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UK shares to buy now: my top 2 FTSE 100 stocks

first_imgUK shares to buy now: my top 2 FTSE 100 stocks Rupert Hargreaves owns no share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Avast Plc. 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. Click here to get access to our presentation, and learn how to get the name of this ‘double agent’! There’s a ‘double agent’ hiding in the FTSE… we recommend you buy it! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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 Rupert Hargreaves | Sunday, 9th May, 2021 | More on: AVST SGRO Don’t miss our special stock presentation.It contains details of a UK-listed company our Motley Fool UK analysts are extremely enthusiastic about.They think it’s offering an incredible opportunity to grow your wealth over the long term – at its current price – regardless of what happens in the wider market.That’s why they’re referring to it as the FTSE’s ‘double agent’.Because they believe it’s working both with the market… And against it.To find out why we think you should add it to your portfolio today… 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. Recent data continues to support the conclusion that the UK economic recovery is gaining pace. As such, I’ve been looking for UK shares to buy now for my portfolio that may profit from this recovery. Here are my two favourite FTSE 100 companies I’d buy for this purpose today.UK shares to buy nowThe first on my list is Segro (LSE: SGRO). The pandemic has given a shot in the arm to the e-commerce sector. And as companies’ online sales have increased, managers have rushed to find warehouse capacity to meet demand. 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…As one of the largest publicly-listed real estate investment trusts focusing on warehouses, I’d buy Segro to play this theme. I think its latest trading update shows the strength of the market.It saw £18m of new headline rent signed during the first quarter, up from £14.3m a year earlier. On top of this, the company has £87m of potential new headline rent from 1.3m sqm of space under construction. I think these numbers show just how much potential the company has over the next few months and years.However, the enterprise may face some challenges along the way. It could end up over expanding, which would saddle the business with large debts and unfilled properties. The rush to develop new facilities by competitors may also impact demand for the group’s warehouses. Despite these risks and challenges, I’d buy this FTSE 100 stock today for its income and growth potential. As the online retail market continues to expand, I think this is one of the best UK shares to buy now. FTSE 100 stockSticking with companies I believe will benefit from the changes that have come about due to the pandemic, I’d also buy Avast (LSE: AVST) for my portfolio. I think this FTSE 100 cybersecurity company is one of the best UK shares to buy now because cybersecurity is one of the world’s fastest-growing sectors.Throughout the pandemic, technology has become an invaluable lifeline for many. Unfortunately, scammers have rushed to take advantage of this. Avast helps consumers protect their systems, which helped drive revenues higher by 10% year-on-year in the first quarter. As technology plays an ever-increasing role in the world, I expect this to continue. This is the primary reason why I believe Avast is one of the best UK shares to buy now. That’s not to say the company won’t face risks as we advance. Reputation is everything in the cybersecurity market. If Avast suffers a cyberattack, or customers start to lose confidence in the group’s software, sales could quickly go into reverse. The firm also needs to maintain research and development spending to stay ahead of attackers. Even after taking these risks and challenges into account, I’d buy the FTSE 100 stock for my portfolio today, considering its growth potential.  Enter Your Email Address See all posts by Rupert Hargreaveslast_img read more

Blessing of the Animals spreads awareness of animal advocacy groups

first_imgFacebook Lindsay Tomaini Linkedin ReddIt Facebook printStudents and Fort Worth residents were encouraged to stop by the Robert Carr Chapel Oct. 2 to have their pets blessed during TCU’s annual Blessing of the Animals.Not only was the event for blessing the animals, but it was also used as a platform to spread awareness for four organizations. Two TCU organizations, FrogPACK (People Advocating Creature Kindness) and TCU’s Rhino Initiative Club, attended the event. They were joined by two community organizations, Don’t Forget to Feed Me Pet Food Bank and Frogs And Cats Together (FACT). The organizations had stations set up around the blessing area. If students were interested in learning more, they could approach any organization and ask questions. “It’s one thing to recognize the importance of someone’s companion animal, but there are others we live with in the world, and they need help, they need attention, and so inviting these organizations that work on behalf of other animals reminds us of our duties towards these other creatures and that we can do more every day for them.”Dr. Dave AftandilianLea McCracken, TCU’s associate chaplain, appreciated the help from the two TCU organizations. “This helps get the word out to the TCU community, and I don’t feel like I could do this alone as the RSL (Religious and Spiritual Life) office,” McCracken said. “I want to be in partnership with our groups on TCU’s campus that are the ones doing the work daily to make sure they’re okay.” McCracken, TCU’s associate chaplain, was in charge of blessing the animals — a role she said she was “honored” to have. “I got to be the one to tell them that they are blessed by our God and that they are holy, pure and perfect,” McCracken said. Students gathered in front of McCracken with their animals to receive a blessing. If students could not physically bring their pet, they could show a picture and have it blessed the same way. Lea McCracken, associate chaplain, blesses an animal through a picture since the animal could not attend. Photo Courtesy: Lindsay TomainiHenley Fletcher, a senior studio art major, decided to attend the event after reading about it on her teacher’s syllabus. She presented pictures of her animals and they received a blessing. “I was really excited after I saw what the event was,” Fletcher said. “I think it’s a really interesting event.”The blessing of the animals started nearly 800 years ago by St. Francis, the patron saint of animals and the environment. St. Francis believed every living creature was blessed in God’s eyes.  TCU students pet a dog after it receives a blessing. Photo Courtesy: Lindsay Tomaini Blessing of the animals was discontinued a few years back; however, one professor’s passion revived the event. Dr. Dave Aftandilian, an associate professor and director of human-animal relationships, was the one who wanted to bring the event back to campus. “For people who live with an animal, they see the animal as part of their family, as a person just like any other member of the family,” Aftandilian said. “Just as you’d want your children to be blessed, you want your pets to be blessed and to have a good life.” + posts Twitter Linkedin Previous articleThe Skiff: Oct. 3, 2019Next article‘Out of control’ off-campus parties could prompt tickets, arrests Lindsay Tomaini RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Students create documentary on sex-trafficking in Fort Worth A guide to understanding collegiate rifle How a Fort Worth organization fights human trafficking Rifle honors seniors on Saturday ReddIt Twitter Lindsay Tomaini Lindsay Tomaini Lindsay Tomaini Lindsay Tomaini TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Students debut performances of drag personas as part of unique new course Frog Aides helps supports local businesses with on-campus ‘state fair’ eventlast_img read more

HUD: Housing Improves; Still Needs Further Recovery

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Colin Robins is the online editor for He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University and a Master of Arts from the University of Texas, Dallas. Additionally, he contributes to the MReport, DS News’ sister site. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its April 2014 Housing Scorecard, noting that home prices remained stable, foreclosure completions continued to their lowest levels since mid-2007, existing home sales stabilized, new home sales slowed, and the administration’s foreclosure mitigation efforts continued to provide relief for troubled homeowners.The agency found that as of February 2014, the FHFA purchase-only house price index rose 6.9 percent year-over-year, and ticked up .6 percent from January, seasonally-adjusted. The seasonally adjusted purchase-only index for the U.S. found that home values are on par with prices from mid-2005.Foreclosure completions totaled approximately 29,000 in March, down 5 percent from February and down 34 percent from March 2013. The drop in foreclosures represented the lowest level seen since July 2007. Newly initiated foreclosures were roughly 55,700, up 7 percent from February.Regardless, foreclosure starts were still down 24 percent from last year.HUD found that existing-home sales stabilized in March, remaining virtually unchanged. Existing-home sales were below year-ago levels for the fifth consecutive month. The report from HUD cites a National Association of Realtors report that attributed the stagnation in sales to low inventory, fewer distressed properties, strict banking lending standards, less favorable affordability, and the unusually harsh winter.New home sales also experienced a slump, dropping 14.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000 in March—an eight month low. “New home sales were down 13.3 percent from a year earlier, the first annual decline since the third quarter of 2011,” HUD found.The government’s loss mitigation programs provided a bright spot in HUD’s report. The government agency found that 2 million homeowner assistance actions have taken place through the Making Home Affordable Program, which included nearly 1.4 million permanent modifications through the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP).HUD found that the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has offered nearly 2.3 million loss mitigation and early delinquency interventions through March. Additionally, mortgage aid was extended 7.7 million times, outpacing foreclosures. Housing counselors also continued to provide assistance, counseling 10.3 million households since April 1, 2009.In total, more than 8.3 million mortgage modifications and other assistance arrangements were completed between April 2009 and the end of March 2014.HUD tempered its good news with a word of caution:”Encouraging news notwithstanding, there is a need to continue with recovery efforts as home sales have slowed, too many homeowners remain underwater, and mortgage delinquencies rates remain elevated. There is also considerable geographic variation in market conditions not captured in the national statistics, which suggests some markets are improving at different rates than others.” The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / HUD: Housing Improves; Still Needs Further Recovery Tagged with: April Housing Scorecard Existing Home Sales Foreclosures HAMP HUD New Home Sales Previous: Fannie/Freddie Reform Bill Stalls in Senate Next: GSE Quarterly Report Card Positive Share Save Sign up for DS News Daily The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News Subscribe April Housing Scorecard Existing Home Sales Foreclosures HAMP HUD New Home Sales 2014-05-09 Colin Robins Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago May 9, 2014 794 Views HUD: Housing Improves; Still Needs Further Recovery Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Colin Robins Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articleslast_img read more

Twin tennis courts just the start of this grand Queenslander’s charms

first_imgThe 102-year-old Queenslander at 150 Adelaide Street East, Clayfield, will be sold via tender.A GRAND 102-year-old Clayfield home Clonlara is being offered for sale for the first time in 60 years.The Queenslander — named after an Irish village in County Clare — was home to the late Sir Edward and Lady Dorothy Williams for 60 years. Daughter Zilla Lyons revealed her parents bought the house in the late 1950s, attracted by its size and massive yard.“They also needed space for their growing family (the first seven of their eight children were born in nine years) and accommodating all those children necessitated some practical modifications to the original layout,’’ she said. The kitchen is large. The charm of yesteryear. Light and bright in one of the former kids’ rooms. Many shady spots to curl up with a good book.This included turning what was originally a billiard room into a “glamorous girls” dormitory’’ and enclosing a back veranda to provide a large sunroom during winter.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoShe said a little house near the tennis courts was built as a wonderful Christmas present for the girls, which they treated like a large dolls’ house. It was later converted to a garden shed.The home sits on a large 3,317 sqm block of land.Sir Edward Williams was a respected Queensland legal identity, a former Queenslander of the Year, Australian of the Year, Father of the Year, Chairman of the Commonwealth Games in 1982 and Commissioner General of Expo 88. Ceilings are ornate plaster and pressed metal.center_img Traditional features have been lovingly preserved. The twin tennis courts hosted many parties over the years. There is a formal dining room.Son, Dr Ed Williams, said he and his siblings shared many fond memories of growing up there.“Clonlara is truly a cherished family home,” he said. “It comes complete with not one but two championship-size grass tennis courts which became a great meeting place for the neighbourhood kids.“Tennis parties were frequent and both courts would be marked and played on regularly. “Cricket, football and even croquet were also played in the backyard.” The home at 150 Adelaide St East, Clayfield, was built in 1916. Many of its original period features have been preserved including the grand entry foyer which leads to formal dining and lounge rooms. There are ornate plaster and pressed metal ceilings, timber walls and leadlight windows. The home has been well kept.A traditional sun room, meals or family room and a large kitchen and bathroom complete the home. There is provision for a swimming pool, a former swimming pool on the block was decommissioned.The six bedroom, three bathroom home has a two-car garage, and there is a series of enclosed storage or rumpus rooms under the house. Agents Christine Rudolph and Matt Lancashire of Ray White New Farm have it set to be sold via tender process closing 5pm May 4.last_img read more

Soesdyke Falcons suffer mixed fortunes as GFF/NAMILCO Nat. Under-17 League continues

first_imgSOESDYKE Falcons suffered mixed fortunes last Saturday when the Guyana Football Federation/NAMILCO Thunderbolt Flour Power national Under-17 League continued at the Grove Playfield, East Bank Demerara.In their first match on Saturday, the Soesdyke side went down by a 1-3 margin to Circuit Ville Jaguars, but bounced back in game two and edged Kuru Kururu Warriors 2-1.When Soesdyke and Circuit Ville met in a first-round fixture of the two-round league, the former won by a huge 10-1 margin, but the organisers subsequently awarded the game to the latter as Soesdyke was found guilty of fielding a player – Kelsey Benjamin – who is a registered player of the Georgetown Football Club.In that game, Benjamin had scored a hat-trick in Soesdyke Falcons’ victory.However, on Saturday last, Circuit Ville made their intentions known from as early as the 19th minute as Prince Forde opened the score line.The score was doubled 20 minutes later by Issiah Dodson.With a comfortable 2-0 lead going into the second period, the jaguars came out clawing at their opposition and tightened their stranglehold two minutes into the second period as Desmond Chester found the back of Falcons’ net.The Falcons,however,pulled one back as Dannet McLennon was on target in the 74th minute.Playing in the opening game of the double-header card and cognizant of the fact that they had to give up their win to Circuit Ville, Soesdyke was placed under tremendous pressure by Kuru Kururu warriors who took the lead in the 25th minute of play through a Ricardo Grant goal.Behind by one goal going into the second session, Soesdyke’s captain Tyrone Khan levelled the score in the 73rd minute.Three minutes later, Junior Williams gave Falcons the lead for the first time in the match.The two-round league will continue on Saturday with another double-header at the same venue.last_img read more

Creamline rallies past Perlas to sweep PVL elims

first_imgChurch, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Valdez is in Japan with the national team as they prepare for the Southeast Asian Games and AVC Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship. Francesca Raqraquin put up a game-high 23 points to lead the Cool Smashers while Vargas and Pau Soriano added 16 and 12 points, respectively.Kathy Bersola led the Perlas Spikers with 22 points.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next A loss to Bali Pure in its match against Pocari Sweat will ensure BanKo Perlas of at least a playoff for the fourth spot.Rosemarie Vargas capped off Creamline’s furious 21-9 rally with an off-the-block kill to finish the match and preserve the Cool Smashers’ perfect card. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We always tell our players to calm their nerves because this is a no-pressure game for us,” said Creamline assistant coach Oliver Almadro who reserved a semifinals slot since it etched a 5-0 record. “Coach Tai, however, told us to win the game.”“This sweep just shows how talented our players are and we just don’t depend on Alyssa [Valdez], she’s our leader but other players are capable of stepping up.” FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READcenter_img Lastimosa, Mallari team up as NLEX rises to 4-0 DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Creamline Cool Smashers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCreamline entered the semifinal stages of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference with an immaculate slate after capping off its elimination round campaign with a come-from-behind win over BanKo Perlas, 21-25, 25-22, 26-24, 28-26, Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Cool Smashers ended the preliminary stages with a 7-0 record while the Perlas Spikers (3-4) moved to the brink of elimination. ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Phoenix Reisen Extends Charter for MS Deutschland

first_imgzoom Germany’s travel agency and cruise ship operator Phoenix Reisen has extended a charter for MS Deutschland, a 1998-built cruise vessel.As informed, the 22,496 gross ton ship will stay in the company’s fleet until at least 2025.In addition, the charter contract for the upcoming summer season remains in force with this Bonn-based company.“We are happy that we can continue to offer the ship to our guests and that the future of the favorite dream ship is secured,” Benjamin Krumpen, CEO of Phoenix Reisen, commented.Built at HDW shipyard in Kiel, the vessel was sold to Delos Cruise in January, Phoenix Reisen said.MS Deutschland has also been chartered to student organization Semester at Sea during winter. Phoenix Reisen informed that the organization remains the second charterer of the vessel.During winter, the ship sails under its alternate name World Odyssey, transporting Semester at Sea students. During summer, it works for Phoenix Reisen under the name MS Deutschland.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more