The Rolls-Royce share price is down over 60%. Should you buy in 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. Andy Ross | Thursday, 20th August, 2020 | More on: RR Enter Your Email Address 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. So far this year Rolls-Royce (LSE: RR) has been hit hard. The Rolls-Royce share price is down over 60%. It also missed out on the rally following the UK election last year. The problems the company faces, which pre-date the pandemic, have been made worse by the devastating effects of Covid-19 on the aviation industry. This industry is a major customer for Rolls-Royce.Rolls-Royce shares: cheaper but facing problemsAlthough buying a fallen share can be tempting, it’s not without risk. Even after a 60% fall, the RR share price can (and in my opinion, likely will) fall further.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 main reason is that Rolls-Royce needs aircraft to be flying as it sells engines at a loss. Instead it makes its money from aftercare services and maintenance. This now makes Rolls-Royce a lot less money as planes are flying less. This situation is unlikely to change any time soon as I don’t see sentiment that could help the share price improving.To add to its owes, recently, the engineer has found signs of wear in compressor blades used in its Trent XWB-84 engines. This is another engineering failure after the company has spent more than £2bn dealing with faults in its Trent 1000 engines.Its customers need reassurance that they can trust Rolls-Royce. Engineering is a competitive business and eventually these mistakes will see customers exiting. The firm needs to up its game to keep its reputation.Another reason for concern is that a large investor, ValueAct, has just sold its entire stake, probably at a significant loss. Insiders apparently expressed frustration that six years of restructuring haven’t delivered better performance, as the latest engines issues show.The problems are likely to continueThe current woes are hitting the balance sheet hard. Moody’s, the US credit agency, has cut Rolls-Royce’s rating to that of junk. It expects “substantial” cash outflows as the engine-maker takes a hit from the coronavirus pandemic. Moody’s cut the long-term senior unsecured rating of Rolls-Royce to Ba2 from Baa3 and maintained a ‘negative’ outlook.This will make it harder and more expensive to raise capital. Coinciding with reduced revenues and ongoing uncertainty in its key markets I think the Rolls-Royce share price could continue to be squeezed. And with little demand for the shares in the current environment, I think they could fall further.That makes them too risky for me. Indeed according to shorttracker.co.uk two funds are shorting the shares and this also concerns me.There could be a turnaround down the line, but for the time being, the Rolls-Royce share price doesn’t appeal to me. The aviation industry is unlikely to improve soon so I see no reason why the shares will be any different. Any bad news on the covid front could really stick the knife in and see the share tank. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Andy Ross owns no 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. The Rolls-Royce share price is down over 60%. Should you buy in now? Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. 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3 resilient shares I’d buy for the next stock market crash

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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. 3 resilient shares I’d buy for the next stock market crash Alan Oscroft has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended 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. 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 Image source: Getty Images Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now! Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. When it comes to stock market crashes and investors selling, there are some companies pretty much guaranteed to do good business. I’m thinking of stockbrokers. Those providing the investing platforms, the ISAs, the SIPPs. And then there’s the company providing the market itself, London Stock Exchange Group (LSE: LSE).FTSE 100 investment firm Hargreaves Lansdown (LSE: HL) gave us an update Thursday. In the three months to 30 September, the firm attracted net new business of £0.8bn, with net new clients numbering 31,000. Assets under management rose 3% from June’s figure, to £106.9bn. And revenue grew 12% from the same period last year, to £143.7m.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…CEO Chris Hill said: “These results are against the ongoing backdrop of market uncertainty and highlight the resilience of our business model and client proposition“. That’s what companies like this are all about. Wherever markets are going, up, down, or sideways, whether there’s a stock market crash or a boom, investors are buying and selling assets. And companies providing the means to do that will make their profits.My only reservation has been the Hargreaves Lansdown share price, which I thought was overheated. But we’ve seen a big correction since 2019’s highs. There’s still a premium valuation, but I see HL as a premium defensive investment.What stock market crash?AJ Bell (LSE: AJB) shares have more than doubled since the firm’s market debut in December 2018. That’s even more remarkable when the rise covers the 2020 stock market crash.The AJ Bell share price fell pretty hard in the early days of the pandemic. But it’s put in one of the quickest recoveries, and it’s now only down a couple of percent since the start of the year.The firm’s Q3 update showed an 8% rise in customer numbers in the quarter. And over 12 months, the count was up 26%. Net inflows of £1.2bn in the quarter led to total assets under management reaching £54.3bn. Looking back over the firm’s pre-flotation past, it’s managed to grow revenues by 120% over the past six years. Over that same period, profits have almost trebled.Will we see growing demand for low-cost stock broker services in the decades ahead? With the State Pension deteriorating and people increasingly making their own provisions, I think so.Buy the market itself?And then, of course, maybe the best thing to buy is the market maker itself. The London Stock Exchange share price has risen 15% in 2020, while its top index, the FTSE 100, has fallen 21%. So while the stock market crash pushed top share prices down, the company behind it all is up.The LSE had a good first half too. Revenue rose 4%, with total income up 8%. Adjusted operating expenses did rise, by 8%. But adjusted operating profit grew by the same 8%. The firm’s adjusted EBITDA margin remained pretty much constant, at an impressive 54.6%. And adjusted EPS grew by 11%.CEO David Schwimmer said: “The Group has delivered a good financial performance in the first half of 2020 against the backdrop of unprecedented circumstances.” It’s proved strongly resistant to the 2020 stock market crash, for sure.LSE shares are very much on a premium valuation at the moment, with a P/E of around 40. That’s a bit high, even for a defensive stock. It could be one to buy on the dips. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. Alan Oscroft | Friday, 9th October, 2020 | More on: AJB HL See all posts by Alan Oscroftlast_img read more

Worried about the State Pension? I’d buy UK shares in an ISA to retire in comfort

first_img Image source: Getty Images Peter Stephens | Sunday, 1st November, 2020 I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. “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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Worried about the State Pension? I’d buy UK shares in an ISA to retire in comfort Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Investing in UK shares after the stock market crash may not seem to be a sound means of building a retirement nest egg. However, indexes such as the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 have long track records of growth that have seen them produce annualised total returns in the high-single digits.As such, they could provide a sound means of countering a disappointing State Pension. It amounts to just £9,110 per year. Therefore, a supplementary passive income provided by an ISA portfolio of British shares could provide greater financial freedom for retirees.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…Buying UK shares after a stock market crashThe recent stock market crash has highlighted the potential for volatile performance from UK shares. However, bear markets, corrections and downturns can occur at any time. Indeed, any company can produce a disappointing performance that causes a fall in its stock price. In other words, the stock market is full of unknowns that can lead to disappointing returns and paper losses for investors over the short run.However, in the long run, indexes such as the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 have excellent track records of growth. They have historically outperformed other mainstream assets such as cash and bonds. Meanwhile, building a diverse portfolio of stocks is more accessible than investing in buy-to-let property. Therefore, long-term investors may be able to build a portfolio of stocks that produces a surprisingly large nest egg by the time retirement comes along. From this, a generous passive income may be drawn through a diverse range of UK shares.Building an ISA portfolio to supplement the State PensionAn ISA portfolio of UK shares can help retirees to enjoy greater financial comfort. After all, the State Pension is unlikely to provide a sufficient income for most people. It currently amounts to around a third of the average UK salary. So it’s likely to require a supplementary passive income.A Stocks and Shares ISA offers a convenient and cost-effective means of accessing the growth potential of the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250. An ISA can be set up online in a matter of minutes. Meanwhile, the cost of administering it is extremely low, in many cases. Moreover, retirees can withdraw as much money as they like from an ISA at any time without penalty or tax payments. This makes them a flexible means to supplement the State Pension.Clearly, buying UK shares means higher risks than other assets such as cash and bonds. However, the long-term growth prospects of a diverse ISA portfolio of stocks could make them relatively attractive on a risk/reward basis. As such, now could be the right time for an investor to consider purchasing FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 shares. Certainly while they trade at lower prices following the stock market crash. See all posts by Peter Stephenslast_img read more

Rolls-Royce shares: should I buy?

first_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Enter Your Email Address Rolls-Royce (LSE: RR) shares have had a lot of attention lately, but the stock has been falling. So if it has taken a hit, is now a buying opportunity? I think so and I’d buy Rolls-Royce shares in my portfolio. Civil AerospaceI can’t deny that Roll-Royce’s main business, the Civil Aerospace division has been severely hit by the coronavirus pandemic. I think what makes it worse is that revenue from this business accounts for over 50% of the company’s total earnings.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 what does the Civil Aerospace division do? In a nutshell, it manufactures and services engines for the airline industry. So it’s no surprise that it has been hit by the pandemic. Global restrictions have meant little travel travel, thereby having a knock-on effect on the need for Rolls-Royce’s services.Now that there’s a mass vaccination programme under way, I expect air travel to start recovering slowly. I reckon there’s pent-up demand for people to holiday abroad. This in turn should start having a positive impact on Rolls-Royce shares.In its December trading update, Rolls-Royce reported that the Civil Aerospace business is gradually recovering. The number of large engine flying hours at the time was 42% of 2019’s level.While no one can predict the shape and timing of the recovery in air traffic, Rolls-Royce expects travel to pick up in the second half of 2021. By this time, I’d expect vaccines to have been rolled out a significant portion of the UK and global populationLiquidityDuring the coronavirus crisis, Rolls-Royce improved its liquidity position. It raised money from a rights issue, and secured additional loans, as well as drawing on its existing cash reserves.Rolls-Royce took further measures by implementing cost-cutting measures and disposing of certain assets. To me, these steps have not only made the firm leaner but have also strengthened the balance sheet.According to its latest update, Rolls-Royce has access to £9bn in liquidity. It forecasts £2bn in cash outflow for 2021. For now, I reckon it can weather the storm and I’d buy the shares.RisksI think the biggest risk right now facing Rolls-Royce share is that no one knows how long this pandemic and restrictions will persist for. If this crisis drags on, this may place a strain on the business and liquidity reserves.Furthermore, if air travel doesn’t pick up in the second half of 2021 then Rolls-Royce may have to raise further capital. Another round of financing may not be well received by investors and could impact the share price.Defence businessClearly, I don’t think all is lost with Roll-Royce shares. I believe investors have become fixated on the company’s Civil Aerospace business and have forgotten that it has other divisions as well. In fact, I’d like to highlight its Defence business, which accounts for 20% of earnings.What I like about Rolls-Royce shares is that the defence business throughout the pandemic has been resilient. The company has defence contracts with the UK and US governments. It also has a strong order book and 2021 forecast sales are well covered.For now, I’m happy with the stable revenue visibility from this division.  “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.center_img Nadia Yaqub | Monday, 22nd February, 2021 | More on: RR See all posts by Nadia Yaqub Rolls-Royce shares: should I buy? Nadia Yaqub 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. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool.last_img read more

Stock market rally: is it too late to buy and hold cheap dividend stocks?

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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Stock market rally: is it too late to buy and hold cheap dividend stocks? 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Are you on the lookout for UK growth stocks?If so, get this FREE no-strings report now.While it’s available: you’ll discover what we think is a top growth stock for the decade ahead.And the performance of this company really is stunning.In 2019, it returned £150million to shareholders through buybacks and dividends.We believe its financial position is about as solid as anything we’ve seen.Since 2016, annual revenues increased 31%In March 2020, one of its senior directors LOADED UP on 25,000 shares – a position worth £90,259Operating cash flow is up 47%. (Even its operating margins are rising every year!)Quite simply, we believe it’s a fantastic Foolish growth pick.What’s more, it deserves your attention today.So please don’t wait another moment. Image source: Getty Images. Peter Stephens | Tuesday, 2nd March, 2021 FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free. Enter Your Email Address The rally following the 2020 stock market crash has allowed many shares to trade at significantly higher prices. Despite this, it’s still possible to purchase cheap dividend stocks in order to obtain a generous passive income and the potential for capital growth.Through focusing on their quality and future prospects, an investor can realistically build an attractive portfolio of income shares. On a relative basis, it could deliver high returns in a low interest rate environment.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…Cheap dividend stocks may still be availableWhile the recent stock market rally has pushed many share valuations to higher levels, some sectors remain modestly valued by comparison. Within them it may be possible to buy cheap dividend stocks. Certainly since bullish investors may have turned their attention to other industries that apparently offer higher growth rates at present.For example, a number of strong businesses in the retail and consumer goods sectors appear to have bright long-term outlooks. Moreover, they seem to have the financial means to overcome future risks from a challenging economic outlook to produce a rising dividend payout for investors. Due to weak investor sentiment at the present time, they could offer the potential to generate impressive total returns in the coming years.Focusing on the quality of income sharesOf course, not every cheap dividend stock could be worth buying. The world economy has experienced one of its biggest ever shocks in recent months. As such, high dividends from previous years may fail to be paid in future. Similarly, some companies may struggle to survive difficult operating conditions. Especially if they have large debts or weak cash flow.Therefore, it’s important to check the quality of any stock before buying it. This can mean taking steps such as reading its latest investor updates, assessing its strategy, and analysing recent annual reports. Doing so allows an investor to build a strong picture of the company in question so they avoid potentially unattractive investments.Moreover, they may be able to find the strongest businesses that trade at the lowest prices. They could prove to be the most appealing cheap dividend stocks to buy at the present time.Considering the relative appeal of dividend sharesCheap dividend stocks may be less prevalent than they were several months ago due to the stock market rally. However, their relative appeal appears to be high. The world is currently operating in a low interest rate environment that could persist for a number of months, or even years.Therefore, relying on other income-producing assets to generate a passive income may prove to be a disappointing move. By contrast, the return potential from dividend shares that trade at low prices could be highly attractive from a long-term standpoint. See all posts by Peter Stephenslast_img read more

Here’s why I’d buy Polymetal International shares for both income and growth

first_img Image source: Getty Images. 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. Here’s why I’d buy Polymetal International shares for both income and growth Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address “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! jonathansmith1 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.center_img Jonathan Smith | Thursday, 11th March, 2021 | More on: POLY 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. As an investor, sometimes I’m attracted to a stock because of the dividend yield. Other times, it’s the growth potential I see in the share price. Occasionally, both of these combine together. At the moment, I think this is the case for Polymetal International (LSE:POLY) shares. Thanks to a recent increase in the dividend payout, the commodity stock now appeals to me on both fronts.Income and growthFirst up is the case for income. Earlier this month, we got the full-year results from the business. When looking at the viability of a stock to pay out a sustainable dividend, I’m looking at cash flow and debt levels. Polymetal reduced net debt by 16% from 2019, to around $1.3bn. This ensured free cash flow increased substantially, enabling a payout of $480m in dividends.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…This sharp increase in the dividend payments increases the dividend per share, and thus the overall dividend yield. Even with Polymetal shares rallying on the results, the yield still increased to 6.32%. This is almost double the FTSE 100 average, and definitely looks attractive to me.In terms of growth, the results showed a very strong year thanks to rising commodity prices. Revenue jumped 28%, with total cash costs down 3%, leading to a very healthy overall profit. I do accept that you could credit the performance mostly to gold and other precious metal prices, instead of Polymetal specifically. At the same time, as long as I’m aware of this, I don’t see it as a risk.Personally, I think the gold price will rise above $2,000 per ounce by the end of the year due to low interest rates around the world. Low rates mean investors feel more comfortable allocating funds elsewhere, even in non-income paying assets like gold. So even if the company just keeps on performing with the factors in its control, Polymetal shares should rise.What’s the risks with Polymetal shares?A big risk is the currency fluctuations for Polymetal shares. The company is exposed mainly to the Russian rouble and Kazakhstani tenge. This worked in the company’s favour last year, with both currencies depreciating versus the US dollar. However, if they bounce back this year, it’ll hurt profits. Given the volatility of these emerging markets currencies, I’d be cautious. Although not explicitly stated, I’d hope the company is aware of this risk and has taken steps to hedge or protect itself in this regard.One other risk is Covid-19. Any mine or construction area could be shut down again by the government. Given that Polymetal has mines around the world, it’s more exposed to Covid-19 disruptions than domestic businesses. Not only the mines, but transportation as well. However, I personally think the worst of the pandemic is behind us. Therefore I’m not overly concerned in this area.Ultimately, I think Polymetal shares look very attractive and would look to buy in. The generous dividend increase helps my passive income, and the upside from the gold price could pull the share price higher too. 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 Jonathan Smithlast_img read more

Should I buy Lloyds shares?

first_img Enter Your Email Address We think that when a company’s CEO owns 12.1% of its stock, that’s usually a very good sign.But with this opportunity it could get even better.Still only 55 years old, he sees the chance for a new “Uber-style” technology.And this is not a tiny tech startup full of empty promises.This extraordinary company is already one of the largest in its industry.Last year, revenues hit a whopping £1.132 billion.The board recently announced a 10% dividend hike.And it has been a superb Motley Fool income pick for 9 years running!But even so, we believe there could still be huge upside ahead.Clearly, this company’s founder and CEO agrees. Should I buy Lloyds shares? Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Getty Images Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Learn how you can grab this ‘Top Income Stock’ Report now 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 The Motley Fool UK’s Top Income Stock… See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves 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 owns no share 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. I have been considering buying Lloyds (LSE: LLOY) shares for my portfolio for quite some time. I nearly came close to pulling the trigger in late 2019. Back then, it looked as if the bank had finally moved on from its financial crisis problems and was at the beginning of a growth spurt.However, the coronavirus crisis forced me to rethink my opinion of the business. As loan losses piled up, it looked as if the bank would suffer years of low profits and high costs as it tried to recover all of the outstanding and defaulted loans. 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…Luckily, the Bank of England and the government acted rapidly to try and stabilise the economy. This has helped minimise the financial fallout.At the beginning of the pandemic, some analysts speculated that the UK’s largest banks could come close to collapse under the sheer volume of defaulted loans. They never even came close. In fact, lenders like Lloyds have exited the crisis in a stronger financial position than they went in thanks, in part, to the dividend ban that was in place for much of last year. As such, I’m now once again considering adding Lloyds shares to my portfolio. Growth potentialI’m incredibly excited about the future of the UK economy. All economic indicators show it’s on track to recover from the coronavirus pandemic by the middle of next year.There are also some signs that the pandemic has helped push pay and productivity across the economy higher as companies have invested in new tech and hiked wages for valuable staff. On top of this, consumers have saved tens of billions of pounds over the past 12-24 months. Once again, there are signs this money is being spent around the UK. As one of the UK’s largest banks, Lloyds’ fortunes are tied to those of the country’s economy. And as the economy returns to growth, I think the demand for loans and other financial products will increase. This should help Lloyds’ bottom line. The bank will also benefit from the fact it’s flush with cash. Its capital ratio was 16.1% at the end of March, compared to around 14% at the end of 2020. The higher the capital ratio, the more money Lloyds has to lend to customers, or return to investors. Lloyds shares on offer The combination of Lloyds’ strong balance sheet and UK economic growth suggests to me that now could be an excellent time to buy the stock. That said, the group is still likely to face some challenges as we advance. Low interest rates are causing havoc across the banking sector. These are likely to remain in place for some time, which will weigh on group profitability. At the same time, the bank could come under pressure again if coronavirus restrictions are extended. Still, despite these challenges, I’d buy Lloyds shares for their growth potential over the long run.  Rupert Hargreaves | Saturday, 12th June, 2021 | More on: LLOY last_img read more

David Wallace – Munster and Ireland

first_img“If I don’t feel competitive any more or have the will to go out there and win then I may as well hang up my boots, but luckily that doesn’t seem to be the case. You can’t get too far ahead of yourself, just put one foot in front of the other and take little steps.” That is exactly what Ireland will be doing this autumn, too. “New Zealand are the team to beat, and I don’t think we need to do anything majorly different, although we can look at the tactical side and ways of attacking,” he says. “Any time you play them with Ireland you’ve a chance of being the first team to do it, but sometimes we get a little carried away with saying that. First you need to focus on getting everything right about your game and the result will take care of itself.“New Zealand lead the way on a lot of things; they’re on a pedestal and they’re up there to be knocked down. Richie’s probably the world’s best No 7, and if I’m lucky enough to be playing for Ireland then I’m always going to be up against the best in the world.”The last Test in the series will be played against Argentina, with whom Ireland have a fiery history. The two countries have taken turns in knocking each other out of World Cups, but Ireland came out on top in their last meeting in the autumn of 2008. Although the Pumas were beaten twice by Scotland in the summer, they went on to hammer France, and Wallace knows they can’t be underestimated.“They’re always a very difficult opposition and they’ve proved that playing us over the years. Any time you play Argentina you’re going to get a very physical game up front, and they’ll probably look to play a lot of territory; they’ve got a very strong kicking game.”Leinster’s Shane Jennings was quick to step up to the plate in Wallace’s absence against Australia, but all being well you’d expect the older man to run out with a seven on his back this month; Wallace is not ready to relinquish his place in the Ireland team just yet. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Munster AN EARLY exit from Ireland’s summer tour Down Under proved to be the ideal tonic for David Wallace. The flanker returned home to Ireland for the birth of his second son, Harvey, missing the Test against Australia as a result.But the five-week break from the game also gave him some respite from an ongoing back injury, and left him feeling fit and refreshed.The same back injury has been troubling him since before last year’s Lions tour, perhaps a sign that ten years of top-level rugby are finally starting to take their toll. A series of injections has left him feeling a bit like a voodoo doll, but the latest treatment, in a new place in his back, seems to have done the trick – for the time being at least.This is welcome news for Declan Kidney as this month Ireland face South Africa, Samoa, New Zealand and Argentina at the new Aviva Stadium – and they will need their experienced stars to be on top form. Despite the gruelling nature of this autumn schedule, Wallace is relishing the chance to face the world’s best teams. “We’re getting a lot of high-quality games during this period, and the more you can play the likes of New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina, the more you improve and learn from it,” he says.“It’s brilliant to get a selection of those sort of teams playing us one after the other. Challenging, but brilliant.”Ireland have lost their last five games, to Scotland, the Barbarians, New Zealand, the Maori and Australia. But although Wallace was as disappointed as the next Irishman, he remains unconcerned about their recent poor form, claiming that it was the loss of just one game, against the Scots, that turned their season on its head. “The Scotland game was the one that really broke our season. If we’d won that last game of the Six Nations it wouldn’t have looked so bad,” he insists. “The New Zealand game was a strange one because we had the red card, a yellow card and a guy with a broken arm (John Muldoon) on the pitch at one stage, and New Zealand took full advantage. We nearly beat Australia in Australia and, especially with a lot of young guys coming through, they did well down there.”Now’s the time for a fresh start. Ireland open their campaign against South Africa on 6 November and will take confidence from the knowledge that the world champions not only grabbed the wooden spoon with both hands in the Tri-Nations, but have lost on their last three trips to Dublin.Next up are Samoa, who have defeated Ireland just once in four meetings, but it’s the match-up with New Zealand on 20 November that really gets Wallace’s blood pumping. Ireland have never beaten the All Blacks, but this current crop is champing at the bit in anticipation of having another chance, this time on home soil. Wallace, who will be up against Richie McCaw, insists that a win over New Zealand is not as out of reach as the odds suggest.last_img read more

Rugby World Cup 2011: Australia’s Coach – Robbie Deans

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS More Super titles followed in 2002, 2005 and 2006, and between 2004 and 2007 they won a record 26 straight games at home. His reign ended on a high in 2008, after he’d got the Wallabies job, as his Crusaders beat the Waratahs in the final to make it seven titles.Deans’s talent was recognised by the NZRU in 2001 when he was appointed assistant to All Blacks coach John Mitchell. The two worked together until the end of the 2003 World Cup, winning 22 of 27 Tests. Many thought Deans should have been the boss, and his fans were even more stunned when he wasn’t given the top job after the All Blacks’ RWC 2007 exit.As New Zealand stuck with Graham Henry, Australia signed Deans on a four-year contract. Mark Hammett, his assistant at the Crusaders, said: “We were flabbergasted that he didn’t get the All Blacks job. The Wallabies are bloody lucky. He has a philosophy which he always lives by, which is you do whatever is best for the team. He questions how he can improve, intensely and often. He always asks whether it’s good for the team. If it is, do it. If it isn’t, don’t. It’s that simple.”Results were important in Deans’s first year in charge, but more critical was the need to blood new Wallabies in time for this year’s World Cup. Key players had retired and there was a rebuilding job to do.By the end of 2009, Deans had capped 16 new players, but the overhaul of the squad hasn’t been painless. They lost four consecutive games during the 2009 Tri-Nations and only managed two wins out of six in last year’s tournament, but Wallaby spirits have been raised by last autumn’s 26-24 victory over New Zealand and the 59-16 walloping of France.Now Deans faces the biggest challenge of all – leading Australia at a World Cup in his homeland. He’s one of the most admired and successful coaches in world rugby, so will his side be cracking open the bubbly on 23 October? Be in no doubt, the Aussies will delight in gloating over the NZRU if Deans brings the cup ‘home’ to Sydney.This article appeared in Part 1 of our Rugby World Cup Supplement.To get a copy of the supplement contact [email protected] CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND – AUGUST 07: Coach of the Australian Wallabies Robbie Deans looks on during the 2010 Tri-Nations Bledisloe Cup match between the Australian Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks at AMI Stadium on August 7, 2010 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images) Robert Maxwell DeansAge 51 (4 September 1959)Birthplace Cheviot, N CanterburyCoaching history Canterbury, Crusaders, New Zealand (asst)Record as Australia coach (June 2008-present)P43 W24 L18 D1Kiwi Robbie Deans is hoping to shatter his countrymen’s World Cup dreams by guiding a Wallaby side he’s packed with thrilling young talent to the trophyRobbie Deans is the first non-Australian to coach the Wallabies, but his impressive record made it fitting for the national union to go out on a limb for him.The New Zealander is the most successful coach in Super Rugby history, having won 74% of his 120 matches in charge of the Crusaders and lifted the Super Rugby title seven times. As former Crusaders captain-turned-coach Todd Blackadder, says: “He has a thirst for excellence, and that rubs off on everyone around him. He’s a winner by heart and has a proven record of winning after turning failure around, by learning from it.”That ability to learn from defeat was most apparent after the Crusaders finished tenth in the 2001 Super 12. He realised some of his players were burnt out, so he examined how other sports trained their athletes and then tailored programmes to fit each individual. In 2002 the Crusaders became the only side in Super Rugby history to win every match. Job done.Deans also likes to work with a good team of coaches. “You must have good people around you and you have to give them licence to bring what they have,” he says. “You give yourself a much better chance if you have an inclusive approach, if you ask more than you tell. If you’re just telling all the time, you’re driving people into decline or submission and you get less from them when it matters.”Rugby is truly in his blood as his great uncle Bob was one of the ‘original’ All Blacks who toured Britain in 1905. Robbie and his younger brother Bruce followed in his footsteps. A full-back or fly-half, Deans played 146 games in 12 seasons for Canterbury, making him the fourth most-capped player in the team’s history, and racked up 1,641 points – more than any other Canterbury player, including Andrew Mehrtens and Dan Carter.He won five New Zealand caps, his Test debut coming at full-back against Scotland in 1983. The family connection with the All Blacks is enhanced by wife Penny, whose brother is the former chairman of the New Zealand Rugby Union and21-time All Black, Jock Hobbs.Deans found even greater success as a coach. He guided Canterbury to the 1997 NPC title in his first season and became team manager for the Crusaders, who were coached by Wayne Smith. They won the Super 12 in 1998, 1999 and again in 2000, by which time Deans had taken over as coach. 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England defeat Black Ferns… again to secure series win

first_img Tamara Taylor taking on the Black Ferns’ defenceEngland Women secured back to back victories over New Zealand for the first time ever tonight (Tuesday) following a dominant 21-7 victory at Esher RFC.Following Saturday’s 10-0 win over New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium England followed up that win with a three try effort despite making 11 changes to the starting line-up.Wing Georgina Roberts, skipper Katy McLean and hooker Vicky Fleetwood touched down for tries, with McLean adding two penalties to hand last year’s Rugby World Cup finalists a resounding win. England next take on the Black Ferns in the final game of the series on Saturday at Esher RFC, kick off 2pm.England Head Coach Gary Street said: “I am so proud of the performances the players have put in, but also really glad that I had faith in the whole squad to make 11 changes for tonight’s game as it proved justified. It wasn’t just about getting the points tonight that was important but it was the attitude and the strength the players showed. They didn’t panic when I made the changes to the starting line-up, instead they showed real character.“The backrow was superb tonight. With three young players starting, they were outstanding. Alexandra Matthews in particular was a revelation playing as an 18 year old against the world champions.” Added Street. “I have promised the players I will pick the best available side for Saturday’s game but selection will not be easy given the performances of all 26 players in the squad but I am already looking forward to the final game on Saturday already.”Despite only playing an international test match three days ago England got off to a blistering start. Some great pressure from the kick off saw England drive forward and put the Black Ferns under immediate pressure. Lock Tamara Taylor made a good break but in the end a penalty came their way and fly-half McLean stroked it over with ease, taking a 3-0 lead after just two minutes.The momentum continued for England with wing Georgina Roberts scoring the first try of the evening on just nine minutes. Again more pressure from England saw New Zealand under the cosh and the loose ball saw England pick up with centre Kim Oliver executing a superb long range pass to set-up Rachael Burford, who had the legs to power through the Black Ferns defence and set-up Roberts on the right wing. McLean couldn’t make the conversion but England still led 8-0.The world champions hit back though and were certainly showing more fizz and creativity than in the first encounter of this series. A New Zealand scrum saw the ball go loose but scrum half Kendra Cocksedge recovered well to pick up and make a break. Flanker Justine Lavea then finished off the move with a powerful blast over England’s try line. Kelly Brazier added the conversion to reduce the deficit to 8-7.The remainder of the half went all England’s way though with a series of scrums in New Zealand’s 22. McLean came close to scoring with a nice chip ahead but couldn’t ground it, while No.8 Matthews also pounded New Zealand’s defence on a number of occasions. Another fine attacking move involving Becky Essex and the impressive Natasha Hunt saw England close but in the end the pressure did turn into points for England with McLean converting a penalty while New Zealand lost Vita Robinson to the sin bin.After the break the tempo of the game remained relentless. New Zealand put England under pressure early on but England made the turnover and instead the visitors were left chasing their rivals after Michaela Staniford made a good break. Hannah Gallagher made some more yards for England before the ball went out-wide to Kat Merchant and then Kay Wilson who came close but was unable to score.47 minutes in and Mclean added England’s second try. Again following a series of scrums in New Zealand’s 22, England made the most of their chances and scrum half Hunt recycled the ball out to McLean who found a gap to break through and score. She couldn’t make the conversion, and even with England losing Kim Oliver to the sin bin, her side made an even bigger dent on the scoreboard.This time it was the turn of replacement hooker Vicky Fleetwood to take the honours. An England line-out saw Fleetwood throw in well for her teammate to bounce the ball straight back at her and she then show lightning pace and power to blast through New Zealand’s defence and score after 68 minutes. The score proved decisive with New Zealand, even though they fought to the very end, unable to claw their way back into the game. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 26: Tamara Taylor of England is tackled by Rebecca Mahoney of New Zealand during the Women’s Rugby Union International match bertween England and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on November 26, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)center_img England 15 Kay            Wilson            (Richmond), 14 Georgina Roberts (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), 13 Rachael Burford (Richmond), 12 Kimberley       Oliver  (Bristol), 11 Michaela          Staniford        (Wasps), 10 Katy           McLean          (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks) (C), 9 Natasha Hunt (Lichfield), 1 Claire Purdy (Wasps) (VC), 2 Amy Turner (Richmond), 3 Laura        Keates            (Worcester), 4 Rebecca            Essex (Richmond), 5 Tamara        Taylor(Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), 6 Hannah Gallagher (Saracens), 7 Marlie            Packer            (Bristol), 8 Alexandra Matthews (Richmond).Replacements: 16 Victoria           Fleetwood     (Lichfield), 17 Sophie Hemming   (Bristol), 18 Rowena            Burnfield            (Richmond), 19 Margaret Alphonsi          (Saracens), 20 La Toya       Mason            (Wasps), 21 Emily  Scarratt (Lichfield), 22 Katherine  Merchant       (Worcester)Tries: Roberts, McLean, FleetwoodPenalties: McLean (2)Substitutions: Merchant for Roberts, Fleetwood for Turner (52), Burnfield for Essex (57), Alphonsi for Gallagher (60), Keates for Hemming (64), Scarratt for Staniford (69).New Zealand:15 Kelly Brazier, 14 Katarina Whata, 13 Shakira Baker, 12 Amiria Rule, 11 Renee Wickliffe, 10 Rebecca Mahoney, 9 Kendra Cocksedge, 1 Kathleen Wilton, 2 Karina Penetito, 3 Mel Bosman, 4 Vita Robinson, 5 Kalani Matapo, 6 Lydia Crossman, 7 Justine Lavea, 8 Casey Robertson (C).Replacements: 16 Stephanie TeOhaere-Fox, 17 Muteremoana Aiatu, 18 Eloise Blackwell, 19 Aroha Savage, 20 Emma Jensen, 21 Teresa Te Tamaki, 22 Hazel TubicTries: LaveaConversions: BrazierEngland Autumn International SeriesNov 26th England v New Zealand, Twickenham Stadium, WON 10-0Nov 29th England v New Zealand, Esher RFC, KO 7pm, WON 21-7 www.rfu.com/englandwomenliveDec 3rd England v New Zealand, Esher RFC, 2pm, live on www.rfu.com/englandwomenliveTickets for the international tests at Esher RFC on November 29th and December 3rd will be available on the gate and cost £10 for adults and £5 for juniors. 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