As the FTSE 100 surges over 5%, what do I think are the best UK shares to buy now?

first_imgAs the FTSE 100 surges over 5%, what do I think are the best UK shares to buy now? See all posts by Matthew Dumigan 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 “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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. Image source: Getty Images center_img 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Matthew Dumigan owns shares of boohoo group. The Motley Fool UK has recommended ASOS, boohoo group, GlaxoSmithKline, Just Eat N.V., and Unilever. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Despite the FTSE 100‘s recent surge on the back of the Pfizer vaccine announcement, I think investors should still be concerned about the impact that widespread pandemic restrictions could have on UK shares. After all, we’re only near the start of the latest English lockdown. As such, it’s highly likely that we’ll continue to see companies struggle for the foreseeable future.With that in mind, I’m going to take a look at the types of stocks I think make for wise investments for the remainder of 2020 and beyond.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…UK companies that don’t fear Lockdown 2.0In my view, there’s no better place to start than with companies that look poised to continue performing strongly despite the lockdown restrictions. While such businesses are few and far between, they offer investors the prospect of superior returns, I feel. That’s even in the midst of an uncertain and shaky macroeconomic climate.For example, consider online food order and delivery service Just Eat Takeaway. After all, people still have to eat during a pandemic. Additionally, having the food delivered straight to your door is a huge bonus. What’s more, the company reported an increase in first-half earnings and revenue as it benefited from the first lockdown. Overall, Just Eat has performed outstandingly over recent months, and I reckon that trend looks set to continue.With many e-commerce stocks thriving throughout 2020, I think it also makes sense to consider their appeal. While more than 11,000 shops closed for good in the UK in the first half of the year, online retailers such as ASOS and Boohoo reported a surge in profits. Both companies have watched their sales boom and look well-positioned to navigate the second round of restrictions with ease. In my eyes, that’s largely thanks to their popular and affordable products.I’d play it safe with defensive sharesWhile there’s certainly a possibility that some companies will continue to thrive throughout the rest of the year, I think investors like me looking to play it safe would do well to focus on hoovering up a handful of UK shares with defensive characteristics. Since some companies’ dividends and valuations are less affected by the overall state of the economy, their shares tend to be more resilient and less volatile.For instance, companies in the healthcare sector often possess attractive defensive qualities. Considering the products and services provided, healthcare stocks are also often less cyclical in nature. Companies such as GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca immediately spring to my mind. Both manufacture various essential pharmaceuticals, medicines and healthcare products, which are in demand no matter the economic circumstances.Finally, I rank well-established consumer goods giants among the best defensive stocks to invest in during a pandemic. Think of the many much-loved brands of Unilever that line the shelves of supermarkets. Similarly, Reckitt Benckiser’s health, hygiene and home products are perpetually in demand among consumers. Matthew Dumigan | Tuesday, 10th November, 2020 last_img read more

Guilford, Greensboro Colleges feed locals through Soup Bowl competition

first_img Published on September 9, 2014 at 12:01 am Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Guilford College and Greensboro College, both in North Carolina, are competitive in almost everything they do. Even in off-field contests, each school tries to outdo the other.For their annual football matchup, the Gate City Soup Bowl, any fan that brings at least two canned food items to the game doesn’t have to pay the $5 admission price to the Division III matchup.When Guilford (1-0) blew out Greensboro (0-1) 52-0 on Saturday, the namesake competition was which school collected more cans of food. Guilford won with 5,102 food items to Greensboro’s 2,402. All of the proceeds from the 2,700 fans at Guilford’s sold-out Appenzeller Field benefitted the Greensboro Urban Ministry.“If they can work toward a common goal of collecting food items, then it unites everyone around that goal,” said Christine Byrd, Director of Development and Communication at the Greensboro Urban Ministry.The Greensboro Urban Ministry distributes over 1.5 million pounds of food each year and over 100,000 pounds each month. Most donations come from independent food drives, like the Soup Bowl’s. But without these collections, the demand for food in Greensboro would not be met, Byrd said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGreensboro is one of the most food-insecure cities in America and the Greensboro Urban Ministry’s supply is typically depleted at the beginning of September before the holiday season. With the winter months just around the corner, the Soup Bowl has a strong effect on the Greensboro community.“Right now, it is most crucial,” said James Shields, Director of Guilford’s Bonner Center for Community Service and Learning. “The Greensboro Urban Ministry, where the cans will be going this year, their food bank is almost completely depleted at this point. So the need is really big.”Guilford senior Turner Votipka, president of Guilford’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, said that the Soup Bowl is the most hyped-up game of the year. Campus leaders, including resident advisers, set up signs and boxes for donations leading up to the game. Votipka, a member of the men’s tennis team and a resident adviser, said that entire hall goes to the game together.“The students get into the game because them going to the game helps them defeat Greensboro, also because they’re bringing cans. They’re bringing support for the team,” Votipka said. “So especially what we want is a double win against Greensboro.”At Greensboro, every residence hall participated to see which one could bring the most cans. Every first-year student seminar also joined in and the winning seminar earned a group prize. Preparation for Greensboro began at freshman orientation when students were told about the Soup Bowl and to begin collecting.At Guilford, the athletic teams have a challenge to see which team can average the most cans per person. Guilford’s football team also won this with an average of 11.6 cans per team member.Since 2009, the Soup Bowl has been played during the first week of September. Having this game just a couple weeks after students return to campus has long-lasting benefits, not just for those receiving the canned food.Said Votipka: “If you unify school right off the bat, then you’re really looking forward to a good school year.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more