Stock market recovery: 10 British stocks I’d buy in December 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. Just because we’re heading towards the end of the year doesn’t mean I get to take my foot off the accelerator with regards to investing. Global stock markets had an incredibly strong November. For example, US markets had their best performance in over three decades. Here in the UK, the stock market recovery was also in full swing. The FTSE 100 index has gained around 13% over the past month. So looking forward, which are the British stocks that I think are worth buying right now?Brexit winnersOne of the main themes I’m trying to capitalise on at the moment is the potential for an upcoming Brexit deal. Talks are going down to the wire, but in my opinion it looks more likely than not that we can achieve a deal. In this case, the stock market recovery in the UK should be boosted from British stocks. For example, financials like Lloyds Banking Group and Barclays could perform strongly. Companies in the property sector such as British Land Co and Taylor Wimpey are also on my watchlist.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…What I’m trying to achieve with these companies is getting outperformance above the general FTSE 100 index. These sectors and specific firms have shown high sensitivity to Brexit headlines in the past. Given the high domestic exposure the businesses have, any boost for the UK via a trade deal would likely drive the share prices higher. Even if the FTSE 100 continues the stock market recovery into December, with a Brexit deal I feel the businesses mentioned above will be leading the charge.Vaccine boostAnother theme that I believe in is the possibility of a viable vaccine rollout in the short term. This is a positive for almost all corporates, but it will benefit the retail and travel sectors the most. These businesses have high exposure to public interaction, so a vaccine should aid things here. As a result, I’m keeping an eye on British stocks such as easyJet and Burberry. Looking into the FTSE 250, JD Sports Fashion and Go-Ahead Group are other good examples.There are already encouraging signs that these businesses are starting to perform well. I recently wrote a piece on Burberry. Comparable store sales were down 45% in Q1 and 6% in Q2. However, Q3 is expected to show a positive growth figure as stores reopened. The second lockdown in Q4 would be another blip, but I’m looking at the bigger picture. If these sectors are already starting to get back on their feet, then a vaccine rollout is only going to enhance the chances of a good financial bounce-back in 2021.The stock market recoveryThe above eight companies I’ve mentioned could all benefit from specific factors this month and beyond. The final two businesses I like are more defensive in nature. This is to protect me in case the stock market recovery falters, or the global economic situation worsens. I’d look to buy J Sainsbury and United Utilities on this basis. Both firms provide essential goods and services that should see constant demand, regardless of how the economy performs. 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Jonathan Smith | Tuesday, 1st December, 2020 Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” jonathansmith1 has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Barclays, British Land Co, Burberry, and Lloyds Banking Group. 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(Boca Raton, FL) — A former Boca Raton principal is out of work after sending a controversial email to a parent about the Holocaust. It read quote, “I can’t say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event because I am not in a position to do so as a school district employee. Wednesday night, Palm Beach County public schools fired former Spanish River High School Principal William Latson Wednesday, four months after comments he made about the Holocaust prompted a national outcry.By a 5-2 vote, county school board members approved the veteran principal’s termination on grounds of “ethical misconduct” and “failure to carry out job responsibilities.”The official justification for Latson’s termination was not the explosive comments that drew international attention but his failure to return messages from district officials in the days after his comments became public.The decision culminates months of political turbulence and legal wrangling over Latson’s case, in which the district found itself caught up in an unprecedented furor over the principal’s refusal to state unequivocally to a parent that the Holocaust was a historical fact.Latson was reassigned three months ago and his firing will take effect November 21st, but his lawyer tells the Palm Beach Post he’ll file an appeal
The public has been asked to keep an eye out for two suspicious grey vehicles acting suspiciously in the Lifford area.The van has a partial registration number of VKZ 33The two cars reportedly have two males and three females on board and they have been acting suspiciously around homes in the area. An appeal has been made to people who spot the cars to contact Gardai in Letterkenny on 0749167100.Crime Alert: Public in Lifford asked to be vigilant for two suspicious grey vehicles was last modified: March 9th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:crime alert
Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This blog is directed to homeowners. If you are a builder or an architect, you should probably click on a different GBA article.Homeowners who send questions to GBA sometimes don’t know what to call the parts of their building. (If it’s a diffuser, grille, register, or duct termination, there’s a fair chance that someone will decide to just call it a “vent.”) I’ve rounded up some of the most confusing terms used by builders and architects and clarified their definitions.Since a drawing can be a handy way to clarify a definition, I made some quick sketches to illustrate my points.Cement. Don’t confuse cement and concrete. Cement is a powder that is sold in 94-pound bags. Concrete is a mixture of coarse aggregate (stones), fine aggregate (sand), cement, and water. Wood. The first time I ordered a truckload of 2x6s and 2x10s from a Vermont sawmill, the order was delivered by an elderly truck driver. I politely asked him whether we could put the wood over near a certain apple tree. “Wood?” he said. “Wood is the stuff that you burn in a stove. I’m not delivering wood. I’m delivering lumber.”Joist. What’s the difference between a joist and a rafter? A joist supports a floor or a ceiling, and is almost always level. A rafter supports a roof, and is usually sloped to shed water. Beam. A post is vertical. A beam is horizontal. While a joist is usually 1 1/2 or 2 inches thick, a beam is beefier — for example, 6×6, 8×8, or 10×10. Rake. Most roof slopes have four sides: the ridge, the eave, and two rakes. Roof. A roof is a structure made up of many components, including rafters, roof sheathing, and roofing underlayment. The roof is the thing… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri happy with Hudson-Odoi for Spurs defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was pleased with the performance of Callum Hudson-Odoi for last night’s Carabao Cup semifinal first-leg defeat to Tottenham.Sarri gave the winger a start amid transfer talk linking him with Bayern Munich.The manager said, “Hudson-Odoi in the last week has been very normal.”I saw him every day in training and he was really very normal. He is improving, in the last match he played very well and also today a very good match. He played like a player of 25, 26 years. A very good match with application, very good in the defensive phase, but he has been completely normal. Maybe he does not read anything.”
TORONTO – Doug Ford and his Progressive Conservatives spent part of their day Tuesday explaining why a local candidate hired actors to pose as Tory supporters outside the first leaders’ debate ahead of the Ontario election.A group of people hoisting signs and wearing shirts with slogans supporting Ford cheered as the party leader arrived at the CityNews television studios for the debate held in downtown Toronto on Monday evening.It later came to light that the crowd was made up of actors hired by a Toronto candidate — a move that was wrong, Ford’s spokeswoman said.“Doug Ford has attracted record crowds since entering the race for PC leader,” Melissa Lantsman said in a statement. “A local candidate made a decision to engage a casting agency. This was unnecessary and a mistake. It will not happen again.”Ford said he didn’t know about the paid supporters when asked about the matter at a news conference.“We don’t need to pay anyone. When we have events, we’re packed, we have standing room only,” he told reporters on Tuesday morning, adding that he would talk to Toronto-Centre candidate Meredith Cartwright about the situation.Cartwright, who had shared posts on social media showing photos of the crowd outside the debate, said she had no comment when reached by phone on Tuesday.The other parties were quick to pile on.“We don’t have to pay people to come and support us, we have a very excited group of volunteers,” said NDP leader Andrea Horwath. “I think it’s kind of funny and in some ways kind of sad.”Liberal campaign co-chair Deb Matthews laid into Ford.“I guess we’ve come to expect that everything about Ford is fake,” she said. “The stories are fake, his facts are fake and now we know his supporters are fake.”Ontario heads to the polls June 7.
OTTAWA – The federal government is facing calls, including warnings from BlackBerry’s co-founder, to be particularly vigilant when the upcoming NAFTA talks shift to intellectual property.Intellectual property, or IP, is about owning, protecting and making money from an idea in any sector via tools like patents or copyrights, viewed by many as a crucial component of the expanding, and increasingly important, knowledge-based economy.And it’s going to have a role in NAFTA talks, so with the start of the trade pact’s renegotiation only a few weeks away, experts like Jim Balsillie are urging the feds to arm themselves with economic models detailing the importance of IP to Canada’s future prosperity.Balsillie, who’s provided pre-NAFTA advice to Ottawa, said in an interview that the models could serve as key bargaining chips, especially if they show any IP provisions sought by the U.S. could result in big costs for Canadian economy.“Trade agreements are supposed to be mutually beneficial,” said Balsillie, who is chair of the Council of Canadian Innovators lobby group.“Do the math and if it’s not a mutually beneficial agreement don’t sign it. There has to be something for Canada’s economy — it cannot be winner take all.”Balsillie’s comments could revive a debate that surfaced a couple of years ago, following talks around the Trans-Pacific Partnership, over how Canada should negotiate IP provisions in modern trade agreements.When it comes to what’s best for Canada, there’s disagreement whether the country’s interests should align with those in the U.S.Earlier this week, the United States released its NAFTA objectives, as is required under American law. The months-long talks are scheduled to begin Aug. 16.Among the priorities, the U.S. document said NAFTA talks must break down barriers such as the “burdensome restrictions of intellectual property.” It listed about 10 goals under the IP section.The U.S. has also signalled its negotiators would likely use agreements from the Trans-Pacific Partnership as a starting point in some areas for NAFTA’s renegotiation.Balsillie fears the IP provisions in NAFTA 2.0 could end up looking a lot like those Canada agreed to during TPP negotiations. The measures in that deal sought the same IP laws for all 12 countries.The Trump administration essentially killed the original TPP by pulling out of it earlier this year, but the remaining 11 countries, including Canada, have resumed talks.Balsillie warned TPP’s IP rules would favour the more-dominant U.S. and its firms, which have already amassed a far bigger portfolio of patents, copyrights and trademarks.Canada’s innovative entrepreneurs would be locked out under the rule changes, he argued.“We dodged a bullet of a lifetime,” Balsillie said, referring to the IP elements in TPP.Other experts strongly disagree that Canada’s priorities on IP should differ in any significant way from those of the U.S.Barry Sookman, a senior partner with McCarthy Tetrault, said Canada, like the U.S., should be seeking a general, robust framework for IP. There should also be consistency with laws in the U.S., where many Canadians do business, he added.Unlike other areas, Sookman expects there’s very little for Canada and the U.S. to disagree on when it comes to IP.He added that the IP provisions in TPP would’ve only created “incremental” changes because Canadian laws are already largely consistent with them.“Balderdash,” Sookman said when asked whether TPP’s IP rules would have disadvantaged Canadian innovators.“There was quite a lot of confusion and, frankly, inaccurate information about what the TPP would have required for Canada.”But other experts like Dan Ciuriak say Canadian negotiators should be prepared to show the Americans just how much more they would stand to benefit if Canada agrees to a TPP-style deal.He also believes Canada should model the costs and benefits.“If that has got a significant dollar value, then that should be weighed against what we are also being asked to give up in terms of softwood lumber and in terms of dairy and other traditional areas,” said Ciuriak, a consultant and former deputy chief economist for what is now known as Global Affairs Canada.“We haven’t been thinking in terms of how the knowledge-based economy actually works.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
NEW YORK, N.Y. – In just four days, Taylor Swift’s new album has sold more traditional albums than any other release this year.Billboard reports the album, “reputation,” sold 1.05 million copies in the first four days after its Nov. 10 release.Before Swift released her album, Ed Sheeran’s “Divide” was the year’s bestselling album, with 919,000 units sold. Kendrick Lamar’s “Damn” has sold 842,000 units.Since Billboard changed how it views albums sales — incorporating single track sales (10 song sales = 1 album sale) and streaming (1,500 streams = 1 album sale) — Sheeran’s album has sold 2.3 million units overall. Lamar’s has moved 2.5 million units.Swift’s “reputation” is not available on streaming services, pushing fans to buy it or wait until it appears on Spotify or Apple Music. It’s Swift’s fourth album to sell more than 1 million units in its first week of release.Swift became the first artist to have three albums sell more than 1 million copies in their first week when “1989” reached the feat in 2014. Her albums “Speak Now” and “Red” also sold more than 1 million units in their debut weeks.