These quality stocks have dived since June. I’d buy these cheap shares today

first_imgThese quality stocks have dived since June. I’d buy these cheap shares today See all posts by Cliff D’Arcy 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. Cliff D’Arcy | Wednesday, 2nd December, 2020 | More on: BP GSK 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. Cliffdarcy owns shares of GlaxoSmithKline. The Motley Fool UK has recommended GlaxoSmithKline. 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 claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Image source: Getty Images. center_img Enter Your Email Address 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” From June, the FTSE 100 index zigzagged downwards, losing ground as rising Covid-19 infections worried investors. By Halloween, the Footsie had dropped 590 points — almost a tenth (9.6%) — as share prices drifted downwards. Then came a near-record month, with cheap shares staging a massive comeback and the FTSE 100 leaping by almost an eighth (12.4%) in November. However, not all stocks rose in this relief rally, with several quality companies lagging behind.Bottom-fishing for cheap sharesFrom early June until today, 29 FTSE 100 members have seen their share prices decline. The worst performer has crashed by almost a quarter (24.1%), while the best of these 29 losers had its share price dip by just 0.3%. Overall, the average decline among these laggards is 9%, with 12 stocks recording higher falls than this. I see this ‘dirty dozen’ as fertile ground for bottom-fishing — finding unloved and cheap shares ready to rebound. Here are two quality stocks I like the look of today.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…BP is the bottom pickOil & gas giant BP (LSE: BP) has the dubious honour of being the worst-performing FTSE 100 stock over the past six months. BP shareholders have had a terrible year, due to the oil price crashing as fuel demand dried up during lockdowns. In early 2020, a barrel of Brent crude cost around $70. At its low on 22 April, Brent crude traded below $16 a barrel. As a result, and following a hefty dividend cut, BP’s share price imploded.BP stock crashed spectacularly from 471.6p at the end of 2019 to just 188.52p by 28 October. At this point, these cheap shares were priced at a 26-year low. Since then, BP stock has bounced back hard and now trades at 262.46p, up almost two-fifths (39.2%) from its low. Despite this healthy recovery, I suspect BP shares are trading at a discount to their underlying value. After all, BP — one of the world’s energy supermajors — has a market value just above £50bn today. Obviously, BP is not a stock for green/environment investors, but its shares offer a compelling dividend yield of 6% a year. In a world of low or negative interest rates, this is a passive income not to be missed. That’s why I’d buy BP’s bargain stock today.Will GSK bounce in 2021?The second of my ‘loser picks’ of the past month is GlaxoSmithKline (LSE: GSK). The cheap shares of the UK’s #2 pharma giant keep getting steadily cheaper this year. In fact, they are at #24 in my list of 29 losers, down nearly a sixth (16.4%) in the past six months. Since hitting its 52-week peak of 1,857p on 24 January, GSK stock has dived to just 1,397p today. That’s a decline of 460p — almost a quarter (24.8%) — from the January high.In a year when UK and US healthcare stocks have boomed, GSK has completely missed this rising tide. I struggle to understand this, because its cheap shares look attractive to me. Having been a GSK shareholder for most of the past three decades, I see this stock as a prime candidate for recovery in 2020. After all, GSK shares trade on a lowly price-to-earnings ratio of 10.8% and an attractive earnings yield of 9.2%. Even better, they offer patient investors a bumper dividend yield of 5.7%, with quarterly cash dividends totalling 80p a share. As a lifelong follower of GSK, I am happy to continue reinvesting my dividends into more shares, waiting patiently for a rebound in 2021! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shareslast_img read more

Accompanying the underserved

first_imgIf there’s one thing that graduating Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) students have learned, it’s how to develop good policy. But before heading into government, consulting, and nonprofit work, they received one last lesson from renowned physician and humanitarian Paul Farmer.What graduates must now learn, Farmer said Wednesday (May 25), is how to work with communities on the ground to solve systemic problems. It’s a process that Farmer, Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard and co-founder of Partners In Health, calls “accompaniment,” being “present with someone on a journey with a beginning and an end,” no matter how long that journey might take.“The road from policy development to implementation is usually long and rocky, one that must be trod with companions,” Farmer said in his Commencement address at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum.Drawing on areas ranging from liberation theology to his own experiences with Partners In Health, the international humanitarian organization that works with underserved communities to fight infectious diseases, Farmer cautioned graduates against overvaluing technical knowledge learned in the classroom.“Expertise alone will not solve the difficult problems that we face today,” Farmer said. The January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, where Farmer, a physician and anthropologist by training, has worked since 1982, provided a “long hard lesson” in the follies of overconfidence.As Haitians and aid workers alike struggled to regroup after the disaster, “We all wanted to be saved by expertise,” he said. “But we never were.”What the world’s problems really need, he said, is compassion, understanding, and a willingness to invest in underserved communities, in essence “new rules of the road for foreign assistance.”After the 2010 earthquake, Farmer noted, Partners In Health found that, of the $2.4 billion of aid distributed afterward, only 1 percent went directly to Haitian authorities. Much of the money went to foreign contractors and international nongovernmental organizations, “which often have disturbingly high overheads,” he added.“Surely, more could be done to accompany local authorities,” said Farmer, who is also chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.He advised graduates to “beware failures of imagination” and avoid “the iron cage of rationality” that would lead them to deem some problems insurmountable. When he began working in Haiti nearly three decades ago, he said, the idea of treating incurable chronic diseases such as tuberculosis and AIDS in resource-poor settings was unthinkable, even “controversial,” he said. But by accompanying individual patients and whole communities — by providing transportation to clinics or starting nutrition projects, for instance — Partners In Health has been able to improve care and reduce suffering.Traits such as creativity, goodness, and a desire for social justice may not be measurable goods, “but that doesn’t mean we don’t need these traits in public policy and in service of the public good,” Farmer concluded. “Just because we cannot measure the value of accompaniment doesn’t mean it cannot serve as an important notion to guide us forth.”His point is important for graduates to hear, said HKS Dean David Ellwood afterward, adding that he had been trying to get Farmer to speak at the HKS Commencement for years. “His message always is: ‘Look what you can do, but also look how much more there is to be done,’ ” Ellwood said.“When you’re at Harvard in the midst of a lot of remarkable people, it’s easy to start thinking you know all the answers,” Ellwood said. “But it’s not just about policy; it’s about implementation.”last_img read more

Germany bans gatherings of more than two to stem virus spread

first_imgGatherings of more than two people will be banned in Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday, as Europe’s biggest economy toughened restrictions to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.Germany has already closed down schools, non-essential shops and urged people not to gather in groups but has not yet imposed blanket limits on group gatherings. “Our own behavior is the most effective way” of slowing the rate of infection, Merkel said of the unprecedented nationwide measures, which are initially slated to remain in force for two weeks. The measures will be imposed by individual states, who will decide when to roll them out. Some exceptions to the public gathering rule will be allowed, including for families living under the same roof and going out together for fresh air.On top of the ban on gatherings, businesses like massage studios and hairdressers where people come into close contact will be shut.And restaurants will be closed across Germany except for takeaway food. Topics :center_img Merkel appealed to citizens’ “reason and empathy” in implementing the contact restrictions, saying she had been “very moved” by how closely people had stuck to less stringent measures implemented in recent days.”That’s how we can save lives,” the chancellor recalled. “It’s of vital, vital importance to obey the rule” to remain at least two meters away from other people, Merkel said, adding “at that distance the risk of infection is close to zero.”Asked if she too was respecting the distancing requirements, Merkel said “my life has fundamentally changed and mostly consists of telephone and video conferences”.Merkel spoke following a telephone conference with the premiers of Germany’s 16 federal states, who have been criticized in recent days for failing to agree on a nationwide set of rules for infection control.But while several regional leaders said in their own press conferences they would stick to the new rules, news agency DPA reported Bavaria would impose its own, tougher restrictions allowing people to leave the house alone or with one relative.last_img read more

No. 13 USC overcomes Utah with second half comeback, defensive stand

first_imgThe air in the Coliseum hummed with energy as both teams jogged onto the field in the final seconds of the fourth quarter.Despite taking a 28-21 lead late in the game, the Trojans had allowed the Utes to storm back for a touchdown drive to tie the game with less than a minute to play. Now, Utah had decided the risk wasn’t worth it — the team was going for the two-point conversion.But redshirt senior safety Chris Hawkins was ready. “Once they came out of that formation, we kind of had an idea what they were going to run,” he said.Ajene Harris tackles Utah’s Troy Williams to seal the game for USC – Brian Chin | Daily TrojanThe center snapped the ball, and quarterback Troy Williams rolled right. Hawkins jumped his receiver, and Williams was forced to run. There was a moment of silence as the crowd held its breath, watching the foot race between the Utah quarterback and redshirt junior Ajene Harris to the right corner of the end zone. Then Harris dove into a tackle, and the crowd exploded in roars as the pair fell to the ground just short of the goal line. The Trojans had escaped once again.In a game that highlighted all of the Trojans’ strengths and weaknesses, the Trojans held off Utah at home with a 28-27 victory.“Players win games,” head coach Clay Helton said. “Our players made the decision to define our football team in the second half. Our kids found a way to win a critical game for us. Great quarterbacks find a way to produce wins and …. it was a total team victory.”The first half consisted of a handful of solid plays mixed in with a healthy serving of fumbles, missed tackles and botched plays. Time and time again, redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold and the offense marched the ball down the field into scoring position, only to cough the ball up for a turnover.The offense notched 262 yards in the first half, but mistakes in Utah territory piled up. Darnold and junior running back Ronald Jones muffed a hand off for a fumble, and Darnold dropped the ball while scrambling for another turnover. In the second quarter, he attempted a backwards pass that smacked Jones straight in the facemask and resulted in a turnover.“I didn’t really get in rhythm in the first half,” Darnold said. “That’s just me making mistakes. You’re not supposed to win football games when you turn the ball … but I think if I can just control the ball then we’ll be able to match up with any team in the country.”Although the offense shone in spurts, it put together only one complete drive in the first half. Darnold threw to junior wide receiver Deontay Burnett for 21 yards to give the Trojans position on the half line. He followed with a short pass up the gut to junior tight end Tyler Petite, who hustled his way untouched into the end zone, tying the game 7-7.Tyler Petite rushes for a touchdown against Utah – Katie Chin | Daily TrojanThe offense, however, wasn’t able to convert the scoring drive into momentum. And unlike in past games, the defense wasn’t able to take a stalwart stand to make up for offensive errors.Junior linebacker Cam Smith opened the game by smacking down an interception to avoid a touchdown deep into Trojan territory, but the team struggled to stop the run game and showed vulnerabilities to deep balls. Junior cornerback Iman Marshall earned a pair of critical pass interference calls, and Utah capitalized on breakout drives. The Utes closed down the half with a 21-7 lead, and the Trojans were greeted by boos as they jogged slowly into the locker room.In the locker room, however, the team didn’t focus on the struggles of the first half. Head coach Clay Helton told the team to approach the second half the same as always — as if the first half didn’t exist and the score was 0-0. Then, Hawkins turned up music — “Knuck If You Buck” by Crime Mob, he said — and told his teammates to find their energy.“The message was to go out there and have fun,” Smith, a fellow captain, said. “It’s football. We started out pretty flat on both sides of the ball and that’s not how football should be played. We need that spark.”The Trojans took the dismay of the first half and built from it. As the second half began, the team saw steady improvement on both sides of the ball. Despite allowing 21 points in the first, the defense locked down and refused to allow another point. And after a shaky start, Darnold lit up the offense, beginning with a touchdown drive in the midst of the third quarter.The pocket collapsed almost immediately, and pash rushers converged from either side. Darnold dodged two tackles, ducking under arms and side stepping bodies to toss a pass into double coverage directly into the hands of Petite. The crowd roared, almost surprised — it had been awhile since Trojan fans had seen this side of Darnold, cool and collected under this amount of pressure.Darnold showed similar composure in the fourth quarter’s tying drive. On third-and-10 at midfield, he threw a first down pass that Burnett hauled in despite getting trucked in mid-air. He followed with a scrambling 20-yard pass to Steven Mitchell, then rolled right from the one-yard line to float an easy pass to Josh Falo to bring the score to 21-21.“The balance of the run game finally came together,” Helton said. “You feel just the start of wearing down the defensive line. All of a sudden they started to pop.”Running back Ronald Jones II does a front flip into the end zone to give USC the lead in the fourth quarter – Katie Chin | Daily TrojanAfter trailing by double digits for almost two quarters, the Trojans surged ahead with less than five minutes in the final quarter. With the run game back in rhythm, Jones and redshirt freshman running back Vavae Malepeai ripped off long runs to push the Trojans down into the red zone. Jones dashed five yards up the gut of the defense, flipping across the goal line to pull the Trojans ahead, 28-21. Jones leapt to his feet, howling at the student section and beating his chest as the scoreboard lit up to give the Trojans a six-point lead.last_img read more