Astoria Investments Limited (ATIL.mu) Q12019 Interim Report

first_imgAstoria Investments Limited (ATIL.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Financial sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Astoria Investments Limited (ATIL.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Astoria Investments Limited (ATIL.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Astoria Investments Limited (ATIL.mu)  2019 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileAstoria Investments Limited is an investment company with permanent capital. The company runs its operations in the United States, Europe, Asia, South Africa and Mauritius. Astoria Investments invests in global equity dominated holdings of primarily direct, high quality listed businesses. The company invests in sectors such as technology, insurance, pharmaceutical, entertainment, financial, consumer products, retail and transportation. Astoria Investments Limited has a primary listing on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius and a secondary listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.last_img read more

NCBA Group PLC (NCBA.ke) Q32020 Interim Report

first_imgNCBA Group PLC (NCBA.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about NCBA Group PLC (NCBA.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the NCBA Group PLC (NCBA.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: NCBA Group PLC (NCBA.ke)  2020 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileNCBA Group Plc is a financial services institution in Kenya offering banking products and services for the retail, commercial and corporate sectors. It also offers stock brokerage, bancassurance, leasing and investment banking services through operations in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Its full-service offering ranges from transactional banking products and services to unsecured and secured loans, secured diaspora loans, property purchase loans and insurance premium financing as well as asset-based lending, capital expenditure loans and construction loans. NIC Bank Limited offers institutional banking services to non-government organisations, diplomatic missions and their affiliate donor/aid entities as well as government institutions, multi-nationals, domestic corporates and medium- to high-net worth individuals. Formerly known as NIC Bank Limited, the company changed its name to NIC Group Plc in 2017. Its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. NCBA Group Plc is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

The National Investment Trust Plc (NITL.mw) 2019 Abridged Report

first_imgThe National Investment Trust Plc (NITL.mw) listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange under the Investment sector has released it’s 2019 abridged results.For more information about The National Investment Trust Plc (NITL.mw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the The National Investment Trust Plc (NITL.mw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: The National Investment Trust Plc (NITL.mw)  2019 abridged results.Company ProfileThe National Investment Trust Plc (NITL) manages a closed-end fund that invests in a diversified of Malawi Stock Exchange listed shares and unlisted private securities. The principle objective of NITL is to provide a vehicle for the public to participate in equity investment in Malawi. The fund is a product of Malawi’s progressive privatisation policy and provides income and capital growth opportunities for investors. Financial gain from investments are tax free if held for more than a year. NITL manages a portfolio of investments with funds raised by selling units allocated according to the amount invested in the fund. The NITL manages two Unit Trusts; the NITL Local Equity Fund and the NITL Global Opportunities Fund. Both provide favourable middle- to long-term performance with controlled risk and tax-free earnings. The holding company is based in Mauritius. The National Investment Trust Plc (NITL) is listed on the Malawi Stock Exchangelast_img read more

3 things I think could boost the Lloyds share price in 2020

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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Alan Oscroft | Friday, 28th February, 2020 | More on: LLOY I’ve recently been thinking about the bear case for Lloyds Banking Group (LSE: LLOY) in 2020. And though I really see the bank as a strong long-term income buy, it could be in for a rockier ride in the short term.But could anything turn the tables in 2020 and lead to a Lloyds share price rally? Here are three things I think might do the job.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…BrexitThe most obvious thing, I think, would be a Brexit trade deal breakthrough.Lloyds doesn’t have direct exposure to European banking any more, having refocused itself as a UK retail bank. But that does make it dependent on the UK economy and on the levels of mortgages and business loans it can offer. And the outlook for the UK economy isn’t looking great right now.If we suffer poor (or no) growth, fewer businesses will chase funding, and fewer people will want to buy new houses. All that would weaken business for Lloyds, depress its profits, and perhaps even threaten its precious dividend.A trade deal with Europe could well be the thing that makes the difference between modest economic growth and recession. So come on Boris, for the sake of our dividends…DividendSpeaking of dividends, one of the things Lloyds’ bears fear is a cut. The bank was forced to halt its share buyback programme when PPI claims climbed way above the levels we’d been expecting. But that’s over now.And there’s one positive I take from it, considering some commentators were predicting a dividend cut and a share price collapse should the PPI total rise too high. Well, it reached an eye-watering £21.9bn, but the share price didn’t collapse. And there’s no sign of a dividend cut.In fact, Lloyds has just lifted its 2019 dividend by 5% to 3.37p per share. Not only wasn’t it cut, it was raised by more than twice the rate of inflation.Still, other things could impact on the dividend, like proposed new legislation requiring even better levels of liquidity in the future. But on that score, we’re out of the EU now, so there should be less pressure from that direction.The longer we get into 2020 without a dividend cut, the more I can see the share price gaining ground.Consumer debtCould a consumer credit bust be a cause of dividend pressure? On top of falling mortgages and business loans, a rising tide of consumer debts going bad could turn the screw on the dividend.But I saw nothing to worry me on that score in the 2019 results. And while I think a continued economic downturn almost certainly will lead to increased bad debts, I don’t see a credit bust.The main reason is there hasn’t been a credit boom. Since the banking crisis, UK discretionary spending has remained very restrained — just ask any high street retailer how things are going.Big names going bust, or struggling, really does feed back to the spending public. And when we see companies like Thomas Cook failing, it puts is in a pessimistic mood and helps keep our hands in our pockets.The more we don’t see escalating bad consumer credit, the more I think we could see improving share price strength. 3 things I think could boost the Lloyds share price in 2020 See all posts by Alan Oscroft 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.center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Alan Oscroft owns shares of Lloyds Banking Group. 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. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.last_img read more

Forget the Cash ISA! These FTSE 250 dividend shares yield 8%

first_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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. 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. 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. Rupert Hargreaves | Thursday, 5th March, 2020 | More on: MARS PFG Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! The best flexible Cash ISA interest rate on the market at the moment is just 1.3%. This tiny rate doesn’t even cover the rate of inflation. However, following recent market declines, some fantastic income bargains have emerged in the FTSE 250.Many of these companies offer dividend yields several times higher than the best Cash ISA rate, which could make them a better investment over the long run.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…With that in mind, here are two FTSE 250 dividend champions that currently yield more than 8%.MarstonsBrewer, pubs and hotels group Marston’s (LSE: MARS) has been proving its doubters wrong for the past six years. Despite rising costs and razor-thin margins, the business has gone from strength to strength since 2014. Revenues have increased at a compound annual rate of 8.3% during this period, and operating profit has increased five-fold.The future looks bright for the business as well. Analysts are expecting net profit and earnings per share to continue growing over the next two years. What’s more, over the longer run, the company’s revenues should continue to expand at least in line with inflation as it increases prices charged to customers.Today, investors can snap a share in this well-run operation for just 6.7 times earnings. That suggests the stock offers a wide margin of safety and current levels. Indeed, the rest of the hotel industry is trading at mid-teens earnings multiple, implying Marston’s is undervalued by around 100%.On top of this attractive valuation, the stock also supports a dividend yield of 8.7%. Unfortunately, the dividend hasn’t been increased since 2016. Nevertheless, it’s covered 1.7 times by earnings, which suggests it’s entirely secure for the time being.Provident FinancialSub-prime lender Provident Financial (LSE: PFG) has had a rough time of it over the past three years. Still, it now looks as if the business is finally starting to get back on its feet.Recent trading updates show profits are starting to grow again, and customer receivables — the amount of money the company has lent to borrowers but has not yet reclaimed — declined by nearly 10% in 2019. New customer numbers also increased last year by 1%.These figures suggest the group is moving in the right direction. Over the next few years, management is planning to reduce costs and improve the group’s return on equity, a key measure of profitability for every £1 invested in the business.Provident should also be able to capitalise on the collapse of other high-cost lenders in the past few years. It can use its reputation and scale to grab new business from the former customers of these operations.Despite its growth potential, shares in the company are currently trading at a price-to-earnings ratio of just 8. In addition, the stock offers a dividend yield of 7.6%, more than twice the market average.Therefore, now could be the time to snap a share of this recovered lender as it moves from the recovery to the growth stage of its comeback. Forget the Cash ISA! These FTSE 250 dividend shares yield 8% Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address See all posts by Rupert Hargreaveslast_img read more

I’d buy this 7%-yielding FTSE 100 dividend stock today!

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. Rupert Hargreaves | Tuesday, 10th March, 2020 | More on: ADM Image source: Getty Images. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! After the recent market declines, there’s a whole range of FTSE 100 dividend stocks available to investors that yield more than 5%. So when it comes to blue-chip income, investors are spoilt for choice. Indeed, some of these companies offer dividends of 7% or more.Here’s just one of these FTSE 100 dividend champions that looks undervalued after recent declines.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…FTSE 100 dividend incomeInsurance group Admiral (LSE: ADM) has earned its reputation as one of the FTSE 100’s top income stocks. Every year, the company pays out almost all of its earnings from operations to shareholders. A combination of regular and special dividends make up the total payout.By offering a combination of a regular and special dividend, management has the flexibility to vary the payout. It can maintain the regular distribution while cutting the special dividend to retain cash.Still, despite the FTSE 100 dividend champion’s income credentials, shares in the business have plunged since the beginning of the year. Following this decline, Admiral’s dividend yield has spiked. It currently stands at around 7%. The FTSE 100 average is 4.8%.Recent trading updates from the UK’s largest insurance company suggest these declines are unwarranted. Last week, the company reported a record set of results, with its UK insurance business performing better than expected. Meanwhile, reduced losses helped improve reserve releases, unlocking additional cash.Growth aheadOne of the most impressive things about Admiral is its growth potential. The FTSE 100 dividend star has several growth initiatives underway at present. These include the expansion of its personal loans business, its international insurance businesses and comparison website.Of these three, the comparison website, Confused.com, is the only division that’s currently profitable. However, in the past two or three years, growth at the personal loans business and international insurance operation has exploded. These two divisions should start contributing to the group’s bottom line in the next few years.Admiral’s expansion should help the company outperform its peers. The UK insurance market is relatively developed and highly competitive. As such, growth is hard to come by. By expanding into other lines of business, the FTSE 100 dividend stock can outgrow its peers, which could push down overall group costs.Lower costs will allow the business to offer customers better deals, cementing its position as the UK’s largest car insurance business.The bottom lineInvestors have rushed to sell shares in Admiral over the past week or so due to concerns about the impact the Covid-19 outbreak might have on operations. However, Admiral is unlikely to see a sustained drop off in demand for its services as car insurance remains a legal requirement in the UK.This suggests the company should continue to grow and throw off a healthy income stream for shareholders for the foreseeable future. The virus outbreak is unlikely to have a significant impact on Admiral’s overall operations.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. Enter Your Email Address I’d buy this 7%-yielding FTSE 100 dividend stock 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. See all posts by Rupert Hargreaveslast_img read more

This share price has fallen 50%. I’m buying and here’s why

first_imgThis share price has fallen 50%. I’m buying and here’s why Andy Ross owns shares in WPP. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Image source: Getty Images. See all posts by Andy Ross 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.center_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Andy Ross | Tuesday, 17th March, 2020 | More on: WPP 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’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Nearly all shares have been hit in the recent market crash. Some though have as ever been hit harder than others. One such company is global advertising and marketing group WPP (LSE: WPP).The sharesThe WPP share price has fallen by over 50% in just the last month. It means the shares now have a P/E of 8 and a dividend yield of over 10%. This is a seemingly very attractive combination of a low-value share and a high income.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…However, WPP has fallen worse than many other companies in the current bear market because it’s got other problems on its hands. For its latest full year, pre-tax profits fell to £982m from £1.2bn. Revenue slipped 0.3% to £10.8bn. Operating profits from continuing operations fell 5.6% to £1.6bn.Coronavirus, if it causes a global recession, is likely to hit advertising particularly hard. Advertising is one of those corporate budgets that companies cut when economic conditions toughen. It seems highly likely that’s exactly what’s going to happen in the short term.Another challenge WPP faces is the dominance of Facebook and Google when it comes to digital marketing. As brands move spend online and away from traditional advertising there’s the possibility it may squeeze opportunities at some of WPP’s agencies.Reasons for optimismThe advertising holding company clearly faces some financial and operational challenges. This explains why the share price has slumped so rapidly. Though it’s not all bad and investors may see value in the shares, especially now.In the UK and ‘rest of the world’ (which includes Asia) the business is still growing, albeit at a low level. The regions saw 0.3% and 1.4% revenue growth respectively. The sale of its Kantar operation means debt can be reduced, from £4bn down to £1.5bn, while £950m will be returned to shareholders through a buyback.The business under Mark Read has slimmed down a lot after rapid acquisition-led growth under Sir Martin Sorrell. Some 50 agencies have gone in the last 18 months. The business is now using data and technology to offer new services to clients, for example helping them succeed on online marketplaces like Amazon and Alibaba.The dividend has been held flat for a couple of years, allowing management to avoid a cut thus far, and dividend cover is still relatively healthy at over 1.3x.Taken together, I am confident with my recent purchase of WPP shares and would be tempted to pick up more once it becomes clearer that the market is recovering from its current coronavirus-induced panic.I know the group faces a number of hurdles, but overall, it’s a business with good margins, reducing debt and a very healthy dividend. The potential for a turnaround to drive significant value for shareholders is also appealing. The ad world is changing, but so is WPP.last_img read more

I think these are the best UK shares to buy in the stock market crash

first_img 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. Image source: Getty Images Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Matthew Dumigan | Sunday, 19th April, 2020 | More on: HSV PRU Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. See all posts by Matthew Dumigan I think these are the best UK shares to buy in the stock market crashcenter_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares The stock market crash has thrown up many bargains within the FTSE 350. With so many companies trading on dirt-cheap valuations, you may be wondering what are the best UK stocks to buy right now.Here are two I think are among the best shares you can invest in at the moment.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…HomeServeHome emergency repairs company HomeServe (LSE: HSV) operates worldwide and is an established market leader in its field.           Last year’s financial performance was noticeably strong. Revenue and statutory operating profit were up 12% and 13% respectively. On top of this, the company boasted an impressive customer retention rate of 82%.Due to being designated as an essential service, its operations haven’t been hugely affected by Covid-19. Business has continued as usual and bosses have taken the decision not to furlough or fire any staff.What’s more, earlier in the month, HomeServe said it expected to deliver full-year profits ahead of expectations in light of the company maintaining a full workforce during the pandemic.Despite all this, the share price has fallen by around 15% since its mid-February highs. However, over the last month it’s risen from a low of 768p to close at 1,128p on Friday.the shares trade at a price-to-earnings ratio of 34, which for me is justified by the company’s bright prospects. Expansion in new and existing markets will be a key avenue for continued growth.All things considered, I think shares in HomeServe offer great value with the prospect of attractive returns in the future. Considering the company’s strong performance in light of the global pandemic, I think it’s one of the best UK stocks to buy right now.PrudentialPrudential (LSE: PRU) is an international financial services company providing a wide range of goods and services. The group specialises in insurance and asset management.As a result of the stock market crash, the company’s share price has fallen by around 30%. That’s a substantially larger fall than the FTSE 100 index as a whole, which has shed around 21% of its value.What’s more, a price-to-earnings ratio of close to 7 reinforces the notion that there may be value to be had. Especially considering the company’s prospects for further growth.The group has successfully expanded into the Asian market and is experiencing rapid growth in the region. This, combined with a mature and established position in the US division, leads me to believe that the company’s strategy of diversification will continue to pay off.Furthermore, demographic trends are certainly in Prudential’s favour. A growing, yet ageing, population is good news for business, meaning the company is an attractive investment for the long term.Early last week, the company revealed that a prominent director in the firm purchased shares in the company. That’s a sure sign of directors’ confidence in the future of the group.Prudential is yet to announce a decision regarding its final dividend payment. But regardless of the outcome, I think the company possesses the balance sheet and cash necessary to come out the other end in good shape.As with HomeServe, I think shares in Prudential represent great value combined with bright future prospects. In my opinion, the company is one of the best UK stocks to buy right now. Matthew Dumigan has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Homeserve and Prudential. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Enter Your Email Address 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”last_img read more

Stock market crash: I believe this FTSE 100 share is a bargain buy now

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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Manika Premsingh | Wednesday, 6th May, 2020 | More on: ULVR Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Last week, as the FTSE 100 closed above 6,000 for the first time in over a month, I sat wondering if the stock market crash was indeed past its worst. Apparently not. The FTSE 100 index fell in three of the last four sessions at the time of writing. The Warren Buffett strategyAnd that’s not all. Incoming numbers on the economy are dismal. According to an Office of National Statistics (ONS) survey, all businesses that are still running say their turnover has fallen. The majority of them expect the situation to worsen or stay the same as the lockdown continues to create economic uncertainty. Even Warren Buffett is  sounding worried, according to a New York Times report. In fact, he reportedly sat it out during the stock market crash and invested exclusively in US Treasury bills.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…FTSE 100 and economic growthSo what’s an investor to do when the economy just isn’t supporting stock markets? It’s true that the worst is yet to come for the economy. But on the bright side, stock markets themselves can well be a ‘leading indicator’ for economic trends. In other words, they can foretell what’s next for the economy.So, for instance, the stock market crash took place before a recession showed up in macroeconomic numbers. In fact, it still hasn’t. Economy data’s released with a lag. The latest three-month rolling GDP estimate shows 0.1% growth, which is an improvement over the past two prints, but the number is until February. We all know what’s happened since. Investing in growth shares in the stock market crashThis means that investors can have some confidence about what’s ahead, even if the immediate future looks scary. High-quality FTSE 100 stocks are a safe bet right now, I believe. After the small FTSE 100 correction in the past few days, some stocks have become more attractive than they were earlier. One of these is the FTSE 100 consumer goods giant Unilever (LSE: ULVR), which touched its lowest share price since the start of April yesterday. This brought it 10% below the level it was at two months ago. But it’s not just the broader trend that’s bringing ULVR down. It’s results released two weeks ago are disappointing. Its sales have shown zero growth, and in light of the coronavirus crisis, it has withdrawn its growth guidance for 2020. However, I still think it’s a great buy. For one,  its sale of domestic hygiene and in-home food products is seeing an upswing, even while other segments are lagging. This is far more than many other businesses can say. Two, it also mentions its strong balance sheet and cash position, both of which are positives for long-term investors. Three, its long-term share price history inspires confidence in ULVR’s ability to allow for capital apprecation overtime. ULVR’s pricier in absolute terms than many other FTSE 100 companies, but it holds potential to give great returns. I think it’s worth buying.  Enter Your Email Addresscenter_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. Image source: Getty Images Stock market crash: I believe this FTSE 100 share is a bargain buy now  Manika Premsingh has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Unilever. 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I’d listen to Warren Buffett and invest in this share

first_img 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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’d listen to Warren Buffett and invest in this share Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Image source: The Motley Fool Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Sharescenter_img Warren Buffett is an investing legend who has dropped many pearls of wisdom over the years. The quote, “Be fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful” has always resonated with me because it epitomises the mindset of a contrarian investor. Covid has presented an opportunity to follow this excellent advice.There are many shares in the UK market that I believe Warren Buffett would take an interest in, but the one I like the most is Cineworld Group (LSE: CINE). 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…Before I dive into the reasons why, I want to introduce a second quote from Buffett’s mentor Benjamin Graham, another titan of value investing. In his book The Intelligent Investor he wrote, “Buy when most people, including experts, are pessimistic, and sell when they are actively optimistic”. I believe that Cineworld is an opportunity to follow the wisdom of Warren Buffett and Ben Graham. Since the beginning of the year, Cineworld shares have fallen 76%. This is a definite example of fear causing the price to fall spectacularly. While it quickly recovered from the lows of in March, it has gained little ground since then. These price movements imply that investors are fearful for the future of Cineworld. I believe this has led to the kind of opportunity that Warren Buffett would capitalise on. Cineworld also has a sizeable amount of short interest at 7.5% of all shares. These short positions are held by hedge funds, the alleged experts. On a basic level, professionals short stocks because they are fearful about the future of the company. While funds can profit from short positions, they are also often wrong – so shorted companies should not be avoided, in my opinion. This shows the kind of fear and professional opinion that Warren Buffett and his mentor Ben Graham were talking about. Cineworld’s share price has fallen so far because the company lost all its revenue when this crisis began, but when its cinemas reopen at the end of this month, the hardest part should be over. The company’s recovery will not be swift, but it does not have to be for the brave investor to make money. I believe that consumers will return to cinemas after months of being stuck at home. Die-hard fans will certainly return to see the big screen as soon as they can. This kind of captive audience provides a form of defensive moat that would attract Warren Buffett, I believe.It may take several years for traffic to return to pre-pandemic levels, but the industry should recover. While Cineworld stock has performed poorly in the past few years, I believe the current price offers a high return opportunity. The only downside left in Cineworld stock is the prospect of bankruptcy, which investors should consider. However, the announcement of further lines of credit should enable the company to survive, unless further widespread lockdowns occur.Cineworld may have a long road ahead of it before it recovers, but I think its shares could be an investment that Warren Buffett and Ben Graham would proud of. However, as other Fools have noted, this investment is not for the faint-hearted.  Charles Heighton has no position in any 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. Charles Heighton | Tuesday, 14th July, 2020 | More on: CINE “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Enter Your Email Address See all posts by Charles Heightonlast_img read more