET). This food-delivery firm is known for its Just Eat UK brand. Although JET shares have dived by more than a sixth (17.4%), they are up 1.9% over the past 12 months. JET is a fast-growing company, booming in the pandemic and popular with growth investors. But it keeps making large losses as it scales up. Hence, as a value investor, JET is not for me. I’d buy these two value shares Third on my list of laggards is global pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). The GSK share price has declined by more than a tenth (10.9%) over one month. It’s also been one of the FTSE 100’s worst performers over six and 12 months. GSK is the largest individual holding in my family portfolio, so its recent weakness — down a quarter (25%) in a year — has cost us plenty. At the current share price of 1,206p, GSK has a price-to-earnings ratio of 10.6 and an earnings yield of 9.5%. At over 6.6%, GSK’s yearly dividend yield is more than double that of the wider Footsie. These fundamentals look cheap to me, so I will keep buying more GSK stock. Second, I also like the look of consumer-goods colossus Unilever, which sells more than 400 brands worldwide. Every day, more than 2.5bn people use Unilever products. That’s almost a third of the global population. Yet the Unilever share price is down a tenth (10.1%) over a month and almost a sixth (15.6%) over six months. At the current share price of 3,805p, Unilever trades on a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.8% and an earnings yield of 4.8%. The dividend yield of 3.9% is useful and, as an income-hungry investor, I’d welcome it in my family portfolio. Hence, Unilever is the second stock I’d buy from these five FTSE 100 fallers. In summary, as a FTSE 100 value investor and income-seeker, I’m not put off by falling share prices. However, what works for me might not work for you. Thus, please take great care when selecting your shares! 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 Investing in renewables: 5 UK shares I expect to rally in 2021 What is a ‘stonk’ tip? How I’d invest £1,000 in UK shares right now 5 UK shares I’d buy after Budget 2021 2 shares to buy today for my Stocks and Shares ISA Cliffdarcy owns shares in GlaxoSmithKline. The Motley Fool UK has recommended GlaxoSmithKline, Just Eat Takeaway.com N.V., 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. The post FTSE 100: these 5 shares are falling fast. Which would I buy today? appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.
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  8. 2 FTSE 100 shares to buy right now (10/03/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    Considering the improving outlook for the economy, I’ve been searching for FTSE 100 shares to buy right now. I believe a couple of companies have recently fallen on hard times but could generate outstanding returns for investors in the long run.  FTSE 100 bargain The first company I’d buy for my portfolio of blue-chip stocks today is AstraZeneca (LSE: AZN). Since the middle of last year, shares in this pharmaceutical giant have declined in value by around 23%, excluding dividends.  I think this is a great opportunity to take advantage. After these declines, shares in the FTSE 100 business are changing hands at just 15 times 2020 projected earnings. That’s compared to the pharmaceutical sector average of around 18.  Having said that, these are only projections at this stage. There’s no guarantee the company will manage to hit the earnings forecasts analysts have currently laid out. Indeed, analysts expect the group’s net income to increase to 200% over the next two years. While Astra will benefit from the booming demand for its coronavirus jab, this projected growth seems a tad optimistic. There’s also the risk that income could decline as the pandemic recedes and the need for the jab falls.  Still, there’s more to this FTSE 100 group that its coronavirus vaccine. It is a leader in the development and production of oncology treatments, and several of these are expected to yield significant profits for the organisation in the next few years.  This potential, coupled with the group’s discounted valuation, leads me to conclude this is one of the best shares to buy now. That’s why I’d buy the stock for my portfolio today.  Best shares to buy right now Late last week, shares in the London Stock Exchange (LSE: LSEG) plunged after the company warned that rising costs would hit its bottom line in the next few years. But while other investors have been selling, I think this could be an excellent opportunity to snap up shares in this exchange operator at a discounted valuation. Right now, the stock is changing hands at a forward price-to-earnings (P/E) multiple of 27, compared to its long-term average of around 30.  The London Stock Exchange has a huge competitive advantage over most financial services firms in the UK. It operates the at plumb end of the stock market. That means market participants almost have no choice but to use its services.  This has led to growing profitability over the past five years. Net income at the FTSE 100 firm has expanded at a compound annual rate of 5% over the period. As we advance, I think the group should be able to build on its existing position in the financial markets to drive growth. That said, it does face some significant risks. These include antitrust investigations, increased regulations, and rising costs. And just because the London Stock Exchange is the largest market operator today doesn’t mean it will continue to be so indefinitely. Competitors are emerging, and these could eat away at its market share over the long term.  Looking past these risks, I’d buy this stock for my portfolio as I believe it’s one of the best shares to buy right now in the FTSE 100.  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 Hit, hold or fold? Unilever, GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca shares The London Stock Exchange share price slides, is this stock a good investment? AstraZeneca share price: back to sub-£70 levels. Should I buy now? FTSE 100 today: 2 stocks I’d buy on the latest stock market news 2 UK growth stocks that would have doubled my money if I’d invested 2 years ago Rupert Hargreaves 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 to buy right now appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.
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  9. I think these 2 FTSE 100 stocks might be among the best shares to buy today (16/04/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    The FTSE 100 index of leading UK shares has risen 25% over the past year. To me, that suggests some shares may not now be the bargains they were a few months ago. But when I consider the best shares to buy today, I still think the FTSE 100 throws up some attractive options. Here are two FTSE 100 shares I’ve bought this year that I still consider among the best shares to buy today. Looking to economic recovery With memories of the last financial crisis looming large in investors’ minds, I wasn’t surprised to see many bank stocks tumble last year. Since then, sentiment about the sector has improved. The economic impact of the pandemic on banks has been less than initially feared. That helps explain why shares in Lloyds (LSE: LLOY) have put on 48% over the past year. That is an impressive performance. But even now I think the bank could be among the best shares to buy today for my portfolio. Its focus on the UK means that it is heavily exposed in the event that the British economy turns down. But I like the simplicity it brings to the investment case. Lloyds is close to a pure play on the performance of UK banking. With the biggest mortgage book of any UK bank, it is set to reap the rewards of a housing market that continues to be buoyant. One of my best shares to buy today The bank has resumed dividends, at the maximum level allowed by its regulator. Even after the difficulties of last year, the bank still turned a post-tax statutory profit of £1.4bn. That’s over £4m a day, even amid a pandemic. That underlines the strength of the business model in my view. Lloyds’ strong brand and focussed model appeal to me. However, risks include a management transition and also any weakness in the UK housing market. FTSE 100 consumer goods giant Another FTSE 100 company which I rate among the best shares to buy today is Unilever (LSE: ULVR). It’s put on 10% since the start of last month. But over the past year its performance has been flat, with a share price increase of less than 1%. I think the company’s collection of brands such as Dove, Domestos, and Hellmann’s gives it the sort of business moat that should help it thrive long into the future. But I also like the company’s global reach. By selling low-cost as well as more premium brands, Unilever is able to tap into growth in developing markets and accommodate the aspirations of wealthier customers. With a price-to-earnings ratio of 19 and a dividend yield of 3.6%, I rate the company among the best shares to buy now. I think the brands can help it with pricing power, demographics of developing markets work in its favour, and an experienced management team will help keep the company relevant. However, risks include rising input costs and the possible dampening effect on demand of a tighter economy in many markets. 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 The Lloyds share price is rising, but I’d buy these stocks instead What does Lloyds’ final dividend payment mean for shareholders? Here’s why I expect the Lloyds share price to have a great 2021/22! Why I’d ignore the rising Lloyds share price and buy other UK growth shares Are Lloyds shares making a comeback? christopherruane owns shares of Lloyds Banking Group and Unilever. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Lloyds Banking Group 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. The post I think these 2 FTSE 100 stocks might be among the best shares to buy today appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.
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  10. These are the 5 top FTSE 100 shares over 5 years. I like 3 today (12/06/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    The FTSE 100, the UK’s main stock market index, has ridden a rocky road over the past five years. In mid-June 2016, prior to the UK’s Brexit referendum, the blue-chip index hovered around 6,000 points. In both January and May 2018, it surged above 7,775 points, hitting an all-time closing high of 7,877.45 on 22 May 2018. So far, so good. The FTSE 100 crashes 35% The index then drifted up and down until 17 January 2020, when it closed at nearly 7,675 points. But then catastrophe arrived as the Covid-19 virus spread. As global infections rose, the Footsie crashed spectacularly, plunging to close at 4,993.89 on ‘Meltdown Monday’ (23 March 2020). The index lost over 2,680 points in two months, collapsing more than a third (34.9%). However, in the subsequent 16 months, the index recovered much of its losses and currently trades around 7,139.55 points. That’s a capital gain of almost a fifth (18.6%) over the past half-decade. These are the Footsie’s top five shares since 2016 As an index, the FTSE 100 tells you nothing about the performance of its individual constituents. As you’d expect, some Footsie shares have done extremely well, whereas others have performed terribly since mid-2016. For the record, these five shares are the top performers in the FTSE 100 over the five years to today: Ticker Company 1W 1M 3M 6M 1Y 2Y 3Y 5Y OCDO Ocado Group 3.9 -1.5 -10.0 -12.0 -8.7 63.0 90.0 634.9 AHT Ashtead Group -2.6 7.1 20.6 55.0 102.1 159.9 113.4 416.9 EVR Evraz -3.4 -8.7 8.4 38.2 105.3 -4.0 24.8 372.1 SMT Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust 1.6 13.1 5.1 8.9 64.5 135.4 132.5 371.2 AAL Anglo American -3.2 -8.7 3.7 23.9 65.9 54.2 67.6 365.4 As you can see, the #1 performer in the FTSE 100 over the past five years is online supermarket Ocado. Its shares have skyrocketed by nearly 635%, turning £1,000 into £7,349 since mid-2016. That is a fantastic return, easily eclipsing the 18.6% rise in the wider index. But it’s possible that Ocado stock has gone too far too fast and is now over-cooked. Hence, I’m not a fan of this superstar growth stock today, so I don’t own this share. Four five-star FTSE 100 stocks The second-best performer is Ashtead Group, which rents out industrial equipment and has had a cracking five years. Its share price is up over seven of the eight time periods shown, only to dip 2.6% this week. This consistent winner releases its latest quarterly results next Tuesday, 15 June. I’d like to see these before forming an opinion on the merits of this five-star FTSE 100 share. I don’t own this stock today. The third winner is Evraz, a FTSE 100 steelmaker and miner mainly operating in Russia, Ukraine, and North America. Its biggest shareholder is Roman Abramovich, owner of Premier League football team Chelsea. I like the look of this £9.1bn firm, not least for its 5.7% dividend yield, but have not yet pressed the buy button so far. Number four is SMT, a FTSE 100 investment trust with heavy exposure to US and Chinese tech stocks. I regard SMT as a bubble stock built on bubble stocks. Its shares have fallen from a peak of 1,415p four months ago to 1,241p today. As a value investor seeking high dividends, SMT just isn’t for me. Finally, in fifth place is Anglo American, which mines platinum, copper, nickel, iron ore, coal, and diamonds. Even though this stock is up 78% in the past 12 months, I have high hopes for global miners in any sustained post-Covid-19 boom. Hence, though I’d don’t own AAL, I would be a buyer at the current share price of 3,151p. The post These are the 5 top FTSE 100 shares over 5 years. I like 3 today appeared first on The Motley Fool UK. Our 5 Top Shares for the New “Green Industrial Revolution" It was released in November 2020, and make no mistake: It’s happening. The UK Government’s 10-point plan for a new “Green Industrial Revolution.” PriceWaterhouse Coopers believes this trend will cost £400billion… …That’s just here in Britain over the next 10 years. Worldwide, the Green Industrial Revolution could be worth TRILLIONS. It’s why I’m urging all investors to read this special presentation carefully, and learn how you can uncover the 5 companies that we believe are poised to profit from this gargantuan trend ahead! Access this special "Green Industrial Revolution" presentation now More reading 3 UK shares to buy 3 top high-yield British stocks Should I buy Lloyds shares? 3 winning FTSE 100 shares to buy today The UK economy is growing fast. I’d buy these 3 FTSE 100 stocks now Cliffdarcy has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Ocado 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.
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  11. UK shares to buy now: my top 2 FTSE 100 stocks (09/05/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    Recent data continues to support the conclusion that the UK economic recovery is gaining pace. As such, I’ve been looking for UK shares to buy now for my portfolio that may profit from this recovery. Here are my two favourite FTSE 100 companies I’d buy for this purpose today. UK shares to buy now The first on my list is Segro (LSE: SGRO). The pandemic has given a shot in the arm to the e-commerce sector. And as companies’ online sales have increased, managers have rushed to find warehouse capacity to meet demand.  As one of the largest publicly-listed real estate investment trusts focusing on warehouses, I’d buy Segro to play this theme. I think its latest trading update shows the strength of the market. It saw £18m of new headline rent signed during the first quarter, up from £14.3m a year earlier. On top of this, the company has £87m of potential new headline rent from 1.3m sqm of space under construction.  I think these numbers show just how much potential the company has over the next few months and years. However, the enterprise may face some challenges along the way. It could end up over expanding, which would saddle the business with large debts and unfilled properties. The rush to develop new facilities by competitors may also impact demand for the group’s warehouses.  Despite these risks and challenges, I’d buy this FTSE 100 stock today for its income and growth potential. As the online retail market continues to expand, I think this is one of the best UK shares to buy now.  FTSE 100 stock Sticking with companies I believe will benefit from the changes that have come about due to the pandemic, I’d also buy Avast (LSE: AVST) for my portfolio.  I think this FTSE 100 cybersecurity company is one of the best UK shares to buy now because cybersecurity is one of the world’s fastest-growing sectors. Throughout the pandemic, technology has become an invaluable lifeline for many. Unfortunately, scammers have rushed to take advantage of this. Avast helps consumers protect their systems, which helped drive revenues higher by 10% year-on-year in the first quarter.  As technology plays an ever-increasing role in the world, I expect this to continue. This is the primary reason why I believe Avast is one of the best UK shares to buy now.  That’s not to say the company won’t face risks as we advance. Reputation is everything in the cybersecurity market. If Avast suffers a cyberattack, or customers start to lose confidence in the group’s software, sales could quickly go into reverse. The firm also needs to maintain research and development spending to stay ahead of attackers.  Even after taking these risks and challenges into account, I’d buy the FTSE 100 stock for my portfolio today, considering its growth potential.  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 If I could only buy one tech share, this would be it Why I’d forget the Deliveroo share price and buy these FTSE 100 shares instead Rupert Hargreaves owns no share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Avast Plc. 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 UK shares to buy now: my top 2 FTSE 100 stocks appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.
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  12. FTSE 100: these were the best shares to buy in the market crash a year ago! (23/03/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    Remember life before lockdowns? Exactly a year ago today, on Monday, March 23, 2020, Boris Johnson said people must stay at home and various businesses would close. That was also the day when the FTSE 100 index crashed to its 2020 trough. On ‘Meltdown Monday’ (as I call it), the Footsie dived to an intraday low of 4,922.8 points. It then bounced to close at 4,993.9. Having ended 2019 at 7,587.1, the FTSE 100 had shed almost 2,600 points. That’s a collapse of more than a third (34.2%) in under three months. The FTSE 100 bounces back Famed banker Baron Rothschild once wisely remarked: “Buy when there’s blood in the streets, even if the blood is your own.” As it turned out, buying shares exactly a year ago today would have been an excellent decision. As I write, the FTSE 100 hovers around 6,706 points. That’s a gain of more than 1,700 points since Meltdown Monday’s closing low. If you’d bought the FTSE 100 at that day’s close, you would be up more than a third (34.3%) today. Not all FTSE 100 shares have recovered Of course, as a broad market index, the FTSE 100 tells us nothing about the performance of individual members. As you’d expect, some shares did spectacularly well, while others fell badly behind. Since Meltdown Monday, 93 of the 101 shares in the FTSE 100 index have gained in value. The average gain across all 93 risers is an impressive 60%. At the other end of the spectrum, eight stocks fell in value over one year. The average loss among these eight laggards is 6.2%, with losses ranging from 0.3% to 15%. Alas, unfortunately for me, my largest individual shareholding languishes at #100/101 in this list. Oops. These were the best shares to buy a year ago For the record, these five FTSE 100 shares have made the biggest gains since 23 March 2020: Entain (Betting & gambling) +329.3% Ashtead Group (Equipment rental) +195.5% Antofagasta (Mining) +163.5% Intermediate Capital Group (Asset management) +160.9% Flutter Entertainment (Betting & gambling) +158.6% As you can see, each of these five winners has absolutely thrashed the FTSE 100’s 34.3% gain since Meltdown Monday. Gains for these five champions range from almost 159% at Flutter to a whopping almost 330% at Entain. Interestingly, both of these index-beating stocks are active in the same market: betting and gambling. When the UK went into lockdown a year ago, high-street bookmakers were forced to close. As a result, sports betting and gambling migrated online, boosting returns for gaming companies. Of the remaining three gainers, Ashtead is a leader in renting out industrial equipment, largely in the US, UK and Canada. Its share price almost halved during the Covid-19 crisis, but has roared back to hit an all-time high, nearing £43. Antofagasta (known as ‘Fags’ in the City) is a leading copper miner, with huge operations in Chile. With the price of copper almost doubling over the past year (up 86.8%), Fags is riding high. Lastly, alternative-asset manager ICG provides funds to growing companies. Its services are growing fast as firms scramble to shore up their balance sheets. Would I buy any of these shares today? My honest answer is: I don’t know. As a veteran value investor, I prefer to hunt for unloved and overlooked shares with potential for future growth. Given that these five FTSE 100 stocks have all exploded over the past year, I suspect that none would make my watchlist today. 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 Passive income investing: my 4 steps to go from £0 to £500 a month 1 passive income stock I’d buy before the Stocks & Shares ISA deadline The Yu share price is up 400% in 1 year! Should I buy now? 1 stock I’d buy and 1 I’d avoid for my Stocks and Shares ISA FTSE 100: 3 of the best shares to buy today Cliffdarcy has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of Flutter Entertainment. 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: these were the best shares to buy in the market crash a year ago! appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.
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  13. Why I’d drip-feed £500 a month into cheap FTSE 250 shares in an ISA starting today (18/02/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    Buying FTSE 250 shares could prove to be a profitable long-term strategy. The index continues to trade lower than it did a year ago. This suggests there may be opportunities to buy undervalued shares in high-quality businesses. Furthermore, the index’s larger weighting towards the UK compared to the FTSE 100 could provide it with scope for a strong recovery. The vaccine rollout may prompt a return to improved operating conditions for many UK-focused businesses. That makes a regular investment in domestic businesses relatively profitable in the coming years. Buying FTSE 250 shares today FTSE 250 shares could offer good value for money because the index trades lower than it did prior to the 2020 stock market crash. In fact, it’s currently around 5% down on its price from a year ago. Some stocks within the index are trading at significantly larger discounts to their prices 12 months ago. This could mean that FTSE 250 stocks offer good value for money at the present time. Looking ahead, the UK economy is widely anticipated to return to strong growth over the long run. It declined by nearly 10% in 2020, and the 2021 lockdown is likely to weigh on its performance in the first part of the year. But its prospects as the coronavirus pandemic wanes could become increasingly positive. Since the FTSE 250 relies on the UK for around half of its income, versus less than a third for the FTSE 100, it could be a sound means of benefitting from a likely UK economic recovery. The track record of the stock market Buying FTSE 250 shares has been a relatively profitable move in the past. Clearly, this is no guarantee of future returns. The past is never repeated perfectly in future. However, the index has returned around 9% per annum on a total return basis over the last 20 years. This suggests that buying shares in mid-cap companies on a regular basis could prove to be a sound move over the long run. Even if an investor matches the stock market’s performance over a similar timeframe, they could turn a realistic monthly investment into a surprisingly large sum. This could make a positive impact on their financial situation over the long run. For example, investing £500 per month at an annual return of 9% would produce a portfolio valued at around £335,000 over a 20-year time period. As such, with many FTSE 250 shares trading at low prices versus their historic averages at the present time, now could be an opportune moment to start buying them. As ever, there’s no guarantee of any positive future returns from any company. However, with a solid track record of growth, low valuations and a likely recovery for the UK economy ahead, mid-cap shares could well offer impressive total returns in the coming years. 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 2 of the best UK and US shares I’d buy in an ISA today and hold for 10 years As the Unilever share price continues to fall, I’m still buying the stock Why I’d buy dividend shares now to capitalise on a stock market recovery The RDSB share price is down 29% over the last 12 months. Here’s what I’d do Why sterling is rising, and what it means for you 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 Why I’d drip-feed £500 a month into cheap FTSE 250 shares in an ISA starting today appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.
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  14. Best shares to buy now: 2 FTSE 100 stocks I’m buying (30/05/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    I think some of the best shares to buy now are located in the FTSE 100. And I’m putting my money where my mouth is. Over the past few weeks, I have been buying three blue-chip stocks, which now form the foundations of my portfolio.  Best shares to buy now The first company on my list is Reckitt (LSE: RKT). This enterprise has reported strong sales growth during the pandemic. During the first quarter, revenue rose 4.1% on a like-for-like basis. A strong performance in the group’s hygiene division, which accounts for around 80% of revenue, helped drive overall sales higher. What’s more, thanks to increased investment in e-commerce over the past year, online sales were 24% higher. As a result, online sales now account for 13% of overall revenues.  Going forward, the company is planning to invest £2bn in research development to discover new products. I think that investment should help drive sales growth for years to come. The company is also looking for buyers for its underperforming Chinese infant child nutrition business, which has been a consistent underperformer. Based on these growth and restructuring initiatives, I have been buying the stock for my portfolio today.  One critical risk hanging over the stock is debt. At 2.4 times underlying cash profits, debt is a bit on the high side, I feel. A sudden increase in interest rates or increase in costs could impact debt affordability. This may cause problems across the company. Another risk is the possibility that the Chinese infant nutrition business does not find any buyers. That could leave the company with this struggling division.  Despite these risks and challenges, I think this FTSE 100 consumer goods business is one of the best shares to buy now. That’s why I have been adding it to my portfolio recently.  FTSE 100 growth Another stock I have been buying his FTSE 100 insurance group Admiral (LSE: ADM).  This is not the largest insurance company in the country, but it is the most efficient. It has been able to leverage technology and its understanding of customers to improve customer service and efficiency.  According to its employees, the business is also one of the best places to work in the UK.  As well as this accolade, the company is also incredibly well managed. It has recently been diversifying away from the mature UK insurance market. The group is expanding into loans and the car insurance market overseas.  Overall, I think this is one of the best shares to buy now, considering its potential. Admiral has conquered the UK insurance market. It’s now focusing its efforts overseas.  Of course, it’s unlikely to be plain sailing for the group as it tries to conquer new markets. For example, many UK businesses have struggled to enter America. Admiral may be no different. This could be the most considerable risk the company faces today. An overzealous expansion programme could lump the group with significant liabilities and costs, holding back growth.  Even after taking this risk into account, I have recently bought more of the FTSE 100 stock for my portfolio. I continue to believe this is one of the best shares to buy now, considering its growth potential.  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 FTSE 100 shares I’d buy for large and growing dividends Will the Admiral share price reach £35? 3 of the best FTSE 100 stocks to buy today The FTSE 100 is falling: three 7% dividend yield shares I’d buy now 3 of the best cheap UK stocks to buy in an ISA! Rupert Hargreaves owns shares in Admiral Group and Reckitt. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Admiral 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 Best shares to buy now: 2 FTSE 100 stocks I’m buying appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.
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  15. The FTSE 100 index: the best shares to buy now (28/02/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    The FTSE 100 index is made up of the UK’s top blue-chip companies. I think some of the best shares to buy now can also be found in this flagship market.  With that in mind, here are a section of FTSE 100 stocks that I would buy for my portfolio right now.  Best shares to buy now Whenever I look for possible investments, I like to consider their past performance and future potential. While past performance should never be used as a guide to future potential, I think looking at a company’s past performance can tell us something about its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.  One FTSE 100 index company that has an outstanding growth record is Admiral. One of the country’s largest car insurers, this business has been relentlessly focused on customer service since its founding. I think this has helped the organisation capture a significant share of the UK car insurance market. And as long as this focus on customer service continues, I reckon the business will continue to attract customers.  Unfortunately, that won’t guarantee success. Insurance can be an unpredictable business. A large storm or pandemic can and has uprooted the financial plans of many insurance companies. Admiral will always face these threats. Nevertheless, I’m comfortable with the risk of investing here. That’s why I would buy the stock for my portfolio today.  FTSE 100 index income  I would also buy M&G. This wealth management group has struggled to attract investor attention over the past year. I think that could be an opportunity. The company’s brand is recognised the world over, which is a strong competitive advantage. It has also shown a willingness to return large amounts of cash to investors when times are good. Analysts believe the group could return as much as 17.4p per share in dividends this year. That suggests a dividend yield of nearly 9% on the current share price. This distribution is far from guaranteed, however, as it is only a prediction. The company faces plenty of risks to its growth as well. Challenges such as increasing costs and regulatory demands may hurt profit. That would limit M&G’s ability to meet these dividend targets.  Defence contractor BAE Systems is another corporation in the FTSE 100 index I’d add to my portfolio today. I think this defence contractor offers certainty in uncertain times. The company signs multi-year defence contracts with countries around the world. These contracts guarantee a revenue stream for years and, as they are backed by countries, it’s unlikely the buyer will become bankrupt. That said, this business isn’t without its risk. Some investors may not want to be part of the defence industry. BAE is also at risk from potential lawsuits because it operates in quite a legally sensitive sector. There are also limits on who it can and can’t sell products to, which could hit growth in the long term. The company has managed to navigate these challenges in the past, but that does not mean that it will continue to do so as we advance.  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 FTSE 100 stocks: is Admiral Group a dividend stock I’d buy? My 2 favourite FTSE 100 stocks right now £2k to invest? I’d buy these 2 cheap FTSE 100 stocks ahead of the recovery My 3 favourite dividend shares right now FTSE 100: 2 cheap shares I’d add to my Stocks and Shares ISA today Rupert Hargreaves owns shares in Admiral Group. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Admiral 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 FTSE 100 index: the best shares to buy now appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.
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  16. ARK saw today as a buying opportunity for PLTR (17/02/2021 - Reddit Stocks)
    Cathie and ARK bought about 1.6M shares of PLTR today on the earnings price drop. It is still only a ~1.2% weight in ARKW after the purchase, so it is not a huge holding (#32 in the fund), but this was a ~67% increase in shares held. Yes it is a speculative investment but I see this as another positive sign for the future of Palantir.   submitted by   /u/FF_Junkie [link]   [comments]
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  17. UK shares to buy today: 2 FTSE 100 stocks I’d acquire right now (30/04/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    As the UK economy reopens, I’ve been searching for the best UK shares to buy today. I think there are many bargains to be had in the FTSE 100. With that in mind, here are two blue-chip stocks I’d buy for my portfolio right now.  UK shares to buy today Around 70% of the FTSE 100’s profits come from outside the UK. Therefore, finding UK-focused companies in the index isn’t straightforward. But there are a couple of businesses that have more exposure than most.  B&Q owner Kingfisher (LSE: KGF) earned around 70% of its retail profit from its UK retail premises in its financial year ended 31 January. The company reported strong growth across the business thanks, in part, to the booming DIY market. Sales across the group increased nearly 7% overall in the year. UK and Ireland sales rose 11%.  I think this trend could continue, which is why I’d buy the FTSE 100 stock today. The working-from-home trend, coupled with the roaring housing market, should continue to drive demand for DIY goods and equipment. As one of the largest related retailers in the country, Kingfisher’s flagship business, B&Q, should benefit substantially from this trend.  That said, before the pandemic, Kingfisher had been struggling to grow sales for years. It could go back to this state if the housing boom runs out of steam and workers are called back to offices. In my opinion, these are the primary challenges facing the business right now.  Still, at the moment, it doesn’t seem as if the market is going to slow in the near term. That’s why I believe this is one of the best UK shares to buy today and why I’d acquire the FTSE 100 stock for my portfolio.  FTSE 100 growth  I have to say Rightmove (LSE: RMV) is one of my favourite FTSE 100 stocks. The company’s property portal is one of the UK’s most recognisable property brands. It’s also one of the most visited websites in the country.  The organisation’s profit slumped 37% last year. According to management, this decline reflected “support offered to our customers” throughout the pandemic. However, the company is expected to experience a rapid turnaround in 2021. Current analyst projections are forecasting earnings growth of 62% for the year, which implies the firm is on track to earn a net profit of £176m. Net profit for 2019 was £173m.  These are just projections at this stage. There’s no guarantee the business will hit these targets. Another coronavirus wave, or an increase in interest rates, could destabilise the housing market, hurting both buyers, sellers and agents. Rightmove’s earnings would almost certainly suffer in this case.  Even after taking these risks into account, I believe Rightmove is one of the best UK shares to buy today. It’s also one of the few pure-play tech businesses in the FTSE 100. As a way to gain exposure to the fast-growing tech sector, Rightmove is one of my favourite options as well.  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 Where will the IAG share price go next? Why easyJet, BP and Rolls-Royce shares are among Q1’s most traded The Saga share price is up 69%! I still think the stock’s cheap 3 UK reopening stocks I’d buy and look to hold for 10 years ISA investing: this is what I’m doing about the Next share price right now! Rupert Hargreaves owns no share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Rightmove. 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 UK shares to buy today: 2 FTSE 100 stocks I’d acquire right now appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.
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  18. 2 UK shares to buy today in a Stocks & Shares ISA (15/02/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    The world is a very different place compared with this day one year ago. Covid-19 was spreading rapidly throughout Europe, but the alarm was relatively low in the UK. Fast-forward to today, and after several lockdowns and the UK economy shrinking a record 9.9% during 2020, many might think that opportunity in the stock market is limited. I still see a lot of value in buying UK shares in a Stocks and Shares ISA, though. A Stocks and Shares ISA allows me to invest my money in the stock market, rather than having it sit as cash in my bank account. UK citizens have an allowance of £20,000 for the tax year in which they can receive tax breaks. While there is more risk involved than in a Cash ISA, Stocks and Shares ISAs can be a good way to get started in the stock market. But what UK shares would I add to my ISA today? While the FTSE 100 is down in the last 12 months, I think these three companies could represent a buying opportunity. Bargain hunting One UK share which seems to have benefited from the impact of the pandemic is B&M European Value Retail (LSE:BME). The discount store owner announced a special dividend payout of £200m in January, working out at 20p a share. That payout was in response to revenue growth of 22.5% in the group’s third quarter. The general retailer’s sales have surged since Covid-19 hit, as its shops remained open as an essential goods supplier.  B&M has also seen sales increase as most of its stores operate in retail parks as opposed to town centres, which have been adversely affected. That said, the shares have already risen 48% over the last year and the risk is that they are close to their peak. B&M is also at risk from rising inflation as its margins can be hurt by distribution costs.  I’d still buy B&M, however, as its outlook remains strong. I think budget retail is only like to improve as the financial fallout of Covid-19 continues.  Spirited recovery Beer and spirits maker Diageo (LSE:DGE) is another UK share I’d add to my Stocks and Shares ISA at the moment. While ongoing restrictions on the hospitality sector have had a major impact on sales of beer, Diageo’s spirit sales have gone up in key markets due to good off-trade performance. My feeling is that pubs and restaurants will start to creep open in the months ahead as the vaccine rollout gathers pace. I think this will ultimately return the Guinness owner to its pre-Covid-19 price of around 3,200p. There is a risk that further mutations of the virus could lead to further closures in 2020 and beyond. That could hurt the Diageo shares depending on the severity of the restrictions.  For now I see enough upside from the current 3,035p price to add Diageo to my Stocks and Shares ISA. 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 The Diageo share price is falling, but I’d still buy this top FTSE 100 stock Should I sell my Diageo shares today? FTSE 100 stocks: here’s why I’m buying these 2 growth shares I think these are the best shares I could buy now to make money from the stock market Here’s why I think this FTSE 100 stock could be among the best shares to buy today conorcoyle owns shares of Diageo. The Motley Fool UK has recommended B&M European Value and Diageo. 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 UK shares to buy today in a Stocks & Shares ISA appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.
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  19. Rate my port? (14/02/2021 - Reddit Stocks)
    Should I sell my RY, ENB, CM and just buy some ETFs? ​ VOO 31 shares QQQ 27 shares RY.TO 48 shares ENB.TO 100 shares CM.TO 38 shares VGRO.TO 92 shares ARKK 10 shares VFV.TO 11 shares XUU.TO 22 shares ARKG 3 shares XIT.TO 7 shares VCN.TO 9 shares   submitted by   /u/FeignNewb [link]   [comments]
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  20. 2 shares to buy today for my Stocks and Shares ISA (03/03/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    The pandemic has had a significant effect on UK shares. Some stocks have gained over the last 12 months, while many others have seen their value fall. Looking at FTSE 100 shares, for the most part stocks are still trading lower than they were 12 months ago, just as the pandemic was beginning to take hold in the UK. There have been signs of a recovery in the last few months, however, with the index gaining 33% since its low of 4,993p in March 2020. I still think there are some UK shares to buy today which I would add to my Stocks and Shares ISA. UK citizens have an allowance of £20,000 for the tax year in which they can receive with an ISA.  While there is more risk involved than in a Cash ISA, I think a Stocks and Shares ISA can be a good way to get started in the stock market. Here’s two shares I’d buy today for my Stocks and Shares ISA. Rio Tinto Mining giant Rio Tinto (LSE:RIO) is a company with a strong record of growth over the years. Its share price has gained more than 220% over the last five years. In a recent trading update, Rio Tinto announced it would be paying out a record dividend of $3.09 per share in addition to a special dividend of 93 cents per share. The company also said its full-year profits had climbed 22%, as strong demand for iron ore led to an increase in the price of the commodity.  If the global economy is able to return to some sort of normality over the next 12 months, I think this demand could grow even faster and boost Rio Tinto’s profits and share price even further. The major risk is that commodity markets such as iron ore can often be cyclical in nature. As Rio Tinto is experiencing significant growth right now based on soaring iron prices, a fall in these prices is certainly possible.  Intermediate Capital Group The Intermediate Capital Group (LSE:ICP) share price suffered a decline last week, but the shares have performed solidly in recent years. The stock has gained more than 10% over the last 12 months, while that figure is just short of 70% over the last two years. The asset manager entered the FTSE 100 after a period of sustained growth, and has continued that form to see its market capitalisation edge over £5bn. Assets under management, a key measure of growth for those in the sector, have consistently grown for the business. In a January trading update, the company reported total assets under management rose 2% in the three months to 31 December, to €47.2bn. Intermediate Capital says it is “well positioned to continue this trajectory” and if that is the case I think its share price can also continue to grow. On that basis I would add it to my list of shares to buy today. Like other financial services firms, the company is subject to economic weakness due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Its profits have been underwhelming at times over the last few years, so there is a risk to buying the shares right now. 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 Stock market rally: I’d invest £2,000 today in these top UK shares Why I’d shun this high-yielding FTSE 100 stock that ticks a lot of investors’ boxes 1 FTSE 100 stock from my best shares to buy now list 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 shares to buy today for my Stocks and Shares ISA appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.
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  21. The Cineworld share price is tumbling today. Could it be a contrarian FTSE buy? (25/03/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    It’s been more than a year since I went to a Cineworld (LSE:CINE) cinema. Today saw preliminary full-year results released by the FTSE 250 firm. I wasn’t expecting much but I was surprised to see the Cineworld share price lose nearly 10% today so far, as I write. Is there an opportunity here for the VERY long term? Cineworld share price woes I could buy shares in Cineworld for 181p per share in mid-February 2020. By the end of March, shares were trading for a paltry 36p per share. This is a mammoth 80% drop. Since that low point, the Cineworld share price has fluctuated with restrictions easing over the summer and then going back into lockdown. The news of Covid-19 vaccinations signalled a potential lifeline for the beleaguered FTSE 250 firm too. Less than two weeks ago, shares were trading for 122p per share but it seems recent preliminary results have hit the share price hard once more. Preliminary results Cineworld has been forced to close it sites from mid-March last year. Naturally, results and performance will reflect this, but I think they are worse than first anticipated.  Revenue fell by over 80% to just over $850m. A mammoth loss of £3bn for 2020 will have played a part in the Cineworld share price falling sharply today. In 2019 it reported a pre-tax profit of over $210m. The FTSE 250 firm did attempt to reduce costs and preserve cash, however. Despite these measures, it was forced to seek funding to keep the lights on. It brought in over $800m in additional liquidity. Furthermore, it today announced an additional $231m from investors to see it through 2021. To provide a snapshot of just how much the last 12 months or so has affected Cineworld, it reported that there were just over 50m ticket admissions over this results period. The previous year, there were 275m. A FTSE contrarian investment or one to avoid? The Cineworld share price has been battered and bruised over the past 12 months. But with its sharp decline today, I’m trying to think about post-Covid-19 life and trading for CINE and whether I could pick up a great reopening contrarian buy. I do believe Cineworld will experience pent up demand. Many people are itching to enjoy the silver screen experience once more. In addition to this, there are lots of blockbuster movies that have been delayed and will come out once normality resumes so there could be a surge in performance at that time. Furthermore, Cineworld reported theatrical industry in other parts of the world has performed well since reopening. These include China, Japan, and Australia. Overall, I am not confident enough in the Cineworld share price or its overall investment viability right now. I do acknowledge its dip today was slightly more than expected, which presents a potential opportunity. Cinemas may also have a battle on their hands to regain customers from streaming giants who have gained so much more traction in the pandemic period. I don’t view Cineworld as a FTSE contrarian buy. In fact, if I am looking to invest in something a bit different, here is one stock I prefer and think will benefit from reopening. 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 The Cineworld share price bounces back from 88p! Would I buy this stock today? Here’s why Cineworld share price is crashing today This is why I’d ignore the Cineworld share price and buy other cheap UK shares! 1 stock I’d buy and 1 I’d avoid for my Stocks and Shares ISA Cineworld shares dip on reopening news: what I’d do now Jabran Khan 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 The Cineworld share price is tumbling today. Could it be a contrarian FTSE buy? appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.
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  22. FTSE 100 investing: 2 bargain buys I’d consider today (25/02/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    A slew of FTSE 100 companies have released their results today, but investors are not impressed with all of them. Curiously enough, this is despite their posting decent results or their long-term prospects. I think this makes it a good time to consider buying these shares at a bargain. Here are two of them.  #1. Hikma Pharmaceuticals: defensives drop The FTSE 100 drug manufacturer Hikma Pharmaceuticals (LSE:HIK) turned in a broadly robust set of numbers for 2020 today.  Its revenue is up 6% and operating profit has risen by 17%. It has also increased its dividend amount by 15%. Its earnings per share are down, but I would be more worried if this was reflected in the dividends, which it is not. Hikma is also optimistic in its outlook for 2021. Yet, its share price is down almost 6% as I write. I reckon this is for two reasons. One, defensives are out of favour. AstraZeneca, for example, is down 25% from the highs seen in July last year. Hikma too, has witnessed a broad share price softening since the market rally started.  Two, in my observation it sometimes takes a day or two before the results’ impact shows up on the share price. I think that might be the case with Hikma, though other explanations are possible too. For instance, its operating profit is below analysts’ forecasts. We will know more soon.  In the meantime, I think it is a good stock to buy. Actually, going by its financials, any time is a good time to buy it, but more so now when its share price is down. There is, of course, the risk that defensives will remain out of favour as stock markets stay elevated. That would mean that its share price could continue to remain weak.  But I see little chance of that happening.  Hikma shares have a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of around 10 times right now. As other stocks start looking expensive, I reckon investors will circle back around to the likes of bargain buys like HIK. #2. Mondi: FTSE 100 long-term play The FTSE 100 packaging and paper provider Mondi (LSE: MNDI) released its results too, resulting in a small share price drop. Both its revenues and profits have been impacted in 2020, but I think of Mondi as a long-term play. Its fortunes are tied to the online sales market, which is really the way we will shop in the future. Digital sales have boomed in 2020, acclerating the process. This has positively impacted companies from e-grocers like Ocado to warehousers like Segro. MNDI is no different, which could otherwise have suffered far more in a lockdown.  I think over time it will benefit even more. Investors clearly think so too, going by the fact that its share price recently touched multi-year highs. Moreover, its P/E is still at 11 times right now, indicating that it is a bargain buy compared to many other peers. I think it will start rising again.  The risk I see here is that MNDI is that it may take a while to get its financial act back together. Till then its share price could really languish.  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 two FTSE 100 UK shares on merger rumours? UK stock investing: the best FTSE 100 growth share to buy now 3 UK shares I’d buy right now in my ISA Manika Premsingh owns shares of AstraZeneca and Ocado Group. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Hikma Pharmaceuticals. 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 investing: 2 bargain buys I’d consider today appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.
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  23. 3 FTSE 100 shares I’d buy today with £3,000 (27/05/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    If I had £3,000 to invest in FTSE 100 shares, I would start by running the rule over the following three stocks. They have made it through the pandemic in decent shape, and look like strong long-term buy-and-holds to me. Defence manufacturer BAE Systems (LSE: BA) has long been one of my favourite FTSE 100 shares. It looks cheap trading at just over 11 times earnings, and that offers me a tempting buying opportunity. Its civil aerospace division, which makes parts for Boeing, was hit hard by Covid travel bans, but a more robust defence market has compensated. Globally, military spending is expected to rise 2.6% this year. Management now expects profits to increase by more than 10% this year, with revenues up 5%-7%. The defence and aerospace engineer looks like a key portfolio hold, offering both capital growth and income. It has quickly restored its dividend, after cutting it during the first lockdown, and now offers a yield of 4.7%, covered 1.9 times by earnings. I’d buy these three FTSE 100 shares One worry is that commercial aviation still faces strong headwinds, hitting demand for plane parts. Supply chain interruptions could push up costs. Net debt has jumped from £743m to £2.7bn, after the company paid down its pension obligations. I’m not too worried by that, though, and would happily invest £1,000 in BAE Systems today. I think there are some tempting FTSE 100 shares in the housebuilding sector too, notably Vistry Group (LSE: VTY). It has enjoyed a rip-roaring six months, its share price rising 50% in that time. The five-year figure is a more modest 34%. Inevitably, Vistry has benefited from the UK house price boom. This was reflected in recent strong underlying pre-tax profits of around £325m, outstripping guidance of £310m. Weekly private sales are up 21% on last year. The group has restored its dividend and yields 3.9%, with cover of 2.4 giving scope for further growth. Yet the market values the stock at just 10.7 times forecast earnings. I’d buy these shares for the long term The UK housing rally cannot go on forever, and prices could slow after the stamp duty holiday and furlough schemes expire. The rising costs of materials are also a worry, but this remains one of my favourite FTSE 100 shares and I would invest £1,000 in it today. Global spirits giant Diageo (LSE: DGE) has been one of the most reliable FTSE 100 shares of recent years. Management now predicts 14% operating profit growth, following a “good recovery” in its prime North American market. It will reward investors by resuming its £4.5bn share buyback and special dividend programme, even though the travel ban continues to hit duty-free sales. This could be a little premature, given that the company’s net debt is at the top end of its intended range. Another concern is that the stock isn’t cheap, trading at 29.2 times forward earnings. I don’t normally buy FTSE 100 shares with such a high valuation, but I’m happy to make Diageo an honourable exception. If I had more cash at my disposal, I’d consider this too. 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 Best shares to buy for income? I’d pick these FTSE 100 stocks 2 FTSE 100 stocks to consider buying this bank holiday weekend What’s happening to the Diageo share price? 2 UK shares I like Diageo shares rise but could this reopening play make further gains? Harvey Jones has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Diageo. 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 3 FTSE 100 shares I’d buy today with £3,000 appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.
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  24. UK shares to buy now: 2 FTSE 100 stocks I own (10/04/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    I own a wide variety of UK shares. However, I’ve recently bought more of my two favourite FTSE 100 stocks, as I believe they’re attractively priced. Here’s why I’m putting more of my money into these businesses.  UK shares to buy now The first company is British American Tobacco (LSE: BATS). Due to the ethical considerations surrounding tobacco, this stock might not be suitable for all investors. Cigarette sales around the world seem to be in terminal decline. Policymakers are doing everything they can to stop consumers smoking as a public health issue. These headwinds could slow British American’s growth in the long run.  Ethical considerations aside, I think this stock is incredibly attractive from an income perspective. Although cigarette consumption has been declining for decades, this hasn’t stopped British American’s growth. The company has used a careful combination of steady price increases and operational efficiency initiatives to improve profit margins and increase profits.  As each cigarette’s production cost is incredibly low compared to the sale price, the company earns fat returns on equity and profit margins. This has allowed management to pay out healthy dividends. For example, last year, the group returned nearly £5bn to investors, or 210p per share. Current estimates suggest the company will pay investors a dividend of 218p per share this year, implying the stock offers a dividend yield of 7.9%. This is just a forecast at this stage.  Unfortunately, due to the risks outlined above, there’s no guarantee this level of income will continue. Still, considering the company’s past performance, I’d buy more of the FTSE 100 business for my portfolio today, considering its income potential. FTSE 100 growth  The second company I’m considering buying more of for my portfolio is Reckitt Benckiser (LSE: RB).  This consumer goods company, which specialises in cleaning products, has made several strategic missteps over the past few years. The biggest of these was the $16.6bn deal to buy Mead Johnson in 2017. The US-headquartered division runs a range of infant formula brands, including Enfamil, Enfapro and Lactum. The deal was supposed to help the company crack the Chinese market for infant formula, but it hasn’t lived up to expectations. As a result, Reckitt’s new management is reported to be looking for buyers for Mead Johnson’s Chinese division.  Reckitt has also attracted criticism for not investing enough in its brands. It’s planning to rectify this with higher levels of investment as we advance.  Put simply, it looks to me as if Reckitt is trying to correct its past issues. That’s why I’d buy more of the stock today.  Of course, the company will face risks and challenges. Even though management is looking to invest more in the group’s product range, that doesn’t mean growth will accelerate overnight. There’s also no guarantee the company won’t make other mistakes. More costly strategic errors could put investors off the business, weighing on the share price. But I’m willing to take those risks on board and add to my investment. 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 2 FTSE 100 stocks I’d buy 2 leading UK shares I would buy today – at last year’s price UK shares to buy now: 3 I think can double my money in 3 years Three 6%+ yielding FTSE 100 UK shares I’d pick today 2 FTSE 100 shares with 8% yields I’d buy for an ISA today Rupert Hargreaves owns shares in British American Tobacco and Reckitt Benckiser. 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 UK shares to buy now: 2 FTSE 100 stocks I own appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.
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  25. UK investing: why I’d buy FTSE 100 shares today (16/02/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    I believe buying FTSE 100 shares is a great UK investing strategy for the long term.  But it’s not just the long term I’m interested in today. I believe a basket of these blue-chip stocks could be the perfect way for me to play the coronavirus recovery boom over the next few years as the world moves on from the pandemic and starts to rebuild.  FTSE 100 shares There are a couple of reasons I would buy FTSE 100 shares over any other investment. These are some of the largest companies in the world, for a start. That means they have certain qualities that smaller businesses might lack. For example, they have larger international footprints, more substantial balance sheets and better access to resources. That’s not to say that small businesses do not have these qualities, many do, but I believe larger enterprises are easier to analyse.  Larger businesses also tend to have high-quality management. This usually means they make fewer mistakes, which can be costly for investors.  Any UK investing strategy should always use a mix of both small-cap stocks and large FTSE 100 businesses. This will increase the level of diversification across the portfolio. However, such an approach may not be suitable for all investors. Investors with a lower level of risk tolerance, for example, might want to avoid smaller firms altogether. UK investing strategy I believe the sectors that are set to benefit most from the economic recovery after the pandemic are the materials and financial sectors. These sectors have a heavy weighting in the FTSE 100 and UK market in general. Still, I would stick with the blue-chip index for the reasons outlined above.  FTSE 100 shares such as mining groups BHP and Rio Tinto, look well placed to benefit from rising commodity prices over the next few years as the world builds back. That said, commodity prices can be highly volatile. Therefore, these businesses are unlikely to see a steady risk-free recovery. There will likely be some bumps along the way. Due to their exposure to the global economy, I would buy them for my portfolio.  At the same time, financial businesses such as NatWest and Barclays may benefit from improving investor sentiment. Many UK investing strategies have avoided these companies over the past 12 months due to their exposure to the UK economy. Analysts believed these institutions would suffer from increased loan losses and declining demand if the pandemic caused an economic shock. So far, the impact on these companies has been limited. That’s not to say there won’t be any negative impact at all. If the economy deteriorates further in the months ahead, these lenders will likely suffer. Still, as a way to play the UK economic recovery, I would buy these stocks for my portfolio despite the risks they face.  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 The Tesco share price: here’s what I’m doing now UK stock investing: 3 growth shares I’d buy right now Which UK and US stocks should I buy in February? Here’s how I’m targeting £1,000 a month from passive dividend income Rolls-Royce share price: why I’d follow the Archer Aviation SPAC Rupert Hargreaves owns no share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Barclays. 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 UK investing: why I’d buy FTSE 100 shares today appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.
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  26. I have shares I didn’t buy ... (07/04/2021 - Reddit Stocks)
    I woke up today with 16 shares added to my account that I didn’t buy... It shows total gain/loss and today’s gain/loss like normal But it doesn’t show any purchase history. None. I’m so confused. What should I do? Wait it out and see what happens? Contact my broker? TIA   submitted by   /u/dktaylor32 [link]   [comments]
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  27. Best shares to buy! This FTSE 100 stock is too cheap to ignore (31/05/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    Distribution and outsourcing group Bunzl (LSE: BNZL) regularly features on my list of best shares to buy, so I was interested to see its share price has dipped. Right now, the FTSE 100 stock trades at just 13.9 times earnings, cheap by its standards. I see this as an opportunity to buy it, then hold for the long term and beyond.  I have typically seen Bunzl as one of the best growth shares to buy, but today’s 3.9% yield makes it look like a tempting income stock too. The pandemic interrupted its proud record of dividend growth, but management quickly resumed shareholder payouts. You won’t find Bunzl’s products or services in the shops, and I suspect many private investors overlook its potential as a result. It sells groceries, food services, safety wear and cleaning products to companies, allowing them to cut costs, free up working capital, and simplify admin. One of the best shares to buy now? The Bunzl share price enjoyed an initial lift from the pandemic, because it also supplies ‘healthcare consumables’, including sanitisers, gloves and face shields. Covid-19 related orders totalled around £550m last year. If vaccines see off Covid, this demand may fade. This is a worry (for Bunzl) since sales of other products and services fell 5%. On the other hand, these may enjoy a revival if lockdowns ease. It seems to win either way. That is another reason why I see this is one of the best shares right now, and would buy despite current uncertainties. After excluding larger Covid-19 related orders, the group still expects a “moderate decline” in second-half organic revenue growth.  So why do I still think this is a great to buy now? I think Bunzl’s acquisition-led global growth strategy is a winner. It offers global diversification, strong cash flows and a robust balance sheet. Today’s low entry valuation is too tempting for this long-term fan to ignore. I’m also a fan of global information services company Experian (LSE: EXPN), it is expensive trading at a thumping 37.2 earnings. I still think it is one of the best shares on the FTSE 100, but would be reluctant to buy today. This FTSE 100 stock is a bit pricey The Experian share price has more than doubled over five years. It has been climbing in recent months, after posting a 14% jump in annual profits to $1.08bn, despite Covid. Statutory revenue edged up 4% to $5.37bn. Banks worldwide rely on Experian’s massive consumer database to make lending decisions, and around 90% renew their contracts each year. It has two large rivals in Equifax and TransUnion, but high barriers to entry will deter others, maintaining pricing power. Experian could take a hit if the pandemic drags on or property prices crash, and demand for credit falls. While I don’t see that as a major threat, it may not be the best share to buy at at today’s pricey valuation. I would rather pop it on my watch list and buy if it dips. I’d also consider this stock. 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 Top British stocks for June UK shares to buy: 2 FTSE 100 stocks I’d acquire 3 FTSE 100 shares to buy today 2 UK shares I think Warren Buffett would buy today Harvey Jones has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Bunzl and Experian. 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 Best shares to buy! This FTSE 100 stock is too cheap to ignore appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.
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  28. Stock market rally: 2 FTSE 100 shares I think may be among the best shares to buy today (12/02/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    Investing money in FTSE 100 shares after the recent stock market rally could still be a shrewd move. The index continues to trade around 15% down on its record high. Therefore, there appears to be scope for further capital gains after its recent rise. Of course, no gains can ever be taken for granted when it comes to investing money in shares. The stock market can fall heavily – as the 2020 stock market crash showed. It can also decline without any prior warning. However, on a long-term view, the FTSE 100 has a long track record of growth. As such, these two shares could be worth buying in a diverse portfolio. FTSE 100 shares to capitalise on a global economic recovery Many FTSE 100 shares have international operations that could benefit from a global economic recovery. Among them is mining company Rio Tinto. Its financial performance is closely linked to the prospects for the world economy. So, as it’s forecast to return to strong growth in 2021 and 2022 as the end of the pandemic comes more into focus, operating conditions for the mining sector could improve. Despite this prospect, Rio Tinto appears to offer good value for money at the present time. The company has a dividend yield of around 5.5%. This suggests it could offer a margin of safety. Clearly, no dividend is ever guaranteed. Especially from a cyclical industry such as the mining sector. Similarly, the company’s performance could be impacted by unforeseen risks and circumstances that are difficult to accurately predict. However, with a solid balance sheet and major investment programme, the company’s prospects could be relatively bright compared to other FTSE 100 shares. As such, it may offer sound total returns versus the wider index. A growth opportunity in a stock market rally Other FTSE 100 shares could benefit from a long-term stock market rally. For example, Taylor Wimpey may deliver improving sales and profit growth as a result of a stronger economic performance. It could drive improving consumer confidence that has a positive impact on demand for new homes. Meanwhile, a shortage of supply may have a positive impact on the performance of housebuilders. Furthermore, low interest rates may help to make housing more affordable. Clearly, risks such as affordability concerns and an uncertain economic outlook for the UK could weigh on the sector’s performance in future. Similarly, changes to the government’s Help to Buy scheme and stamp duty may cause Taylor Wimpey’s share price to be relatively volatile in the coming months, and even years. But the company’s price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio is around 11. This suggests many of these factors may have already been priced in by investors. And that could mean there’s scope for strong capital gains in the coming years relative to other FTSE 100 shares. 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 Stock market recovery: is it too late to make a passive income from cheap shares? I don’t care if experts are warning of a stock market crash, I’m buying cheap UK shares today 1 high-growth UK tech stock I’m watching in 2021 I was right about the GameStop share price. Here’s what I’m doing now 2 FTSE 100 shares I’d add to my Stocks and Shares ISA in February Peter Stephens owns shares of Rio Tinto and Taylor Wimpey. 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 Stock market rally: 2 FTSE 100 shares I think may be among the best shares to buy today appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.
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  29. I think these FTSE 100 stocks are 2 of the best shares to buy for my ISA (26/03/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    Commodity stocks now look like some of the best shares to buy for long-term income and growth. FTSE 100-listed mining companies have been booming lately, yet there could be more to come when the post-Covid-19 recovery takes off. Commodity stocks are leading the FTSE 100 today, with Glencore (LSE: GLEN) up 3.8% and Anglo American (LSE: AAL) rising 3.1%. Of course, one day’s growth proves nothing. What matters is what happens over 10 or 20 years or longer. That’s my investment time scale. Over such a lengthy term, I expect both Glencore and Anglo American to be among the best shares to buy for both share price growth and dividend income. Recent performance has been astonishing. Both stocks have doubled over the last year, despite the pandemic. Investors have been positioning themselves for the recovery, ever since last November’s vaccine breakthrough. China remains the prime source of demand for metals and minerals, and its economy is recovering fastest. The shift towards electric cars is also driving demand for iron ore and copper, the latter of which has just hit a 10-year high of more than $9,000 a tonne. I’d buy these 2 FTSE 100 stocks Despite recent strong share price growth, Glencore and Anglo American continue to look cheap today. Glencore trades at 10.6 times forecast earnings, while Anglo American trades at just 7 times earnings. From the valuation point of view, these look like some of the best shares to buy today. This is pricing in a lot of growth over the next year, though. If the recovery flounders and commodity demand slumps, both stocks could disappoint. The sector is famously cyclical, and we need further evidence of a global rebound for them to climb higher. Right now, this is in the balance, due to vaccine delays and mutant Covid strains. Personally, I remain optimistic. Even if lockdowns drag on, I think Glencore and Anglo American will fly in the longer run. My lengthy investment timeframe gives them plenty of opportunity to do so. As well as growth, these are attractive income stocks. Glencore recently resumed dividends and is now forecast to yield 4.1%, covered 2.3 times by earnings. Anglo American looks like one of the best shares to buy for income across the entire FTSE 100, with a forecast yield of 5.5% and cover of 2.5. Two of the best shares to buy The pandemic has taken its toll, of course. Glencore has seen revenues drop by a third but it has also cut net debt below $13bn, and is even considering a share buyback later this year. Anglo American has been hit by by falling diamond sales, Covid-19 lockdowns in South Africa, and operational problems in its coal and platinum divisions. Despite that, profits have been better than expected and it has lifted its dividend. Investing in the commodity sector can be very up and down, but I still think it contains some of the best shares to buy for income and growth. Glencore and Anglo American look like top ‘buy and hold’ stocks for my Stocks and Shares ISA allowance. I also like this one. 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 2 shares I’m adding to my Stocks and Shares ISA before the April deadline Harvey Jones 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 I think these FTSE 100 stocks are 2 of the best shares to buy for my ISA appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.
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  30. 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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  31. 2 FTSE 100 shares to buy today (23/02/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    While the FTSE 100 has had a good run since March, there are still a number of shares within the index I’d be happy to buy today. Here’s a look at two Footsie stocks that, in my view, have plenty of room for growth.  This FTSE 100 company just added 84,000 new customers One FTSE 100 company that looks attractive to me from an investment point of view today is Hargreaves Lansdown (LSE: HL). It operates the largest retail investment platform in the UK. I’m bullish here for a couple of reasons. Firstly, over the last year or so, interest in investing and trading has skyrocketed. This has benefitted Hargreaves Lansdown. However, it doesn’t seem to be reflected in the company’s share price. Over the last 12 months, HL’s share price has actually fallen 6%. Secondly, Britons need to save and invest more for retirement. As the UK’s largest investment platform, Hargreaves looks well-placed to benefit in the long run. The business posted a strong set of half-year results recently which showed the company has momentum right now. For the six months ended 31 December, revenue was up 16% to £299.5m, while diluted earnings per share were up 10% to 32p. Encouragingly, the company added 84,000 new customers over the period. That represents an increase of 68% on the number of customers it added in the same period in 2019. As a result of this performance, the company increased its dividend by 6%. There are risks to the investment case, of course. The threat of competition is one. One rival in particular that looks to be capturing market share is Trading 212. The stock’s forward-looking price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 26 also adds some valuation risk. Overall, however, I think the investment case is compelling. I’d buy this FTSE 100 share today. A work-from-home play Another FTSE 100 stock I like the look of right now is JD Sports Fashion (LSE: JD). It’s a leading sports fashion and footwear retailer that operates in the UK, Europe, the US, Asia, and Australia. JD Sports has a number of things going for it right now. Firstly, it’s benefiting from the increased focus on health and exercise, which is boosting demand for trainers and athleisure wear. Secondly, it’s benefiting from the work-from-home trend, which is boosting demand for loungewear. News from JD Sports has been encouraging recently. In a trading update posted on 11 January, the company said demand has remained robust throughout the second half of 2020 and that revenues for the 22-week period to 2 January were up 5% year-on-year. That’s pretty impressive when you consider many stores were closed at times during these periods. Additionally, the group said it was confident profit before tax for the full year to 30 January would be “significantly ahead” of the current market expectations. However, there are a couple of risks here I’m keeping a close eye on. One is the fact that companies like Nike are increasingly selling direct to consumers. This could impact JD in the future. The second is the group’s global expansion. These don’t always go to plan. All things considered however, I think this FTSE 100 share offers an attractive risk/reward proposition. The forward-looking P/E ratio of 23 seems quite reasonable, to my mind. I’d be happy to buy this stock for my portfolio today. 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 2 UK shares I’d buy in my Stocks and Shares ISA in March UK share investing: one of the best FTSE 100 stocks to buy now I’d buy these 2 FTSE 100 stocks for growth in an ISA UK share investing: 2 top stocks I’d buy in my Stocks and Shares ISA 2 Nick Train stocks I’d buy for my ISA today Edward Sheldon owns shares in Hargreaves Lansdown and JD Sports Fashion. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Nike. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Hargreaves Lansdown. 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  32. FTSE 100: 2 of the best UK shares to buy before the ISA deadline (07/03/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    Do you use a Stocks and Shares ISA to buy UK shares? If the answer is yes, and you want to make full use of your allowance before the end of the tax year, you’d better be quick. There’s just under a month left before you can max out your current £20,000 quota. And there’s a wide array of great shares to buy right now, in my opinion. Of course one doesn’t need to buy UK shares immediately. Just stashing money inside your tax-efficient ISA wrapper is enough to take advantage of this year’s allowance. But I for one won’t be delaying any decisions to add British stocks to my own portfolio. Here are two from the FTSE 100 I’d happily add to my own ISA today. I think they are great shares to buy for a long-term investor like me. #1: Car insurance colossus The uncertain economic outlook isn’t stopping me from continuing to buy UK shares. There are many great non-cyclical stocks to choose from today. And one of them on my list today is Admiral Group (LSE: ADM). This is because its 6.2% dividend yield for 2021 is one of the biggest on the FTSE 100. Having motor insurance is a legal requirement, and this means that profits at Admiral remain stable even during economic downturns. The company also has several mighty insurance brands like Elephant, Diamond, and Admiral itself which allow it to keep growing revenues. These brands seem to be rising in popularity and helped the broader group build its market share of new customers last year. As a consequence the insurer added 650,000 new customers to its books in 2020. Be warned, though, that a recent Financial Conduct Authority study threatens to take a big swipe out of Admiral’s profits. It recommends that UK insurance shares like this be stopped from charging existing customers more than new clients on their premiums, putting the practice of “price walking” to an end. #2: Another FTSE 100 share to buy I believe B&M European Value Retail (LSE: BME) is another one of the best shares to buy on the FTSE 100 today. The low-cost retailer’s fallen 10% from February’s record peaks, and I think this represents a prime dip-buying opportunity. Sales at this UK share are going from strength to strength as tough economic conditions put massive strain on shopping budgets. Indeed, B&M has in recent days significantly upgraded its full-year profits forecasts on the back of “strong revenue growth” in the final three months of 2020. That share price fall I mentioned at the top leaves B&M trading on a sub-1 forward price-to-earnings growth (PEG) reading of 0.2. This suggests that the market is currently undervaluing this UK share. It’s true that the company’s lack of an online presence could see it lose custom as broader e-commerce activity picks up. Still, I think this is still one of the best value shares I could buy right now. A Top Share with Enormous Growth Potential Savvy investors like you won’t want to miss out on this timely opportunity… Here’s your chance to discover exactly what has got our Motley Fool UK analyst all fired up about this ‘pure-play’ online business (yes, despite the pandemic!). Not only does this company enjoy a dominant market-leading position… But its capital-light, highly scalable business model has previously helped it deliver consistently high sales, astounding near-70% margins, and rising shareholder returns … in fact, in 2019 it returned a whopping £150m+ to shareholders in dividends and buybacks! And here’s the really exciting part… While COVID-19 may have thrown the company a curveball, management have acted swiftly to ensure this business is as well placed as it can be to ride out the current period of uncertainty… in fact, our analyst believes it should come roaring back to life, just as soon as normal economic activity resumes. That’s why we think now could be the perfect time for you to start building your own stake in this exceptional business – especially given the shares look to be trading on a fairly undemanding valuation for the year to March 2021. Click here to claim your copy of this special report now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top Growth Share… free of charge! More reading A UK dividend share I’d buy before the Stocks and Shares ISA deadline Stock market recovery: I’d invest in these 2 FTSE 100 shares today The FTSE 100 index: the best shares to buy now FTSE 100 stocks: is Admiral Group a dividend stock I’d buy? A popular FTSE 100 stock: would I buy shares in this company today? Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Admiral Group and B&M European Value. 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: 2 of the best UK shares to buy before the ISA deadline appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.
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  33. WKHS over 50% shorted right now.... (11/06/2021 - Reddit Stocks)
    ....and we have a fast-growing community (/WKHS) to support this high-potential company going forward. EVs, drones, and a stimulus bill coming that will probably quadruple their business. I'm long 5340 shares, SSR is in effect for today, and a BUNCH of short sellers will be scrambling to find shares today. If you've been paying attention, I think you know what that means......   submitted by   /u/Gregicon [link]   [comments]
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  34. Palantir Woes: Hey all how bad do you think this is for Palantir. Is it time to get out and rebuy later? (18/02/2021 - Reddit Stocks)
    Palantir's direct listing in September unusually included a lockup period, which expires today. Insiders were only allowed to sell 20% of their shares in the listing, which means the remaining 80% are open for trading today. Palantir shares are down 5.8% pre-market. Palantir has faced valuation concerns with shares closing yesterday at about 274% above its direct listing reference price. Soros Fund Management will continue exiting its position that amounted to 18.46M shares as of November, when the fund said it regretted the investment and "does not approve of Palantir's business practices." The fund said at the time it had sold all the shares it could and would keep selling.   submitted by   /u/Potential-Guide-9562 [link]   [comments]
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  35. I think these 2 dividend stocks could be among the best UK shares to buy today (09/02/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    Dividend stocks could be a means of obtaining a passive income in 2021. However, they may offer more than just a generous income return. Income shares could become more popular in an era where low interest rates may remain in place for a prolonged period of time. Furthermore, today’s high-yielding shares could offer good value for money, as well as dividend growth potential over the coming years. With that in mind, here are two FTSE 100 dividend shares that could be worth buying at the present time. An improving outlook relative to other dividend stocks SSE could become increasingly attractive relative to other dividend stocks in the next few years. The renewables-focused utility company recently updated the market on its performance. It remains on track to meet its guidance to deliver dividend growth that’s at or above inflation over the next few years. This could make the stock more appealing over the medium term because of the potential for inflation to move higher. A loose monetary policy may mean the price level increases at a faster pace in future than it has done in the past. Alongside the company’s 5.4% yield, this could make it an attractive FTSE 100 share to buy at the present time. A high-yielding UK share at a relatively low price While many UK shares have risen sharply in the recent stock market rally, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) isn’t among them. Its shares have continued to fall over recent months so that it’s now among the highest-yielding dividend stocks in the FTSE 100. Its 6% dividend yield could make it attractive from an income perspective, since many FTSE 100 shares have considerably lower yields at the present time. Certainly, its dividends have failed to rise in recent years on a per share basis. They could even come under pressure over the coming years as the company embarks on major structural and organisational changes. However, those changes could catalyse its financial performance over the long run, and may be priced in to the company’s valuation via a relatively high yield. Potential risks from buying income stocks Of course, dividend stocks don’t guarantee investors will receive any passive income. They could, for example, experience challenging operating conditions that restrict their ability to pay out profit to investors. Similarly, they may decide to retain capital in what remains a tough economic outlook. This could have a detrimental impact on their income prospects. However, with other assets potentially offering low returns in a low interest rate environment, dividend shares such as GSK and SSE could be attractive as part of a diverse portfolio of stocks. When combined with other companies, they may offer an attractive passive income that grows over the coming years. This could increase their appeal on a relative basis and allow them to command higher share prices that translate into impressive total returns for investors. 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 The BHP share price is fluctuating! Is this FTSE 100 mining stock worth buying? 2 UK stocks from my ‘best shares to buy now’ list 2 FTSE 100 shares I’d buy today for passive income Stock investing: 2 of the best UK shares I’d buy now and aim to hold until 2030 Omega Diagnostics: Is it a buy after its almost 35% rise today? Peter Stephens owns shares of GlaxoSmithKline and SSE. The Motley Fool UK has recommended GlaxoSmithKline. 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 I think these 2 dividend stocks could be among the best UK shares to buy today appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.
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  36. This FTSE 100 stock is up 806% since 2016. Is it the best UK share to buy today? (24/02/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    As I explained on Monday, it might seem that it’s not been a great five years for the FTSE 100. The Footsie has gained 530 points since 2016 to trade around 6,618 at Tuesday’s close. That’s a return of 8% for half a decade — an average of 1.6% a year — for taking equity risk. But adding in yearly dividends of around 4% boosts this return to 5.6% a year. That’s a lot better than top savings accounts. However, it’s easily beaten by several foreign stock markets. The US S&P 500 has almost doubled over five years, before dividends. Today, it stands around 100 points below its record high, hit a week ago. FTSE 100: 66 winners and 31 losers since 2016 Then again, not all FTSE 100 shares have disappointed investors these past five years. Some shares have done extremely well, while others have crashed horribly. Of the 97 shares in the FTSE 100 for a full five years, 31 have fallen in value. These declines range from 2.5% to a spectacular crash of 71.8%. Across these 31 losers, the average price decline is almost a quarter (22.9%). This leaves 66 winners, whose share prices have climbed between a tiny 0.1% and a colossal 805.7%. These gainers include 26 shares that have at least doubled in value since 2016. Of these, 12 shares have tripled or more since 2016. The average gain across these FTSE 100 champions is a hefty 122%. Nice. The Footsie’s star performers over five years Using Tuesday’s closing prices, these are the FTSE 100’s five best performers since February 2016. As you can see, each has produced mouth-watering gains for patient investors. Ocado Group (Online grocer) +805.7% Evraz (Steelmaker and miner) +748.8% Anglo American (Global miner)+480.3% Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust (Tech fund) +410.9% Ashtead Group (Equipment rental) +349.5% Would I buy Ocado today? With its share price having risen more than nine-fold since 2016, Ocado is very highly prized today. Right now, this FTSE 100 share stands at 2,335p, down 66p (2.8%). At this level, the online grocer and seller of automated-warehouse technology is valued at £18bn. Tesco, the UK’s biggest and most profitable supermarket by far, is valued at £16.7bn. Why the bumper valuation for Ocado? It’s because Ocado is rated in line with US tech firms, while FTSE 100 rival Tesco is valued as an old-economy business. While Tesco has racked up tens of billions of pounds of profits over decades, Ocado has yet to make a penny. But it’s heading that way — and fast. Since launching in April 2000, Ocado has spent many billions investing in growth over 21 years. And growth stocks are very much favoured by investors nowadays, as we see with sky-high US tech valuations. Furthermore, Ocado kept growing strongly during the pandemic, with sales up more than a third (35%) in 2020. This growth surge shrank Ocado’s pre-tax losses to £44m in 2020, versus £215m in 2019. Likewise, Ocado is moving towards profitability and should be a winner in the inexorable drive towards online shopping. This could lead to a substantial surge in future earnings. But would I buy it? No. Without any historic profits, earnings per share or cash dividends, I can’t value Ocado shares on fundamentals. Indeed, I view Ocado as perhaps the UK’s #1 bubble stock. The shares have fallen 579p — a fifth (19.9%) — from their all-time high of 2,914p on 30 September 2020. Yet even now, I see them as too rich for my blood, so I won’t be buying this FTSE 100 share for my family portfolio! 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 The Ocado share price is around 2,300p. Would I buy now? 3 reasons why the Ocado share price fell 7% last week 1 UK share I’d buy and hold for the next 10 years The Ocado share price has doubled in a year: should I buy on today’s dip? The Ocado share price slumps! Should I buy the stock today? Cliffdarcy has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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  37. 3 FTSE 100 stocks I’d buy in my ISA (19/05/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    Here are three FTSE 100 shares I’m thinking of buying for my Stocks and Shares ISA today. Digital love I think that WPP’s (LSE: WPP) steps in the post-Martin Sorrell era to embrace digital media should pay off handsomely. Not only is this section of the advertising market booming, I believe this FTSE 100 share has the scale and the expertise to make the most of this vast opportunity. Magna Intelligence reckons ad spending on digital formats in the US will soar 13% in 2021 to $161bn. This means that digital will account for two-thirds of all advertising expenditure for the first time. I like WPP’s drive to improve its clout in this area through shrewd acquisitions like that of DTI in February. But remember that a thirst for M&A action is a risky business and can cause profits to miss targets if acquisitions don’t perform as expected. A top FTSE 100 cyclical stock I’m also thinking of adding building products supplier CRH (LSE: CRH) to my Stocks and Shares ISA today. Prices of this FTSE 100 firm just hit fresh all-time highs. And it’s not a secret as to why. It can expect demand for its products to boom as the US infrastructure stimulus programme cranks into gear. Conditions in some of its other markets (like housing) remain strong too and should improve as the public health emergency steadily recedes. Indeed, a shortage of building products in some of its key markets has allowed the company to continue to make pricing progress in recent months. Like-for-like sales moved 3% higher between January and March. CRH is an ultra-cyclical stock and demand for its wares could suddenly dive if the coronavirus crisis flares up again. Still, I think it is of the best value stocks to buy right now. The FTSE 100 firm changes hands on a forward price-to-earnings (PEG) ratio of 0.2. A reading below 1 suggests that a share could be undervalued. Another great ISA buy? I already own Coca-Cola HBC (LSE: CCH) shares in my investment portfolio. And I’m tempted to buy some more following last week’s upbeat trading statement. The beverages bottler said that like-for-like sales had improved 6.1% between January and March. Even as Covid-19 lockdowns continued to pressure its out-of-home channel, the unrivalled popularity of the Coca-Cola brand and other labels like Fanta and Schweppes, and the efforts it has made to boost ‘at home’ sales continued to pay off handsomely. I’m also encouraged by the FTSE 100 firm’s success in growth areas like energy drinks (volumes of these beverage rose by double-digits in the first quarter). I think Coca-Cola HBC is a great way to make delicious shareholder returns without drama. But I’m aware that the business operates in an ultra-competitive industry, which could have a significant impact on revenues and profit margins. 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 2 top FTSE 100 ethical stocks Should I buy these FTSE 100 shares in my ISA in May? 3 reasons why this FTSE 100 stock is one of my top picks for 2021 The Coca-Cola HBC (LSE:CCH) share price steadily rises. Should I invest? Royston Wild owns shares of Coca-Cola HBC. 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 3 FTSE 100 stocks I’d buy in my ISA appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.
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  38. 5 FTSE 250 shares to buy today (09/05/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    As the UK economy rebuilds after the coronavirus crisis, I’ve been looking for FTSE 250 stocks to add to my portfolio. Here are five companies I’d buy right now.  FTSE 250 shares to buy The first stock on my list is drinks business Britvic. This company owns some of the most recognisable drinks brands in the UK. Therefore, I think its profits should return to growth as the UK economy reopens and consumer confidence improves. The one major challenge the group could face as we advance is higher costs. These may hurt its growth in the next few months, and possibly years. However, it should be able to raise prices to offset higher costs. As such, I would buy the company for my portfolio of FTSE 250 stocks. Another recovery play I would buy in the FTSE 250 is Cineworld. When cinemas are eventually allowed to reopen at full capacity, this company should experience a recovery in profits and sales. That said, this stock might not be suitable for all investors. The company has built up a tremendous amount of debt throughout the crisis, and it could be some time before profits return to 2019 levels. Nonetheless, I’d buy the stock for its recovery potential. I’d also buy shares in FTSE 250 airline easyJet for the same reason. The company is a high-risk, high-reward investment. It could be years before the airline returns to 2019 levels of profitability. During that time, there’s no telling what could happen to the business. Still, as a recovery play, I think easyJet’s well-known brand and reputation for low-cost, no-frills air travel will work in its favour. These are the primary reasons why I’d buy the stock for my portfolio today.  Growth investments  Domino’s Pizza is one company that seems to have prospered in the pandemic. Despite the economic lockdowns, the group’s underlying profit before tax rose to £101m last year, up from £99m in 2019. I’ve always been impressed by its business model, which has helped the firm expand revenues by 40% in the past five years. Past performance should never be used as a guide to future potential, but I think the group can maintain its growth trajectory. That’s why I’d buy the company for my portfolio of FTSE 250 stocks. However, Domino’s is facing more and more competition, making it harder for the business to grow. I think that’s the main challenge facing the company today.  The final company I’d buy is Morgan Sindall. I think this construction business should benefit from increased economic activity in the UK, as well as the government’s massive infrastructure spending plans. The main challenge it faces is the potential for higher costs, which could hit profit margins. Construction is also a low-margin business, so any slowdown in sales could have a big effect on the group’s bottom line. However, despite these risks, I think the company is one of the best FTSE 250 stocks to play the UK economic recovery. 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 How to get a loan from a bank Here’s why I think the BP share price can keep climbing UK shares to buy now: my top 2 FTSE 100 stocks 5 things to know about the Government Gateway Aston Martin shares fall 18% in 3 months. Should I buy now? Rupert Hargreaves owns no share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Britvic and Dominos Pizza. 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 5 FTSE 250 shares to buy today appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.
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  39. 2 FTSE 100 shares with 8% yields I’d buy for an ISA today (20/03/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    The volatile stock markets of the last year have been an exciting place to invest. But where money is concerned, I don’t want too much excitement. That’s why I prefer to keep a significant chunk of my cash invested in high-yield FTSE 100 shares, inside my Stocks and Shares ISA. Over the last year, these companies have continued to provide me with a reliable cash income even when the market has been in freefall. The two FTSE stocks I’m looking at today both offer 8% dividend yields. Both of them held or increased their payouts over the last year. Better than gold I’m not keen on investing directly in gold. It never grows, costs money to store, and provides no income. On the other hand, a good quality gold miner with low production costs can deliver both growth and a cash income. My pick in the gold sector is FTSE 100 share Polymetal International (LSE: POLY). This Russian gold miner has seen its stock rise by 35% over the last year, thanks to a strong gold price. Polymetal benefits from quite low mining costs, with all-in sustaining cash costs (an industry metric) of just $874/ounce in 2020. The company’s average selling price for gold was $1,797/oz over the same period. This pushed the group’s after-tax profits up by 83% to $1,072m. Shareholders will receive just over half this amount in dividends, with a total payout of $1.29 per share. Brokers covering Polymetal expect the dividend to rise to $1.65 per share in 2021, giving a forecast yield of almost 8%. Of course, there is no way of predicting how the gold price might change in 2021. A sharp drop in the price of gold could force Polymetal to scale back its payout. Mining stocks don’t always provide the most stable dividends. But in my experience, buying miners with strong production and low costs can be a good way to generate additional income. Polymetal shares are trading on around eight times 2021 forecast earnings, with an 8% dividend yield. I’d be happy to buy more at this level. I think this FTSE 100 share is too cheap The second high-yield dividend share I’d buy for my ISA today is tobacco giant British American Tobacco (LSE: BATS). Obviously, this stock carries some ethical concerns which will rule it out for some investors. Indeed, ethical concerns are increasingly keeping big institutional investors away from this sector. There’s also the risk that global smoking rates could decline to a level where the business becomes much less profitable. Those risks probably won’t go away. But tobacco companies have been fighting against these trends for years. BATS has emerged as one of the winners, in my view. It’s the largest tobacco company in the world. In 2020, sales of nearly £26bn generated an operating profit of £10bn. Strong brands such as Dunhill, Lucky Strike, and Rothmans help BATS to increase its market share and apply regular price increases. This helps to offset the annual decline in global smoking rates. For me, BAT’s big attraction is that it generates high levels of surplus cash, much of which is distributed to shareholders as dividends. In my view, this is one of very few FTSE 100 shares which can offer a sustainable 8% dividend yield. 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 9% dividend yields! Should I buy this FTSE 100 share before the ISA deadline? Here’s why I’d buy Polymetal International shares for both income and growth Are these 2 of the best cheap FTSE 100 shares to buy before the ISA deadline? 8% yields: 2 dividend shares I’ve bought for my ISA Warren Buffett letter investment lessons led me to buy this share Roland Head 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 2 FTSE 100 shares with 8% yields I’d buy for an ISA today appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.
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  40. These 5 FTSE 100 shares have crashed since February! Which would I buy today? (08/03/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    Stock markets have been a bit more anxious and volatile over the past month. Fears of rising inflation have caused government bond yields to climb. As bond yields rise and prices fall, they look more attractive relative to shares. Thus, highly valued shares — notably US tech stocks — have dropped in value recently. However, the FTSE 100 — which I regard as cheap today — is up by over 165 points (2.5%) since 8 February. The FTSE 100’s winners Although the FTSE 100 is up by 2.5% over one month, it includes both winners and losers. Of the 101 shares in the FTSE 100 (one company is dual-listed), 50 have risen in 30 days. The gains from these winners range from 37.0% to 0.1%. Overall, the average rise across all 50 winners is 10% — four times the index’s return. The FTSE 100’s losers This leaves 51 losers, whose declines range from 0.1% to 26.6%. The average drop across all 50 losers is 7.2%. That’s 9.7 percentage points below the index return. Across all 101 shares, the average gain was 1.3%. That’s around half of the FTSE 100’s actual return, because of a few heavyweights among the fallers. Let’s take a look at these laggards. These are the FTSE 100’s five biggest fallers since 8 February: Company | Industry | % Change (30 days) Smith & Nephew (S&N) | Medical equipment | -12.7% Fresnillo | Silver & gold mining | -14.3% Just Eat Takeaway.com (JET) | Food delivery | -22.1% Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust (SMT) | Tech fund | -22.8% Ocado Group | Online grocery | -26.6% Three highly rated tech stocks Let’s look at the FTSE 100’s three biggest fallers first, because they have something in common. All three firms’ share prices command premium valuations, like those enjoyed by highly rated US tech stocks. Ocado has made huge losses over its 21-year life, as it has invested in technology to grow its business. Yet its shares were the #1 performer in the Footsie over the past five years. Having peaked at 2,914p on 30 September 2020, the Ocado share price has since crashed to 2,067p today. That’s a fall of almost three-tenths (29.1%), most of which has arrived in the past 30 days. UK-listed investment trust SMT is heavily invested in US tech stocks. Its major holdings include Tesla, NIO, and Delivery Hero, all of which have lost substantial value recently. I described SMT as a FTSE 100 bubble stock in mid-January. Its share price has since plunged, crashing by almost a quarter (22.8%) in the past 30 days. Likewise, food-delivery firm JET is another pumped-up pseudo-tech stock that has taken a beating lately. Its shares have collapsed by more than a fifth (22.1%) since 8 February. Although these three FTSE 100 shares have all dived over the past month, I still would not buy any of them today. Even now, their shares are valued far too highly for me. These three shares are better suited to growth investors, rather than for committed value investors like me. I’d buy this ‘boring’ quality business Today, the share I would snap up is surely the most ‘boring’ of the five: medical-equipment maker Smith & Nephew. S&N is a great British business that has been trading since 1856 (165 years). Its leading products for wound management, endoscopies and orthopaedics are sold in over 100 countries. S&N has 17,500 employees and booked revenues of over $4.5bn in 2020. Its share price peaked at 1,742.5p on 4 June 2020, but has since fallen to 1,368p, a decline of 21.5%. For me, that’s a fair price to buy into a quality FTSE 100 company, so S&N goes on my buy list today! 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 Why I think FTSE 100 medical tech stock Smith & Nephew looks a good investment Cliffdarcy has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Tesla. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Fresnillo 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. The post These 5 FTSE 100 shares have crashed since February! Which would I buy today? appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.
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  41. 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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  42. FTSE 100: these were the 5 best shares to buy before Brexit in 2016! (31/03/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    Remember the Brexit referendum in June 2016? Imagine if you had a time machine and could go back five years to 31 March 2016. Which would have been the best shares to buy from the FTSE 100 three months before the vote? Find out below… The Brexit vote was disruptive I live in the south east, but I’m originally from the north east. As the Brexit vote approached, pundits claimed that Remain would win easily. With my roots in the north, I wasn’t so sure. I could see large swathes of the UK voting to leave the European Union. Hence, my wife and I would discuss what could be the best shares to buy in case of a Leave win. Eventually, we decided that it would be wise to invest our wealth outside of the UK in the event of a Leave majority. After the Brexit referendum on 23 June 2016, it was soon clear that Leave was gaining ground. The final result was a close call: Leave 51.9% and Remain 48.1%. Though the result was close to 50/50, the government agreed to honour the result and begin the Brexit process. At this point, I forgot about the best shares to buy and starting worrying about the future of the Union. The FTSE 100 five years on On 31 March 2016, the FTSE 100 index closed at 6,174.90 points. As I write, it stands at 6,726.78. Thus, the UK’s main market index has gained roughly 550 points in five years. That’s an uplift of 8.9% in half a decade, or under 1.8% a year. Add in dividends of, say, 4% a year and this figure more than triples. But it’s still a pretty pitiful five-year return from the FTSE 100. Of course, few Footsie members rose exactly in line with the wider index. Some fell, some crashed, and the best shares to buy doubled, tripled or more than quadrupled your money. Let’s find out which they were. The five best shares to buy five years ago If I had a time machine today (or a crystal ball in March 2016), then these would have been the five best shares to buy in the FTSE 100 index and own for five years: Ocado Group (online grocer) 589.1% Evraz (steelmaker and miner) 539.2% Anglo American (global miner) 435.7% Ashtead Group (industrial equipment rental) 396.4% Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust (tech fund) 318.1% For the record, of the 97 shares in the FTSE 100 for the full five years, 25 would have doubled your money or more. Not bad. Then again, 30 of the 97 Footsie stocks would have actually lost you money (and one crashed by 65.6%). But these five superstar shares listed above — the best shares to buy — would have at least quadrupled your investment over five years. The biggest winner, Ocado, would have turned £1,000 into over £6,589 since March 2016. Nice. Is there any obvious theme to these five star shares? Not really, other than two (Evraz and Anglo American) are mining stocks. But I suspect the mostly widely held share today of the five is SMT, a high-flying tech investment trust. Alas, this stock has already tumbled by a fifth since peaking in mid-February. Would I have bought any of these winners five years ago? Sadly not. Instead, my wife and I shifted our family wealth into US and global equities that have doubled our money and more. Thus, we’re more than happy with our decision to ‘exit after Brexit’! “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 How to invest in the S&P 500 Why I’d buy these 2 FTSE 100 defensive shares today The Deliveroo share price drops by 30%. Here’s what I’d do now Household savings measure touches record high. I’d buy these UK shares now 3 FTSE 100 shares I’d consider using Warren Buffett principles Cliffdarcy has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Ocado 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 FTSE 100: these were the 5 best shares to buy before Brexit in 2016! appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.
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  43. These two FTSE 100 stocks could pay £28bn in dividends for 2021! (07/05/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    During the market meltdown of March 2020, I started writing again for Fool UK for the first time since 2012. I also saw a once-in-a-generation opportunity to buy cheap shares at bargain prices. My instincts were correct: global stock markets have surged over the subsequent 14 months. The FTSE 100 index today stands at 7,066.45, almost 2,075 points above the close of 4,993.90 on 23 March 2020. That’s a gain of more than two-fifths (41.5%). However, this is thrashed by the over-80% surge in the US S&P 500 index. I still see deep value in the FTSE 100 Despite the FTSE 100’s comeback, most of its gains took place after Halloween 2020. When three highly effective Covid-19 vaccines were unveiled in early November, share prices skyrocketed worldwide. Among the biggest risers were so-called ‘value’ stocks. These shares trade on low price-to-earnings ratios (P/Es), high earnings yields, and attractive dividend yields. Despite this strong rotation from growth to value stocks, I still see great potential in large-cap FTSE 100 stocks. Here are two I’d happily buy today. Manic miners: BHP and Rio Tinto Due to the rise of ESG (environmental, social and governance) investing, many FTSE 100 stocks have fallen out of favour. These include oil & gas, tobacco, and mining companies. But I see hidden value in these unwanted and unloved shares, particularly among the heavyweights. Take the shares of miners BHP (LSE: BHP) and Rio Tinto (LSE: RIO). These two global mining giants are Goliaths in the field of digging up raw materials. But their shares remain modestly priced, even after powerful gains. At their March 2020 low, shares in Rio Tinto (‘red river’ in Spanish) had collapsed to around 3,212p. On Thursday, they closed at 6,477p, more than double their low of 14 months ago. This values the group at £106.6bn, making it a FTSE 100 super-heavyweight. In my view, Rio shares are not expensive, even after doubling. They trade on a P/E of 14.8 and an earnings yield of 6.8%. What’s more, their dividend yield is 5.3% (two percentage points above the FTSE 100’s dividend yield). As for rival BHP, its share price bottomed out at just above £10.50 during Meltdown March. On Thursday, it closed at 2,314p, valuing BHP at £128.3bn. The shares trade on a P/E of 23.3, an earnings yield of 4.3%, and a dividend yield of 5%. Not as cheap as Rio, but still alluring to me. Why I like these two mega-cap stocks One factor driving up these two FTSE 100 shares is that raw-material prices are soaring. The price of iron ore recently peaked at $193 a tonne and currently is over $190. Likewise, copper recently spiked above $10,000 a tonne to a 10-year high. Also, since the last ‘commodity super-cycle’ peaked in 2011, these two companies have slashed capital spending to strengthen their now rock-solid balance sheets. Furthermore, BHP and Rio’s 2o21 combined dividends could total $38.2bn (£27.5bn), according to JPMorgan. And who wouldn’t want their share of this torrent of cash, like an ATM on steroids? These two FTSE 100 shares have come a long way since the mining market’s lows of 2016. But mining is a highly cyclical industry, strongly tied to economic growth. If the much hoped-for multi-year economic boom fails to emerge, then these shares might suffer. But if global consumer spending surges, then the world will need more iron, copper and nickel. On balance, I’d buy both RIO and BHP today to ride the global recovery! CEO’s £500,000,000 Stake on Industry’s “Uber” Revolution We think that when a company’s CEO owns 12.1% of its stock, that’s usually a very good sign. But with this opportunity it could get even better. Still only 55 years old, he sees the chance for a new “Uber-style” technology. And this is not a tiny tech startup full of empty promises. This extraordinary company is already one of the largest in its industry. Last year, revenues hit a whopping £1.132 billion. The board recently announced a 10% dividend hike. And it has been a superb Motley Fool income pick for 9 years running! But even so, we believe there could still be huge upside ahead. Clearly, this company’s founder and CEO agrees. Learn how you can grab this ‘Top Income Stock’ Report now More reading 2 FTSE 100 stocks I’d buy in May 3 FTSE 100 stocks I’d buy for passive income 3 FTSE 100 shares to buy now with £3k 3 dividend shares for passive income Cliffdarcy 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 These two FTSE 100 stocks could pay £28bn in dividends for 2021! appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.
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  44. Why I’d invest £5,000 now in UK shares in an ISA to make a passive income (16/02/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    Making a passive income from UK shares has become more difficult over the last year. The coronavirus pandemic prompted financial uncertainty for many companies across the FTSE 350. This resulted in reduced dividend payouts, or even a cancellation of dividends in some cases. However, the economic outlook is set to get better. This may mean improved performances for many businesses that lead to higher dividend payouts. Alongside the capital growth potential of UK stocks, this could make now the right time to invest £5,000, or any other amount, in a diverse selection of income shares in an ISA. Buying UK shares to make a passive income Despite many UK shares cutting their dividends, it is still possible to make a generous passive income from FTSE 350 shares. In fact, both the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 trade lower than they did a year ago. As such, some of their members have share prices that are down on their previous highs. This could mean that they now offer higher yields than they did a year ago – as long as they have been able to maintain their dividend payouts. This could mean that it is possible to obtain a 4% or 5% average yield from a portfolio of UK stocks. In a low-interest-rate environment, this could be a relatively high income return. It also has the capacity to rise at an above-inflation pace over the coming years. The world and UK economies are widely forecast to recover strongly as vaccine rollouts continue. This could prompt improving operating conditions for many UK shares that allow them to pay higher dividends over the long term. UK stocks could offer capital growth Investing £5,000 in UK shares could also be a shrewd move because of their capital growth prospects. Many FTSE 350 shares trade on valuations that are significantly below their historic averages. This could signal that they offer wide margins of safety that produce relatively high returns. Since the stock market has historically reverted to its long-term average values, buying today’s cheap shares may be a profitable move. Doing so through a tax-efficient account such as a Stocks and Shares ISA could offer further improvements to returns. The lack of capital gains tax or dividend tax charged on investments in an ISA may widen the gap in total returns versus a bog-standard share dealing account. Risk management Of course, there is never any guarantee of a passive income or capital growth from a portfolio of UK shares. They could experience very tough operating conditions in future that are not fully reflected in their current valuations. However, with dividends forecast to grow in the coming years, yields being high in a low-interest-rate environment and the economic outlook expected to improve, UK stocks could offer impressive total returns in the long term. 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 5% dividend yields! 2 UK shares I’d buy now for passive income UK investing: why I’d buy FTSE 100 shares today The Tesco share price: here’s what I’m doing now UK stock investing: 3 growth shares I’d buy right now Which UK and US stocks should I buy in February? 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 Why I’d invest £5,000 now in UK shares in an ISA to make a passive income appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.
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  45. Why I think the FTSE 100 is a good place to start investing in UK stocks (14/02/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    I think the FTSE 100 is a good place to start investing in UK stocks, and this is why. Firstly, the UK stock market contains over 500 companies ranging from the best of the best to a poor excuse for a business. The FTSE 100 is the most well-known UK financial index, followed by the FTSE 250. Together they make up the FTSE 350. The top 100 UK listed companies, measured by market capitalization, are in the FTSE 100 and the next 250 in the FTSE 250. Both these indexes contain quality UK stocks that have reached a level of acceptance in society and thus a notable market cap. Of course, that’s not to say there aren’t a few questionable companies in the FTSE 350, but on the whole it’s a fairly good starting point for choosing quality companies to invest in for the long term. The next well-known UK stock index is the FTSE AIM All-Share. It has a few popular companies, such as ASOS, Boohoo, and Fevertree Drinks, but it also contains a raft of penny shares that are best avoided by the novice investor for their high levels of risk. Using a checklist to start investing I think the key to successful investing is choosing businesses that offer value to both shareholders and consumers. That way they’re more likely to be successful far into the future. When I’m looking for stocks to invest in, here are a few things I consider: A competent team at the helm, operating with integrity. I like to understand the business and where it stands in the current and future economic environment. I look for a business with an edge on its competition. A dividend is a nice bonus, if it doesn’t detract from the strength of the balance sheet. Competent team Billionaire investor Warren Buffett is a good example to look to when planning a long-term investing strategy. He’s been in the game for several decades, and his phenomenal wealth paints a picture of success. While Buffet himself gets the credit for his company, Berkshire Hathaway’s wins, it’s not just him behind its success. His colleague and good friend, Charlie Munger, is also a major cog in the wheel. Their investing wingmen, Todd Combs and Ted Weschler, are very good at their jobs too. The integrity at the top goes a long way to instilling investor faith and keeping shareholders on board. Understanding UK stocks It’s easy to get caught up in the hype surrounding a new or exciting-looking business. But I think it’s important to take the time to understand the businesses I’m investing in. I want to hold my investments for the long term and for that reason I want to be sure I’m investing in something that’s going to outpace the competition and bring me decent shareholder returns. Another of Buffett’s nuggets of wisdom is to invest in a business you understand. He really understands the insurance industry, and it’s become one of his most lucrative investments. I think the FTSE 100 is a good place to start when choosing the best shares to buy now because it offers established companies with a global reach. Several of these are household names that tick the boxes on my list.  For regular stock market investing ideas and help with choosing the best UK shares to buy now, sign up to The Motley Fool today. 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’d buy this UK share in my Stocks and Shares ISA for a long economic downturn Stock investing: 2 of the best FTSE 100 shares I’d buy right now This UK share is up 1,900% in 5 years: why I’d still buy it today Stock investing: 5 UK shares to buy today The Rolls-Royce share price is down 66% this year. Here’s what I’d do now Kirsteen has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Berkshire Hathaway (B shares). 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  46. UK shares to buy: 2 FTSE 100 stocks I’d acquire (20/05/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    As I’ve been looking for UK shares to buy, two FTSE 100 stocks have attracted my attention. Both have what I would call a substantial competitive advantage. They’re also well run and are making the most of their advantages.  This is why I believe these are a couple of the best UK shares to buy now in the blue-chip space. FTSE 100 tech stock The first company on my list is data provider Experian (LSE: EXPN). This company’s competitive advantage is its data trove. The organisation has been collecting financial information about consumers for decades. As a result, it’s highly respected and regarded in the industry. As such, consumers and companies alike trust the firm. It would be almost impossible for another startup to establish this kind of reputation without a couple of decades of experience and data gathering.  Although the company has been impacted by the pandemic and there’s been a drop-off in consumers seeking credit, earnings are now starting to recover.  According to its full-year results for the fiscal 2021 period, organic revenue grew 7% overall last year. Management expects growth of 7-9% in the current financial year, following organic revenue growth of as much as 20% in the first quarter.  These figures support my conclusion that this is one of the best UK shares to buy right now. As it continues to grow, I’d add the stock to my portfolio.  Unfortunately, there’s one significant risk hanging over the business, and that’s the possibility of a data breach. This could impact the group’s reputation for safety and security, which may dent organic growth and result in a hefty financial penalty.  UK shares to buy The other FTSE 100 company I’d buy is Spirax-Sarco Engineering (LSE: SPX). Most people haven’t heard of this business, and there’s no reason why they should. It’s a manufacturer of steam management systems as well as other fluid control and temperature management systems. This is hardly the most exciting business, but its products fill a critical role for companies that use them. For example, for some manufacturers, managing the temperature of facilities is vital. Buyers of industrial and commercial steam systems also need to be sure the system isn’t going to fail, which could have catastrophic consequences.  This is the FTSE 100 firm’s competitive advantage. It’s a known and trusted engineer. As a result, customers are unlikely to go with a lesser-known startup and sacrifice safety for cost.  As the world economy rebuilds after the pandemic, I think the demand for the company’s products should increase. That’s why I reckon this is one of the best UK shares to buy today and I’d acquire it for my portfolio. The main risks the enterprise may face include the possibility of an economic slowdown and higher cost. Both of these risks and challenges could impact profit margins, which would lead to reduced profitability and may dent investor sentiment towards the stock.  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 3 FTSE 100 shares to buy today The FTSE 100’s Spirax-Sarco share price soars as it expects to beat guidance! 3 UK shares I’d pick to hold for a decade Rupert Hargreaves owns no share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Experian. 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 UK shares to buy: 2 FTSE 100 stocks I’d acquire appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.
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  47. Stock market recovery: I’d invest in these 2 FTSE 100 shares today (28/02/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    After a decline in March 2020, UK shares have bounced back remarkably in the months since the first onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Since that initial dip many companies have gained as part of a stock market recovery. Primary UK stock index, the FTSE 100, has gained more than 30% since its low of 4,993p on 23 March last year, as optimism around vaccination programmes drives the latest stock market rally.  While there may be a correction ahead in the index in response to the recovery, I think there are still some great value UK shares which I would add to my portfolio. Bag a bargain Discount retailer B&M European Value Retail (LSE:BME) has been one of the stocks that has gained handsomely throughout the pandemic. The group was boosted by being classified as a retailer of essential goods, as well as the fact that many of its stores are located in retail parks as opposed to the high street. The company reported better performance than had been expected for its fiscal third quarter. This led B&M to narrow its guidance for full-year earnings to the higher end of £540m–£570m. That was in addition to announcing a special dividend payout of £200m in January. While I am bullish on the shares amid the current stock market recovery, the shares are already up 60% in the last 12 months and could potentially be past their peak.  The share price has dipped this week, potentially in response to the UK government’s plan to reopen many parts of the economy, including high street retailers which have been forced to close. The group can also be open to rising inflation as its margins can be narrowed by distribution costs.  Despite those risks, I’d still add B&M shares to my portfolio today. Vaccine rollout Another FTSE 100 which could benefit in the long term following this stock market recovery is Covid-19 vaccine manufacturer AstraZeneca (LSE:AZN). The pharmaceutical giant’s share price has disappointed over the last year, despite the company leading the way in the production of the vaccine. While the FTSE 100 has gained 7% in the last six months, AstraZeneca shares have declined almost 17%. The last year has shown just how important the healthcare market is to the global economy, and I see AstraZeneca as being a key part of that market for many years. While there is a plan to reopen the economy as the vaccine rollout starts to take effect, regular boosters are likely to be needed for years afterwards. While the company is selling the vaccine at cost price, I think its other products will be able to grow profits in years to come. Some of its cancer treatments have the potential to become $1trn businesses and I see an increased focus on health and wellbeing on a global scale in the years to come. On the downside, the pharma giant’s ongoing row with the EU over vaccine supply has not been a good look for the company.  The share price has also not been helped by the rise in value of sterling, as AstraZeneca reports its results in dollars. The company’s dividend payouts have also not grown in a number of years. However, I’d still add AstraZeneca to my ‘buy’ list at the moment, as the shares appear undervalued to me at the current price of 6,935p. 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 A popular FTSE 100 stock: would I buy shares in this company today? Shares to buy now: why I’d consider Lloyds Banking Group alongside this FTSE 100 stock AstraZeneca share price: is this FTSE 100 growth stock now a top ‘dip buy’? Three UK shares to buy today 2 of the best shares to buy now conorcoyle has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended B&M European Value. 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 Stock market recovery: I’d invest in these 2 FTSE 100 shares today appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.
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  48. The US S&P 500 or the UK FTSE 100: which would I buy today and why? (10/02/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    Billionaire investor Warren Buffett has repeatedly warned, most recently in May 2020, “Never bet against America”. For much of history, this has certainly been good advice. But when I look at the US S&P 500 and the UK FTSE 100 today, I’m very tempted to back Britain, as well as betting on America. Here’s why. The S&P 500 hits a record high On Monday, the S&P 500 closed at a record high of nearly 3,916 points and currently hovers around 3,906. Since the 2008 meltdown, the index has gained in nine of the past 12 years, with just three modest down years. Over these 12 years, the index has more than quintupled, producing huge gains from the world’s biggest stock market. If only I could say the same for the FTSE 100, the S&P 500’s poor cousin. The FTSE 100 is at 1999 levels As I write, the FTSE 100 trades around 6,525 points, a level it first surpassed in late 1999. What’s more, the UK’s main index is over 1,350 points lower than — and more than a sixth (17.2%) below — its record high above 7,877, hit in May 2018. Ouch. To me, the S&P looks expensive and the Footsie cheap As a value investor, I aim to buy into good businesses at reasonable valuations. For me, the FTSE 100 looks the better bet today — on basic fundamentals, at least. Today, the S&P 500 trades on a forecast price-to-earnings ratio (PER) of 23 and an earnings yield of 4.3%. It was more expensive than this in 2000 and 2007, but spectacular crashes followed. However, with near-zero interest rates and subdued inflation, this ratings expansion might be justified. Conversely, the FTSE 100 trades on a PER of 14 and an earnings yield of 7.1%. Thus, buying 2021 earnings is much cheaper in the UK than the US. However, the American economy usually outperforms the UK’s, so this ratings gap might be rational. A similar gap is seen with dividend yields. The S&P 500 has a current dividend yield of just 1.57%, very close to the bottom end of its historical range. The FTSE 100 offers a forecast dividend yield of 3.8% — 2.42 times the US yield. I could easily be wrong Not for the first time, UK shares look cheap relative to US stocks and, on some measures, the difference is at a 50-year high. For income investors like me, rotating from US stocks into cheap UK shares looks tempting. But this switch has backfired many times before, as the S&P 500’s yearly returns have beaten the FTSE 100’s in almost every year since 2000. Also, the FTSE 100 is very short on highly rated tech stocks and is packed with old-economy businesses. These include large oil & gas, mining, and financial companies. Also, the repercussions of Brexit and the EU/UK trade deal are unclear, which creates economic uncertainty. Likewise, Covid-19 mutations could prove disastrous for UK business and FTSE 100 earnings growth. I’m into buying value, and UK shares look cheap on fundamentals to me. Even so, following Buffett’s wise advice, I’ll never bet against the US. Instead, I’m rebalancing my family portfolio by weighting it more to the FTSE 100. This should act as a counterweight to overpriced US stocks, some of which look very frothy. Finally, I don’t expect the FTSE 100 to shoot out the lights by massively outperforming the S&P 500. But a more value-orientated portfolio should help me to sleep better at night during market volatility! 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 FTSE 100 shares to buy: why this one is near the top of my pick-list Is the London Stock Exchange IPO market hotting up in 2021? Where can I find low income support? 1 fintech stock that’s modernising moneylending How I would earn passive income with £50 a week 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 US S&P 500 or the UK FTSE 100: which would I buy today and why? appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.
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  49. A ridiculously cheap FTSE 250 stock I’d buy today (19/04/2021 - The Motley Fool UK)
    Iron-ore miner Ferrexpo (LSE: FXPO) was my top stock for this month, and so far it looks like I made the right call. The FTSE 250 stock is up 4% since the start of the month. And compared to the same time last year, it is up a whole 185%! I think there are plenty of reasons why the Ferrexpo share price is up. If I take a top-down approach to understanding them, at the top is the stock market rally.  Stock market rally The FTSE 100 index zoomed past the 7,000 mark after over a year last week. The FTSE 250 index, of which Ferrexpo is a constituent, breached 22,000 even earlier in April. It has stayed above these levels through the month, making it FTSE 250’s best-ever month. Trends in the broad market reflect investor bullishness, which is driving share prices up as a whole. Ferrexpo is no exception.  Commodities find favour Next, sectorally speaking, commodities are in favour as public spending focuses on infrastructure creation. The commodity bull run has been underway since last year and according to leading forecasters, we are in for a commodity supercycle.  In line with this, miners’ share prices have risen across the board and that includes Ferrexpo.  But they have not just risen in anticipation of better times ahead. In the case of Ferrexpo, and others, improved commodity demand is showing up as healthy financials too.  Financially healthy In 2020, the company’s revenues grew by 13%, while its earnings grew by a huge 46%. Its net cash flows from operating activities grew by 45% and its dividends are up a massive 267% from 2019, boosted by its hefty interim dividend. Ferrexpo now has a 3.8% dividend yield, which is fairly healthy, especially for a growth stock.  Surprisingly dirt cheap But this is what takes the cake. The company’s price-to-earnings (P/E), which allows comparison with peers, is at sub-5 times. This is way below the price for any other miner that I have come across. What is next for the FTSE 250 stock Based on this reasoning for the Ferrexpo stock price rally, I reckon that it is quite likely to continue. As more investors look for cheap stocks, it should rally even higher. Even though it has run up quite a bit, the Ferrexpo stock is still below all-time highs. In other words, even by past standards, the share price has room to rise.  What I’d watch out for But there are two cases where I think things can go wrong.  One, if the pandemic decides to make a comeback. A fresh new Indian variant has just been found in the UK. These variants could be immune to vaccines. Two, just two months ago the stock market rally appeared to have stalled. It could happen again, leaving the Ferrexpo share price in limbo.  Takeaway for Ferrexpo Like many other investors, though, I am bullish that things will go right. Or at least they will go more right than wrong. And that is enough reason for me to buy this ridiculously cheap FTSE 250 stock. 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 Top British stocks for April 2 FTSE 250 shares with 6%+ yields I’d buy for my ISA now 3 dividend stocks to buy today 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 A ridiculously cheap FTSE 250 stock I’d buy today appeared first on The Motley Fool UK.
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