The FTSE 100 index rallied 249 points yesterday! I like these 2 stocks that caught the surge

first_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” The FTSE 100 index rallied 249 points yesterday! I like these 2 stocks that caught the surge I’ve been starting off several articles recently flagging the volatility we’re seeing on the FTSE 100 index at the moment. Yesterday was a perfect example of this. The index gained around 4.3% in a single day. This was put down to some positive results coming out from the US about a successful vaccine trial. Markets were further helped by the Federal Reserve Chairman, who offered some upbeat projections for the US economy. Even though this news is coming from across the pond from our American cousins, stock markets around the world are correlated. So the FTSE 100 index reacted well to the news from the US. Markets throughout Europe and beyond also posted gains. Amidst all this, there were some standout performers.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Come fly with usOne firm that was an obvious winner yesterday was easyJet (LSE: EZY). As I write, the share price is up over 10% so far this week, largely driven by market sentiment. Rival Ryanair also saw its shares rally by a similar amount. This despite reporting expectations of a £175m loss for the first quarter!Obviously, any effective vaccine would enable governments to not only ease, but completely remove, lockdown measures and travel bans. So for easyJet, it would mean more people could fly, which would boost revenues quicker than currently projected.Remember, a lot of pessimism has been priced-in to the share. It has a P/E ratio of just over 6, and a price-to-book ratio of 0.76. The latter ratio highlights that the market currently values the firm at less than the intrinsic value (assets etc) of the business. So from here, there’s plenty of room for the share price to move higher without it flashing red as being overbought.Keeping connectedVodafone (LSE: VOD) is another firm that gained from the general positive momentum yesterday. I think some of this is being carried over from last week, with the news that Vodafone is still going to pay a dividend to investors. Given the many FTSE 100 giants that have cut dividends, this news is very welcome. Naturally, if you’re an income-seeking investor, Vodafone might suddenly have become top of your buy list. It currently has a dividend yield of 6.39%, so higher than the FTSE 100 average.Aside from the good news on the dividend, recent trading updates said that Vodafone shouldn’t see a material downturn in earnings this year. Profit is expected to be flat or slightly down, but not falling off a cliff. Add to this a solid 2019/20 financial year to March, when the business grew revenues by 3%, and I can see why investors are feeling positive on the stock.Further gains ahead for the FTSE 100 index?Given the positive sentiment, there’s nothing stopping the FTSE 100 index moving higher throughout this week. If we see this continuing, I’d once again expect to see the sectors most sensitive to the virus outperforming.  See all posts by Jonathan Smith Jonathan Smith | Tuesday, 19th May, 2020 | More on: EZJ VOD Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Enter Your Email Address Jonathan Smith and The Motley Fool UK have no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Getty Images. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shareslast_img read more

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1 in 7 over-65s are still working! This is what I’m doing to offset the low State Pension

first_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Royston Wild | Tuesday, 19th May, 2020 We all dream of living the Life of Riley when the time comes to hang up our work gloves. It’s not just the hope of having more free time that the ‘9 to 5’ grind currently prevents us from having. It’s having the financial freedom to pursue your goals, helped (if not necessarily dependent upon) the State Pension.There’s a growing wealth of evidence that suggests many of us will end up being left behind though. Recent State Pension rule changes mean that Britons have to wait longer and longer to receive their allowance from the government. Not that the benefit provides much to shout about. The rate of annual rises have trailed the growth in the cost of living in recent decades.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Still in workAs a consequence, more and more of us are having to stay in work for longer. It’s a worrying phenomenon that’s been laid bare by a fresh Sun Life study released today.According to the financial services giant, almost one in seven (or 15%) of over-65s are still working today. Some 24% of these are employed full-time too, while 39% are working part-time. And almost a fifth (18%) are working more than one job.Alarmingly, Sun Life’s data shows that 40% those over-65s still in employment do so because they fear not having enough in savings, investments, and pensions to provide them with sufficient income for retirement.Offset the State PensionThings are clearly difficult for Britain’s pensioners and things threaten to worsen further following the coronavirus crisis. I recently wrote about the ‘triple lock’ mechanism and explained how minimum guaranteed rises in the State Pension could soon go extinct, for example.Sitting on your backside and hoping the government will take care of you in your old age is dangerous business. It’s why I’m building a portfolio of top-quality stocks to help me receive a nice income a few decades from now.I don’t fancy having to continue working into my 70s like a growing number of Britons have to do. And by investing in share markets — a strategy that can create annual returns of up to 10% on a long-term basis — there really is no reason why any of us should have to remain in employment, irrespective of what State Pension levels will be, or when we can expect to receive it, now, or in the future.Go stock hunting!A lot of people go wrong by saving their money using low-yielding cash products. It’s better than not setting aside money at all, of course. But the prevalence of rock-bottom interest rates means you’re unlikely to make a big return on your money. In fact, the interest you make is likely to be wiped out by the inflation effect.Buying stocks is a much better way to try and live a comfortable retirement. And the recent sell-off across global share markets leaves a wealth of excellent shares looking criminally-cheap at today’s prices. I, for one, am on the hunt for some brilliant bargains with which to boost my investment portfolio. It doesn’t matter what your attitude to risk is. There’s a broad spectrum of stocks of all shapes and sizes to help you achieve your retirement goals. 1 in 7 over-65s are still working! This is what I’m doing to offset the low State Pension Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Royston Wild 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. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee.center_img Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. See all posts by Royston Wildlast_img read more

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Why I think the GKP share price looks cheap

first_imgWhy I think the GKP share price looks cheap I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” The GKP (LSE: GKP) share price has fallen heavily this year. Since the beginning of 2020, shares in the oil company have fallen by more than 50%.The share price has followed the price of oil lower in 2020. However, oil now seems to be staging a comeback. As such, now might be a good time to buy into GKP before the recovery really gets underway.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…GKP share price on offerThe coronavirus crisis has hammered oil demand around the world. The size of the impact on the market cannot be understated. Indeed, the price of oil briefly traded at a negative level a few weeks ago as producers struggled to find buyers.Luckily, over the past few weeks, the market has stabilised. The price of oil has recovered substantially and is now back above $30 a barrel. As economic shutdowns around the world are eased, oil demand should continue to improve. This may mean the price of oil continues to rise.The GKP share price may also continue to track the price of oil higher as the company’s fortunes improve. As oil companies go, GKP went into the current downturn in a relatively stable position.At the end of April, the firm had $164m of cash on its balance sheet to help it weather the storm. What’s more, the company’s operating costs are some of the lowest in the world.For the year ended 31 December 2019, it cost the firm $3.90 to produce one barrel of oil. The average price received for each barrel GKP produced in 2019 was $42.90. The company reported an overall net profit margin of 21% for the year.These numbers suggest GKP has the financial flexibility to maintain production through the current uncertainty. Management has also acted quickly to reduce capital spending and costs, which should only improve the company’s long-term potential.A rising price of oil may lead to improving investor sentiment towards the GKP share price, which could result in attractive capital gains over the medium term.Diversification is keyStill, while it looks as if GKP can pull through the current crisis in one piece, the company might experience further near-term volatility. Therefore, it may be sensible to own the firm as part of a well-diversified portfolio of stocks. This approach would allow you to profit from any potential upside while minimising downside risk.Indeed, while GKP has some of the lowest production costs of any oil business in the world and a strong balance sheet, it’s not immune to macroeconomic trends. If a second wave of coronavirus cripples the global economy again, the company may have to take further drastic action.So, while the GKP share price may have the potential to deliver substantial capital gains from current levels, it may be best to own the stock alongside a portfolio of other companies in different sectors and industries. Rupert Hargreaves | Saturday, 23rd May, 2020 | More on: GKP Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!center_img 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. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I’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. Image source: Getty Images Enter Your Email Address See all posts by Rupert Hargreaveslast_img read more

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Here’s how I’m planning for a second stock market crash

first_img Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Here’s how I’m planning for a second stock market crash 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. The possibility of a second stock market crash in 2020 hasn’t gone away. And I can understand how the threat of another crash makes people nervous about investing in the stock market.A second stock market crash could be an opportunityBut some of the best share bargains arrive in times of uncertainty. Indeed, famous US investor Warren Buffett has achieved extraordinary returns by buying the stocks of strong underlying businesses when they are out of favour with investors.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…The second part of Buffett’s strategy involves holding onto his shares for a long time. And that means riding the ups and downs of the market, including any further stock market crash that may arrive in 2020. The idea is to hold until you realise the full potential of the underlying enterprise. Often, growth and operational progress will cause the share price to rise. It could also fuel a growing stream of shareholder dividends.But Buffett isn’t the only investor to pursue such a strategy. Early on, growth investor Philip Fisher influenced Buffett to adopt a long-term perspective. And his ‘partner’ Charlie Munger also helped persuade him to hold quality shares for a long time. Indeed, Buffett’s earlier strategy involved focusing on cheap, undervalued businesses and buying their shares for a relatively quick bounce-back gain. Often, the quality of the underlying business was lacking. So those stocks weren’t suitable for a long-term hold.Impressive returnsMost of Buffett’s billions have come from the long-term, quality business strategy that he follows now. And many have copied his approach. For example, I recently wrote about Nick Train of fund management company Lindsell Train. His technique chimes with Buffett’s because he holds the shares of quality businesses through “thick and thin.” And, over the past 20 years, Train’s performance has been impressive. He’s delivered his fund investors returns measured in hundreds of per cent.One thing that both Buffett and Train didn’t do was to sell any of their quality shares when the stock market crash arrived in the spring. Although, in fairness, Buffett did sell his holdings in the airlines. But an airline isn’t a high-quality business. Buffett himself had been telling us that for years.So central to my plan for handling a second stock market crash is to make sure strong, high-quality businesses back the shares I’m holding now. Indeed, if there’s anything in my portfolio that doesn’t attract my full conviction, now’s the time to chuck it out.Step two of the plan is to focus on a long-term investment period. If I aim to hold my shares for 20 years, say, another crash in 2020 will become a short-term setback.The final step is to prepare a watch list now of quality shares I’d like to own one day. Then, if a second crash does arrive, I can potentially buy some of those quality shares while the market is marking them down to a lower price. Kevin Godbold has no position in any share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images Kevin Godbold | Wednesday, 19th August, 2020 Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. 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Top British shares for September 2020

first_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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! Top British shares for September 2020 “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. The Motley Fool UK has recommended boohoo group, Diageo, and Hargreaves Lansdown. 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. See all posts by The Motley Fool Staffcenter_img We asked our freelance writers to share the top British shares they’d buy in the month of September. Here’s what they chose:Jonathan Smith: Coca-Cola HBCWith the UK officially in a recession, I’d turn to a defensive stock to protect my portfolio. Therefore I’m keen on Coca-Cola HBC (LSE: CCH). With the core product being a staple of consumers, demand should be inelastic even if people reduce spending. Half-year results for 2020 showed revenue down by 15.5%, but this was largely down to out-of-home spending. This was down by 70%, mostly due to the lockdown.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Should we see the UK recession continue without another hard lockdown, Coca-Cola HBC ought to perform well. Buying now with a discount of around 25% compared to the start of the year could be a smart move.Jonathan Smith does not hold any position in Coca-Cola HBC.Rupert Hargreaves: CRHI think building materials business CRH (LSE: CRH) is one of the best ways to play the global economic recovery. The company is one of the largest suppliers of building materials, such as concrete and asphalt in Europe.Following the pandemic, governments are planning to stimulate their economies with infrastructure spending, which should result in increased demand for these products. I think this could provide a big boost for CRH’s bottom line.In the past, the company has complemented organic growth with bolt-on acquisitions. Increased profits may free up more cash to pursue this strategy, which could help improve CRH’s long-term growth.Rupert Hargreaves does not own shares in CRH.G A Chester: Diageo I think Diageo (LSE: DGE) is a top British blue-chip share to buy in September and hold for the long term. Its outstanding portfolio of over 200 drinks brands — Johnnie Walker whisky, Gordon’s gin and Guinness stout, to name but three — is unrivalled. Such brands, backed by decades of investment, continue to be enjoyed by generation after generation. Diageo’s shares are trading towards 30% below their all-time high, made this time last year — the company hasn’t been immune to the Covid-19 pandemic. But I think this is an opportunity for canny long-term investors to buy into a highly valuable global business at a great discount price. G A Chester has no position in Diageo.Anna Sokolidou: Rio TintoThe shares of Rio Tinto (LSE:RIO), a mining giant, have rallied since March. That’s due to the rising demand for iron ore in China. In spite of the pandemic, the Chinese government has invested heavily in the country’s infrastructure.What’s more, the supply is limited in Brazil where a lion’s share of the metal comes from. The country is truly struggling to contain Covid-19, and doesn’t have the opportunity to mine as much iron as it used to.I consider Rio Tinto (just like many other companies) to be a bit overvalued right now. But I’d buy the stock at every pullback.Anna Sokolidou does not own shares in Rio Tinto.David Barnes: BAE SystemsWith its c.4.5% dividend now reinstated, I think FTSE 100 defence giant BAE Systems (LSE: BA) looks good value right now.The dividend is well covered, and its revenues are reliable given it works largely on government backed, long-term contracts. The firm is a trusted partner of many western governments. I also see future growth through moving into cybersecurity.The share price is still over 20% off its year high following the stock market crash in March, and with a price-to-earnings ratio of just 12, I think the shares are a steal.David Barnes owns shares in BAE Systems.Edward Sheldon: BoohooMy top British share for September is online fashion retailer Boohoo (LSE: BOO).Boohoo’s share price has taken a hit recently on the back of reports about poor working conditions at clothing factories linked to the company. I expect the shares to recover, however.Boohoo’s brands, which include Boohoo, PrettyLittleThing, and Nasty Gal, remain very popular with younger fashion-conscious shoppers. Meanwhile, demand for comfy clothing is soaring due to the work-from-home trend. So, I expect Boohoo’s sales to continue rising at a healthy rate.All things considered, I see Boohoo shares as a ‘buy’ right now.  Edward Sheldon owns shares in Boohoo.Kirsteen Mackay: Provident Financial  Provident Financial (LSE:PFG) has said its business is picking up again after sinking to a £37.6m loss in the first six months of the year. It now plans to repay furlough money received from the government as its Vanquis Bank and Moneybarn subsidiaries remain profitable. It has streamlined its business through job cuts and should be stronger going forward.As furlough payments come to an end, finances will be tight – and with Christmas on shoppers’ minds, I think Provident will continue to see a rise in doorstep lending. It has a price-to-earnings ratio of 7, though its dividend remains on hold. Kirsteen does not own shares in Provident Financial.Matthew Dumigan: Hargreaves LansdownAs the UK’s largest investment broker, Hargreaves Lansdown (LSE: HL) has made a tidy profit from the heightened stock market volatility over recent months. The firm recorded a record a whopping £7.7bn in new business in the 12 months ending June 2020 and posted an impressive set of full-year results on top of this. Given the company already boasted a solid set of finances prior to this year, the future now looks even brighter. What’s more, the recent announcement that Robinhood won’t be launching in the UK is a further boost for the industry’s market-leader. Matthew Dumigan does not own shares in Hargreaves Lansdown.Paul Summers: DiageoAt the risk of sounding like a stuck record, I think top British share Diageo (LSE: DGE) has fallen too far ahead of September.News of weaker-than-usual sales of its premium brands in the wake of the coronavirus will matter to traders. As investors, however, we can take advantage of others’ impatience and snap up great stocks in defensive sectors when they’re on sale. With a share price still 25% below where it stood one year ago, the £60bn cap strikes me as a good example. Like major shareholder Nick Train, I struggle to believe people won’t pile back into pubs and clubs when the pandemic finally subsides. In the meantime, there’s always the dividends to enjoy. Paul Summers has no position in Diageo.Peter Stephens: AvivaAviva’s (LSE: AV) share price has fallen by around a third since the start of the year. However, its recent results showed that it delivered a resilient financial performance in uncertain operating conditions.The company is in the process of implementing a new overall strategy. It will now focus its capital on the most attractive markets in which it operates. This may lead to a narrower focus, but could have a positive impact on its profitability.Aviva appears to have the financial means to invest heavily in areas with growth potential. This could lead to an improving share price performance over the long run.Peter Stephens owns shares in Aviva.Rachael FitzGerald-Finch: British American TobaccoBritish American Tobacco’s (LSE: BATS) recent decision to maintain its 65% dividend pay-out ratio makes it an attractive prospect for income investors. Indeed, with the current share price at pre-lockdown levels, the dividend yield sits at a healthy 8%.The tobacco producer’s defensive characteristics appear to have resisted the potential for customers to change to cheaper products throughout the economic downturn. Moreover, operating profits climbed over 16%, when compared with 2019, despite flatter revenues. With management predicting EPS growth to be in the high-single digit percentage post Covid-19, the potential returns make the tobacco firm an appealing investment for September.  Rachael does not own shares in British American Tobacco.Roland Head: KingfisherFTSE 100 stocks rarely deliver a 180% gain in five months, but that’s what DIY retailer Kingfisher (LSE: KGF) has done since March. The stock has risen from a low of 101p to trade at around 280p.Kingfisher owns B&Q and Screwfix, plus DIY chains in France and Eastern Europe. It was an unexpected beneficiary of lockdown, thanks to a surge in DIY demand. Group sales were up by 25% in June, for example.But what’s really caught my eye is the massive rise in online sales. These have trebled since last year. I think this online success could speed up the group’s turnaround and support further share price gains.Roland Head does not own shares in Kingfisher.Royston Wild: ContourGlobalWeak investor confidence means that demand for classic safe-haven stocks should remain in vogue in September. And I believe buying shares in ContourGlobal (LSE: GLO) is an attractive way to play this trend.At current prices, the power station erector and operator trades on a forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of around 17 times. That’s not jaw-droppingly attractive, sure. But the FTSE 250 stock’s inflation-mashing 6% dividend yield is, in my book.ContourGlobal’s share price has soared 20% in the past three months on the back of heightened investor tension. With Covid-19 infection rates rising again in key economies, I’m expecting the power play to keep growing in value throughout September, too, and quite possibly beyond.Royston Wild does not own shares in ContourGlobal.Manika Premsingh: KingfisherThe FTSE 100 home improvement stock Kingfisher (LSE: KGF) is my top British share for September, as it has shown robust performance in the past few months. Not only has its share price consistently risen, its latest trading update shows double-digit sales growth as well. It is likely to have benefited from the country’s lockdown, which gave people a chance to focus on home improvements at a time of relative confinement.KGF’s results are due in a few days, which will give further insight into the company’s performance. The outlook could also be material in learning whether KGF’s strong sales growth will continue now that we are largely past the lockdown period…Manika Premsingh has no position in Kingfisher. Enter Your Email Address The Motley Fool Staff | Tuesday, 1st September, 2020 | More on: AV BA BATS BOO CCH CRH DGE GLO HL KGF PFG RIO Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Image source: Getty Images last_img read more

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Two UK growth stocks I’d buy in November to build long-term wealth

first_img Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Two UK growth stocks I’d buy in November to build long-term wealth Image source Edward Sheldon owns shares in Clipper Logistic and ASOS. The Motley Fool UK has recommended ASOS, Clipper Logistics, and XP Power. 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. Edward Sheldon, CFA | Monday, 2nd November, 2020 | More on: CLG XPP 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! I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. As we begin November, there’s quite a bit of volatility in the financial markets. This kind of volatility scares a lot of investors. Personally, I love it. For long-term investors like myself, it can create fantastic buying opportunities.In this article, I’m going to highlight two UK growth stocks I’d buy in November. Both stocks have pulled back recently as a result of market volatility, and I think it’s a great time to buy.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…A UK growth stock with huge potentialOne UK growth stock that I think has big potential is Clipper Logistics (LSE: CLG). It’s a company that offers a range of services to retailers, including warehousing, delivery, and returns management. It has a distinguished list of clients that includes ASOS, John Lewis, and Sports Direct.Clipper has a lot of momentum right now as it’s benefitting from the accelerated shift to e-commerce. This is illustrated in the company’s full-year results, which were posted in late August. For the year ended 30 April, group revenue increased by 8.8% to £500.7m, while basic earnings per share were up 20.5% to 15.9p. A dividend of 9.7p per share was declared.Looking ahead, Chairman Steve Parkin that the group is in an excellent position to achieve further growth both in the UK and internationally. Analysts expect revenue growth of around 20% this year.Clipper shares have a great run recently. Since I covered the stock in late June, it has risen from 290p to as high as 520p. However, recently, it has pulled back. I think this is a good entry point. The stock is now trading on 18 times next year’s forecast earnings. I see that as a buy.Poised for big growthAnother UK growth stock I like the look of right now is XP Power (LSE: XPP). It’s a leading manufacturer of critical power control components for the electronics industry. Its focus is on the industrial, healthcare, and technology sectors.XP Power looks set to benefit from a few dominant trends in the years ahead. The first is digitalisation. As the world becomes increasingly digital, demand for its products should rise. The second is increased healthcare spending. XP Power creates components for crucial healthcare devices such as X-ray machines, patient monitors, and ventilators.XPP posted an encouraging Q3 trading update in October. For the first nine months of 2020, orders were up 29%. That’s pretty good when you consider that the company was disrupted by Covid-19 earlier in the year. Third-quarter revenue came in at £69m, up 28% on the same period last year.Looking ahead, the company said that it expects its performance for full-year 2020 will be toward the top end of current analyst expectations. It also said it remains confident in the long-term market opportunity, supported by the structural growth drivers in the marketplace, and in its ability to capture this opportunity.XP Power shares were trading near 4,700p in the first half of October. They’ve since pulled back to around 4,000p. I see this share price weakness as a buying opportunity. The P/E ratio using next year’s earnings forecast is about 22, which seems very reasonable. I think this UK growth stock has a lot of appeal right now. 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! The high-calibre small-cap stock flying under the City’s radar Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Edward Sheldon, CFAlast_img read more

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2 cheap UK shares I’d buy in my ISA in 2021 for the new bull market!

first_img2 cheap UK shares I’d buy in my ISA in 2021 for the new bull market! Royston Wild 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. Image source: Getty Images. “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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Speak it very quietly. But I reckon now’s a great time to invest for the new bull market.Market appetite for London-based stocks has stagnated in recent sessions. The British economy has been the worst hit of all developed nations following the Covid-19 crisis. And intensifying lockdowns in 2021 has raised fresh fears for UK-focussed shares. The emergence of Brexit trade disruption has done little to remedy investor nerves, either.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…I’m buying despite the Covid-19 gloom!I won’t stop buying UK shares despite these problems, however. There’s still a great chance that the global economy will bounce strongly in the second half of 2021 following the mass rollout of a coronavirus vaccine. A strong new bull market could be just around the corner, then. One that could drive the prices of many UK stocks through the roof and make some investors a fortune in the process.There’s another good reason why I think now is a great time to go shopping for UK shares. Plenty of quality stocks continue to trade at unmissable prices following the stock market crash of early 2020. Here are two cut-price stocks I think could boom in value during the eventual economic upturn:One cheap UK share on my watchlistInvestor demand for TI Fluid Systems has soared over the past four months. But despite its pumped-up share price, I reckon the auto component builder still looks mighty cheap on paper. City analysts predict a near-300% improvement in annual earnings in 2021. This leaves this UK share trading on a forward price-to-earnings growth (PEG) ratio of 0.1.It’s perhaps no surprise why the number crunchers are so bullish. TI Fluid Systems is the world’s number one supplier of brake and fuel lines and the number three manufacturer of plastic fuel tanks. This, along with its broad geographic footprint (operating out of 28 countries), puts it in the driving seat to ride the eventual recovery in global car sales and enjoy monster profits growth.A cut-price travel titanInternational Consolidated Airlines Group (LSE: IAG) is another top UK value share for the new bull market. The British Airways owner has recently bulked up its exposure to the high-growth, low-cost end of the market. It also stands to gain from lower competitive pressures as its rivals go to the wall or scale back their operations due to ongoing travel bans.On this front the FTSE 100 flyer’s transatlantic operations received a boost this week. News emerged that Norwegian Airlines was scrapping its long-haul routes and cutting 1,000 jobs at London Gatwick airport.IAG is set to endure a year of losses in 2021, City analysts say. But it will bounce back from losses of 14 euro cents per share to enjoy earnings of 25 cents in 2022, current forecasts indicate. There’s clearly a long road ahead. But a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 6 times for 2022 makes this UK share an attractive value pick for a new bull market.center_img Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Royston Wild | Friday, 15th January, 2021 | More on: IAG I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. 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Why I’m picking UK growth stocks like this one

first_img Image source: Getty Images. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Kevin Godbold | Tuesday, 9th February, 2021 | More on: RM Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. The high-calibre small-cap stock flying under the City’s radar Why I’m picking UK growth stocks like this one Many investment strategies can be successful, such as picking UK growth stocks. Equally, investors can struggle to make consistent money from any strategy. But one way for me to increase the chances of success is to find an approach I’m comfortable with and stick with it.Focusing on UK growth stocksHaving said that, some investors do well by using multiple methods. But my strategy involves aiming to invest in growth companies. So I’m looking for businesses with the potential to increase their earnings and expand their operations year after year. And one stock I’ve been following for some time is education technology and resources company RM (LSE: RM).5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…But the firm is no FTSE 100 giant. With its market capitalisation around £174m, we can find RM in the FTSE Small Cap index. But I tend to find most of my growth share ideas among smaller enterprises. One general theory is that smaller businesses tend to have more room to grow.And RM was doing well in the years leading up to the coronavirus crisis. It had been raising the shareholder dividend by increments and the payment was up around 112% over about six years. Although the pandemic caused the directors to stop dividend payments last year.As well as dividend gains, shareholders enjoyed capital appreciation from a rising share price. And growth in earnings partly drove that outcome. But earnings and the share price have been volatile over the past 12 months.RM has positive potential as well as plenty of risks in its business. We’ve seen how exterior events can affect trading. Although new pandemics don’t arrive every day, the company does have its operations concentrated in one sector that’s mostly publicly funded. So future changes in government policy could damage the quality of the firm’s trading opportunities, for example.Business recovery expectedThe closure of schools has been a blow for RM. And chairman John Poulter said in today’s full-year results report: “Trading in 2020 was inevitably dominated by the consequences of Covid-19.” In the 12 months to 30 November 2020, revenue dropped by 16% year-on-year. And adjusted earnings per share plunged by 51%.But despite the ongoing challenges of Covid-19, the outlook is positive and the directors declared a dividend of 3p per share. I think the move to reinstate dividends speaks volumes about their confidence in the firm’s future.The decision was probably helped by a strong performance regarding net debt, which came in at £1.3m, down from £15m the year before. RM achieved that outcome with a “focus on cash and costs.” But the pension deficit has risen to £18.7m, up from £6m a year ago.City analysts expect earnings to snap back by just over 30% in the current trading year to November. Meanwhile, with the share price near 211p, the forward-looking earnings multiple is around 13. And the anticipated dividend yield is about 2.3%. Forecast earnings should cover the shareholder payment around 3.5 times. I think the valuation is undemanding compared to the company’s ongoing potential to grow. 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!center_img 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! Enter Your Email Address Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Kevin Godbold has no position in any share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. 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Rolls-Royce share price: can it go back up to 200p?

first_img I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Rolls-Royce plc Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. See all posts by Manika Premsingh Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee.center_img Manika Premsingh | Friday, 12th March, 2021 | More on: RR Enter Your Email Address 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. Rolls-Royce share price: can it go back up to 200p? “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Rolls-Royce (LSE: RR) faced big challenges in 2020, and its full-year results released Thursday only confirm that. Interestingly though, the Rolls Royce share price has risen, presumably on the news. Why the Rolls-Royce share price is upI think the Rolls-Royce share price rose for two reasons. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…One, poor results were already priced in. Support services to aviation is the big revenue source for RR. Since travel in 2020 was restricted, RR was bound to feel the impact. The company’s updates have been reflecting this. So have weak trends in the Rolls-Royce share price. Two, times are changing. The worst of the pandemic now seems to be behind us. And travel is expected to be back soon. Rolls-Royce will be back in business, because of this. Optimism about this recovery is evident in RR’s outlook. It says “Looking ahead over the next couple of years….we expect the rebound in global GDP and lifting of travel restrictions to drive our recovery”. According to the International Monetary Fund, global growth will be 5.5% in 2021 after a fall in world output in 2020. It is expected to rise by another 4.2% in 2022. This can bode well for RR, which expects hours flown by its engines to increase to 80% of the levels seen in 2019 by 2022. This is a big jump in the 55% levels expected for 2021. Why the RR share price can cross 200pThis is somewhat encouraging and I think it can increase RR’s share price further. The Rolls-Royce share price is presently at 115p, which is already an increase of around three times from the lows we saw last year. I think it may well be possible now that the RR share price can rise back up to its pre-pandemic levels of 200p and above. Besides the improving environment for RR and its outlook, I think there are two other reasons it can happen. One, other coronavirus and lockdown impacted stocks like Lloyds Bank and Cineworld have recently seen a jump in their share prices back up to pre-pandemic times. For investors still looking for post-market crash bargains, RR is still among them.Two, the US government just passed a massive fiscal stimulus of $1.9trn. If these funds are indeed spent in the manner intended — to improve infrastructure and economic wellbeing that creates higher consumption — we could see a boom in US growth. This in turn, will impact the rest of the world positively.Moreover, it could mean another stock market rally, which could raise share prices across the board, including the Rolls-Royce share price. A word of cautionMuch can still go wrong. The pandemic is not over. The threat of coronavirus variants still lurks. Further, RR’s financials are weak and will take their own time to recover. This adds to the fact that RR was in an uncertain place even earlier. Attractive as the Rolls-Royce share price might look for the near future, I would consider the downside too before making a long-term investment in the stock.last_img read more

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9 top British stocks I’d buy today

first_imgSimply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Harvey Jones | Tuesday, 25th May, 2021 Image source: Getty Images Harvey Jones has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Barclays, GlaxoSmithKline, 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now! I would also consider these. 9 top British stocks I’d buy today I believe that building a portfolio of top British stocks is a great way of investing for my future. If I was starting from scratch, I’d start by investing in a range of blue-chip companies from the FTSE 100, operating across different sectors with different levels of risk.I’d hold at least a dozen top British stocks in my portfolio, possibly increasing that to 15 or 20 over time. First, I’d buy pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline. This longstanding Motley Fool favourite is out of favour right now but, as a result, is valued at just 11.69 times earnings. It also yields an astonishing 5.89%.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Glaxo has to work hard on replenishing its drugs portfolio, and the dividend payout has been held for years as management diverts resources to R&D. I’m investing for a minimum of 10-15 years though, and that should give its share price plenty of time to recover.I’d buy FTSE 100 stocks for income and growthI’d supplement that with some top income-generating British stocks, such as utility giants National Grid and United Utilities Group. While their shares may show little growth, they offer solid yields of 5.19% and 4.31% respectively, with relatively low risk. For income, I’d also buy Tesco.I’d then buy household and hygiene goods supplier Unilever. This also offers strong defensive qualities, as consumer demand for its products typically holds firm in a recession. Unilever is usually expensive, so today’s valuation of 19.9 times earnings looks attractive to me.Its 3.46% yield is also more generous than normal. Some investors have fallen out of love with Unilever as they seek faster growth prospects in the post-Covid recovery. However, I believe top British stocks like this one merit long-term loyalty.For more excitement, I’d target the commodity sector by investing in global miner Rio Tinto. This is another top British stock trading at an attractive valuation. In this case, just 11.02 times earnings. It also yields a mighty 5.75%. This is an attractive way to play the post-lockdown global rebound, assuming mutant strains don’t knock it off course.I’d also buy these top British stocksIt’s hard to ignore the banks, and I’d include both Barclays and Lloyds Banking Group. Both are on the road to restoring their reputations and dividends, although there will no doubt be further bumps along the road.If inflation and interest rates rise, they could widen their net interest margins and increase profitability. The risk is that inflation squeezes economic growth, and banking profits. As with all the stocks, holding for the long term should reduce my risks.Finally, I find it hard to draw up a list of top British stocks without including the housebuilders, given the central importance of property to our economy. As house prices hit new highs, I’d include Barratt Developments and Taylor Wimpey.They could slip back if the property market slows, but I believe their long-term futures remain bright, as supply is likely to outstrip demand for years and years. 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. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. See all posts by Harvey Joneslast_img read more

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