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3 smart moves I’m making in the 2020 stock market crash

first_img See all posts by Tom Rodgers 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 Enter Your Email Address 3 smart moves I’m making in the 2020 stock market crash 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” With the 2020 stock market crash in full flow, there are three major decisions I’m taking to protect my future wealth.Stockpile cashSitting on your hands is never easy as an investor. P/E ratios — a measure of fair value — are falling through the floor. Shares that were trading a 30 or 40 times last year’s earnings are now at 15 or 20. You see prices falling and think, “It’s a fire sale! Time to click the buy button!“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 wait. I think this market has further to fall. To paraphrase crisis analyst Michele Wucker, the coronavirus is not a black swan event. It’s a grey rhino. Highly visible, coming straight at us and about to smash everything in its path.I’m not selling the high-yield FTSE 100 companies I’ve held for years. That would undo all the compound gains I’ve worked so hard to protect.I’m still drip-feeding spare cash into my Stocks and Shares ISA. But instead of piling into high-growth shares I’m watching and waiting.Yes, I might lose out on the slim possibility of gains from some risky bargains. But I’m more likely to make profits based on facts, not blind luck. I’m not trusting my family’s future to blind luck.Refine your watchlistWe’ve just seen Donald Trump ban most visitors from flying to the US from Europe.We’ve just seen Italy lockdown its entire 60 million population. Governments are closing schools, pubs, restaurants, and banning the public from sporting events and large gatherings. If some haven’t done it yet, they will do soon.Clearly travel companies, hospitality and tourism businesses, and airlines are going to be decimated. That means the likes of IAG, TUI, easyJet and cruise operators like Carnival will fall further.Sales and profits will be badly hurt. And as share prices plummet, dividend yields rise.Companies that are holding lots of debt that also pay out a large proportion of their earnings will have to cut their dividend. It’s inevitable. I’d steer clear of businesses with low dividend cover. That’s the number of times that dividend payments are covered by earnings.There are sectors that are more recession-proof than others. Healthcare is one of them. Drug development companies will become ever more important in the months and years ahead. FTSE 100 pharma companies like GlaxoSmithKline, with its strong economic moat and unimpeachable trademarks and patents would be one of my top picks.Think long termOne of the most sensible (if slightly terrifying) things I’ve read recently is that the market bottom — where stock prices start to turn around — will only come when investors lose all hope.But if you are truly investing for the long term, getting caught up in the panic does not help. Zoom out to look at the bigger picture and you are more likely to profit. So making the occasional buy on stock market down days will still yield positive long-term results.Some businesses could disappear in a puff of smoke. Be smart. Choose wisely. And watch closely.center_img Tom Rodgers | Thursday, 12th March, 2020 Tom Rodgers has no current position in the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended GlaxoSmithKline. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Carnival. 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! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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.last_img read more

Royal Australian Navy’s ScanEagle UAV completes first flight

first_img View post tag: HMAS Choules May 23, 2016 Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Australian Navy’s ScanEagle UAV completes first flight Share this article Royal Australian Navy’s ScanEagle UAV completes first flight View post tag: Royal Australian Navy View post tag: ScanEagle The Royal Australian Navy’s division for unmanned aircraft systems recently achieved a milestone as their ScanEagle UAV completed the first of class flight trial in late March.During the trials, which were conducted onboard HMAS Choules, the Aviation Maintenance and Flight Trails Unit assessed all facets of unmanned aircraft systems operation in an embarked setting.The fixed-wing unmanned aircraft system sends video and telemetry to its control station in near real time to fulfill its primary roles of surveillance and reconnaissance.According to the navy, it can be configured with various sensors and propulsion modules and has an operating range of up to 200km and endurance in excess of 12 hours.ScanEagle Detachment Commander, Lieutenant Commander Matt Hyam said the trial validated the systems operating limits and allowed personnel to gain their maritime qualifications.“Over the two weeks on Choules, ScanEagle conducted 26.1 hours of embarked flight operations during the trial, spread amongst eight sorties,” he said.“This allowed us to validate operating limits for Choules and gather information to inform to future acquisition projects.”The unmanned aircraft system consists of a mission control station, catapult launcher, recovery system and multiple unmanned aircraft. The standard Navy crew model is an air vehicle operator, mission commander and ground crew. In what marks a significant change in the Fleet Air Arm, the unmanned aircraft is ‘flown’ by non-commissioned crew, with airspace and mission control provided by aircrew officers.“Small tactical unmanned aircraft systems will have a key role in the future fleet and provide products to end users such as Principal Warfare Officers that will enhance the maritime operating picture without risking high value assets and personnel in manned aircraft,” Lieutenant Commander Hyam said.last_img read more

Joshua: I’m ready to fight Fury behind closed doors

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Anthony Joshua has insisted that he is ready to take an all-British blockbuster against Tyson Fury behind closed doors, even if it costs them nearly £6.5 million in lost gate revenue.Fury, the WBC titlist, and IBF, WBO and WBA king Joshua are on course for a mega fight to crown the undisputed heavyweight champion.The clash would sell out any stadium on these shores and would likely be the richest fight in UK boxing history.But with coronavirus curtailing the boxing calendar for the foreseeable future, AJ says he would take the hit of fighting without fans out of fear the chance may not come again.“If (promoter) Eddie Hearn said he managed to secure the Tyson Fury fight, but it is behind closed doors, I would take it,” Joshua told DAZN.“If I don’t take it now then I don’t think Tyson Fury will be around by the time this all comes around again, when big hall shows are available. I have to take the opportunity while it’s there.“One hundred per cent I would fight for $8 million (£6.4m) less… I would take the opportunity to fight at the drop of a hat.”Though AJ admitted fighting without a crowd could severely impact his performance, he insisted: “A win is a win, and it goes down in history.”As it stands, a fight between Joshua and Fury looks set to take place next year at the earliest.Joshua is slated to face IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev this summer, while Fury is set for a third fight with Deontay Wilder.Nevertheless, Joshua said: “Wilder, it would be good if he stepped aside, Pulev, it would be good if he stepped aside and we got this fight on as it is one that the world is screaming for.“It is such a shame that I am quarantine right now as it has put a halt to greatness. But this is part of history and I am working towards beating Tyson Fury.”Both Joshua and Fury have bounced back to regain their place atop heavyweight boxing. Fury battled drugs, depression and drink before beating Wilder, while Joshua last year avenged a shocking upset at the hands of Andy Ruiz Jnr.Joshua addedL “I am looking at Tyson Fury like I am going to walk through him as well. I had my issue last year, I got through it and I want to correct it. People don’t know what that does for a fighter mentally when he loses in front of the world and what it takes to come back.“We will see what the future holds. When Wilder or Fury are ready I will not turn down that offer at all. Another six years from now, when I’m where Tyson Fury is in terms of time (as a professional), I’ll be unstoppable.”AJ and Fury are currently stuck at home during the ongoing lockdown. Fury has been leading workouts on Instagram, while Joshua has been keeping fit through running, cycling and shadow boxing.“I have no gym or swimming pool in my house,” he said. “I am actually at my family home with my Mum, my niece, my son and my cousin, we are all quarantining together so it’s nice.”Tags: Anthony JoshuaTyson Furylast_img read more

Stocks climb on upbeat economic reports, falling oil

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) – Stocks surged higher Thursday after new data soothed inflation concerns and the price of oil tumbled to its lowest level in five months. The advance carried the Nasdaq composite index to a new 52-week high. Wall Street embraced a report that the manufacturing sector expanded at a slower pace in November. The report, from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, showed that prices in the region’s manufacturing sector were steady or falling. Earlier, industrial output data cheered investors. Output from manufacturing, mines and utilities rose a healthy 0.9 percent last month as refineries and oil and natural gas platforms began production again after widespread shutdowns caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The data quelled concerns that the hurricanes had done lasting damage to the economy. “A lot of uncertainties have been removed,” said Alexander Paris, economist and market analyst for Chicago-based Barrington Research. Questions about the economic after effects of the hurricanes appear settled, as does their effects on corporate earnings and the issue of who will lead the Federal Reserve. “The market did bottom in late October,” Paris said. “We are having the fourth-quarter rally people are looking for. … After going up three weeks in a row, going sideways would be good news.” Falling oil prices also boosted stocks. A barrel of light crude settled at $56.34, down $1.54 on the New York Mercantile Exchange and its lowest level since June 15. According to preliminary calculations, the Nasdaq rose 32.53, or 1.49 percent, to 2,220.46, just surpassing its previous 52-week high, reached in July. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 11.59, or 0.94 percent, to 1,242.80. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 45.46, or 0.43 percent, to 10,720.22. The Dow lagged the other major indicators after being held back by component Altria Group Inc., which fell on a Goldman Sachs downgrade. Bonds were flat, with the yield on the 10-year Treasury note at 4.47 percent. The U.S. dollar was mixed against other major currencies in European trading. Gold prices were higher. There was some sense on Wall Street that the longed-for fourth-quarter rally had begun. “It looks like buyers are stepping back in,” said Nick Perry, equities options analyst at Schaffer’s Investment Research. “People get emboldened by the price action and pile on top of each other.” Technology stocks have led previous rallies and anyone watching Google Inc.’s stock cross $400 a share Thursday could only hope this time would be no different. “Traders remember that the big rally from last year was driven by the Nasdaq,” Paris said. “They say, ‘Let’s gamble on it.’” In company news, Google rose $5.30 to $403.45 after a bullish report from Piper Jaffray’s well-respected Internet analyst said a new service, called Google Base, could “create massive advertising inventory for Google.” Altria fell $2.11, or 2.9 percent, to $71.78, after Goldman Sachs said the company’s planned break-up may come much late than expected. The stock’s decline put a cap on the Dow’s rise until late afternoon, when the rest of the index pushed higher. Applied Materials Inc. fell 43 cents to $17.34 after the company, the world’s largest maker of semiconductor gear, said its profit fell 46 percent in its fiscal fourth-quarter. General Motors Corp. rose $1.34 to $22.63 after hitting an 18-year low Wednesday. News reports that GM CEO Rick Wagoner posted a letter on the company’s internal Web site assuring employees that GM’s finances are sound lifted the stock, which has been falling on worries that the United Auto Workers could strike at Delphi Corp., GM’s largest supplier. Barnes & Noble Inc., the nation’s leading bookseller, rose $1.53 to $39.98 after it said it had a slim profit in the third quarter, down sharply from a year ago but beating analysts’ expectations, and boosted its profit outlook for the full year. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies rose 12.50, or 1.91 percent, to 667.14. Advancing issues led decliners by almost 3 to 1 on the New York Stock Exchange where preliminary consolidated volume was 2.4 billion shares, up from 2.21 billion Wednesday. Overseas, Japan’s Nikkei stock average rallied to 4 1/2-year highs, rising 1.70 percent. A weaker yen versus the dollar stokes demand for Japanese exports to the U.S., helping auto makers and electronics companies. Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 0.55 percent, Germany’s DAX index rose 0.36 percent, and France’s CAC-40 rose 0.24 percent. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

MeerKAT antenna ‘boost for SA industry’

first_img14 August 2012 SKA South Africa has awarded a R630-million contract for the design, manufacture and installation of 64 antennas for the MeerKAT, a precursor to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope, to a South African-US consortium, with 75% of the contract value to be spent locally. South Africa and Australia will be jointly hosting the world’s largest radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), with South Africa the majority host. The 64-dish MeerKAT, which is being built alongside the planned SKA site in a radio astronomy reserve near the small town of Carnarvon in the Northern Cape, will constitute 25% of the first phase of the SKA’s mid-frequency array. Also known as the Karoo Array Telescope, the MeerKAT will be the most sensitive centimetre-wavelength radio telescope in the Southern Hemisphere, and astronomers from around the world are already queuing up to use it. SKA South Africa announced last week that the contract for the MeerKAT antennas – the single largest procurement in the MeerKAT project – had been awarded to a consortium including South African company Stratosat Datacom and General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies (GDSatcom), an antenna manufacturer with offices in the US and Germany. “Detailed design of the antennas will commence immediately in collaboration with the MeerKAT project office, and the first antenna will be erected in the Karoo before the end of 2013,” SKA South Africa said in a statement. “Construction of all 64 antennas will be completed before the end of 2016.” According to SKA South Africa, 75% of the contract value will be spent in South Africa, including all of the qualification testing, tooling design, and virtually all of the manufacturing. “This contractual condition aims to maximize the benefits and opportunities for local industry, while retaining the expertise of Stratosat and GDSatcom. SKA South Africa will own the intellectual property of the antenna design, and Stratosat/GDSatcom have committed to spending a significant percentage of the contract value on skills development within South Africa. SKA South Africa said the awarding of the contract followed a competitive tender process “run in strict accordance with the National Treasury rules for government procurements of this nature. “Four industrial consortia, each representing partnerships between local and international companies, responded to the open call for proposals. While the ability to deliver a cutting-edge science instrument at a competitive price was the key consideration in awarding the contract, there was also an emphasis on skills transfer and local procurement and manufacturing.” The Stratosat/GDSatcom consortium had “presented an implementation at a competitive price that exceeded the technical specifications defined by the MeerKAT project office”. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

SA’s Baker crowned Big Wave world surf champ

first_img SAinfo reporter Grant Baker (RSA) 2 459.00 ptsKen Collins (USA) 1 140.13Nic Lamb (USA) 1 117.50Shawn Dollar (USA) 938.50Kohl Christensen (Haw) 864.88 2 April 2014 South African surfer Grant “Twiggy” Baker has been crowned the Big Wave World Tour (BWWT) world champion after racking up more than double the number of points of any of his competitors during the 2013/14 BWWT season.‘I gave it my all’ “I gave it my all this year, basically put my personal life on hold and went for it,” said Baker after being confirmed as the champion on Monday. “I only surfed big wave boards for almost nine months. I looked for the most testing, biggest conditions on every swell, even if I knew a perfect point around the corner was going off, and I worked on my mental and physical wellbeing, so I was in the best possible condition to compete.”Two victories The 40-year-old from Durban won the opening two events on the tour at Punta Galea in Spain in December and Mavericks in California in January before placing third at Nelscott Reef in Oregon last month to take a virtually unassailable lead in the rankings. With just one event remaining at Todos Santos in Mexico and his closest opponent, the USA’s Ken Collins, mathematically able to overtake him if Collins won that event and Baker did not compete, Baker had to wait until the season closed on 31 March without the event running before being officially recognised as the world champion. ‘The best part’ “It means quite a bit to have put the time into something and be rewarded for it. And to bring the world title back to South Africa is the best part,” Baker said “With Bianca (Buitendag) doing so well at the moment and Jordy (Smith) ready to pounce, I believe South African surfing is in a strong place and we can build the next generation from this base.” Baker, who is also the only big wave surfer to be nominated for two awards in the 2013/2014 Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards that will be announced next month, went into the season after losing his sponsor and knowing that he would have to raise his game in order to be able to continue competing internationally.‘A big motivating factor’ “In the past I was never really into the competitive side of surfing and preferred the more soulful aspect of the sport, but with losing my sponsor in July 2013, I realised I would have to compete and win in order to keep getting paid to surf and this was a big motivating factor,” he explained. “Since winning Mavericks and upping my profile, I have been fortunate enough to sign with VISSLA and Isurus wetsuits, along with upping my existing sponsors with BOS Ice Tea and Future fins, so right now I’m in a great situation and I can continue to surf for another three years.”2014/15 ASP Big Wave World Tour The 2014/2015 ASP Big Wave World Tour commences on 15 April and showcases the world’s premiere big wave surfers. There are three events in the Southern Hemisphere at Punta de Lobos, Chile, and Pico Alto, Peru, with Dungeons, off of Cape Town, being added for the first time. The Northern Hemisphere leg includes Todos Santos, Mexico, and Punta Galea, Spain, with Pe’ahi (aka Jaws) on the Hawaiian island of Maui, also a new addition.2013/2014 ASP BWWT FINAL RANKINGSlast_img read more

Neil Nitin Mukesh gets his ears pierced for Prem Ratan Dhan Payo

first_imgWe all know that Neil Nitin Mukesh is playing Salman Khan’s brother in Rajshri Productions’ Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.Neil, who is playing a grey character in the film, was asked to sport earrings in the film. So going by more professional route, the actor got his ears actually pierced and has been spotted wearing earrings recently.Neil Nitin Mukesh posted this picture on Twitter.Directed by Sooraj Barjatya, the film has Salman Khan’s double role and also stars Sonam Kapoor and Swara Bhaskar.The film is being co-produced by Fox Star Studios and Rajshri Productions.last_img read more

North Carolina Basketball: Photos: This Charlotte-Based Cake Designer Makes Amazing UNC Basketball Cakes

first_imggrooms Cake of North Carolina's basketball court.IG/forgoodnesscakescharlotteSkilled pastry chefs and cake designers can make some amazing things out of their desserts, and Charlotte-based For Goodness Cakes definitely knows its audience. The business’ Instagram account has posted a number of amazing-looking cakes, including a number that are North Carolina Tar Heel themed. The always popular #heelshouse cake. #atleastinmyhouse #goheels #groomscakes #charlottecakes Inside: delectable peanut butter cake with milk chocolate ganache filling.A photo posted by For Goodness Cakes (@forgoodnesscakescharlotte) on Jun 5, 2015 at 9:21pm PDT  Here strictly for work. #heelshouse #deandome #carolinacakes #lovethisplaceA photo posted by For Goodness Cakes (@forgoodnesscakescharlotte) on Jan 24, 2015 at 11:33am PST  Not a wedding cake, but could be. Photo credit: @dreaphotoartist #carolinacake #tarheelwedding #nycskyline #uncchapelhill #goheelsA photo posted by For Goodness Cakes (@forgoodnesscakescharlotte) on Jan 24, 2015 at 7:54pm PST Don’t worry Duke fans, they’ll make you, and fans of other schools, cakes as well. Like I’ve always said, I’m an equal opportunity provider. Design piped by hand and by eye with buttercream! #dookcakeA photo posted by For Goodness Cakes (@forgoodnesscakescharlotte) on May 8, 2015 at 2:08pm PDT  Collage cake for a very lucky birthday girl. Sadly had to crop off the beloved sea turtle topper, but this one deserved a 360! #bruciesbirthdaybash #milestonebirthdaycake #collagecake #handpaintedandcreatedA video posted by For Goodness Cakes (@forgoodnesscakescharlotte) on Apr 11, 2015 at 7:09pm PDT  Who knew owning a cake business would be Sports Teams 101? #whodey #footballcake #charlottegroomscakesA photo posted by For Goodness Cakes (@forgoodnesscakescharlotte) on Jun 20, 2014 at 1:48pm PDT  “Chef’s choice” cakes start at $75: you choose 2 colors, flavors and theme and I come up with design, no fondant, all buttercream. #ugacake #graduationcakeA photo posted by For Goodness Cakes (@forgoodnesscakescharlotte) on May 23, 2014 at 5:26pm PDT If we were Tar Heel fans, we know where we’d go for our Dean Dome confectionery recreations.last_img read more

Fort St John North Peace Museum and Alaska Highway Community Society release new

first_imgThe book is described as “a beautifully designed and lavishly illustrated large-format book that celebrates the Alaska Highway’s extraordinary natural and cultural landscape.”Signposts and Promises is available at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum for $29.95.The Museum says this book is a great way to commemorate this engineering marvel and learn more about local history.For more information, you can call the Fort St. John North Peace Museum at 250-787-0430. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John North Peace Museum and the Alaska Highway Community Society have recently released a new book.The book, ‘Signposts and Promises – Canada and the Alaska Highway’, compiles research and stories collected during the process to nominate sites along the Alaska Highway Corridor as a National Historic Site.Julie Harris and Frank Edwards are the authors of the book.last_img read more