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2 FTSE 100 stocks to consider buying this bank holiday weekend

first_img As a long-term investor, the weekend is always a great chance for me to turn off and ignore market noise. It is much easier than on some volatile weekdays when I’m tempted to check up on the FTSE 100 and my portfolio for movement. Luckily, with the long weekend on its way, I get an extra day to reflect on my portfolio without market movement distracting me. And this weekend, I’ll be deep-diving into these two companies to see if I should buy shares. 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…DiageoDiageo (LSE: DGE) has long been one of my favourite holdings — and it’s not just because it owns Guinness. The FTSE 100 share is a strong business that owns some of the most well-known brands on the planet. In the past 12 months, Diageo’s share price has risen more than 18%, from 2,860p to 3,390p today. There are a number of reasons why I would consider increasing my position in Diageo. As summer rolls in, I’m getting more bullish on Diageo’s position among reopening stocks. Having taken a hit last year as Covid-19 shut restaurants and bars, it has since shown remarkable resilience. Home consumption saw first-half 2021 sales increase 0.9%, including a 10% rise in the UK. This allowed Diageo to maintain a strong £1.58bn profit year-on-year. Now, with vaccinations rolling out and the economy reopening, the company expects operating profit growth to increase by at least 14% this year. My biggest worry when it comes to Diageo is its rising net debt, which sits at almost £15bn as of December 2020. Should interest rates rise, it could cause the company a headache and reduce its ability to return shareholder value. Despite this, Diageo remains one of the strongest brands in the world. As life returns to normal and people look to have a good time, I’m thinking that there’s still a lot of potential for its share price. Vodafone I’m moving away from alcohol and over to telecommunications for my next stock pick. Vodafone Group  (LSE: VOD) has been on my portfolio shortlist for years, but I’ve never taken the plunge. Despite being a top FTSE 100 income stock, I always felt it was too expensive for me. The leading British telecom giant has seen its share price remain flat in the past 12 months — albeit with some dips and surges in between. At 129p a year ago, now sitting at roughly 128p, there has been little to write home about. However, Vodafone’s share price fell 10% last week thanks to investor skittishness following its quarterly earnings report. I, for one, actually found the company’s plans quite exciting. CEO Nick Read outlined the company’s plan to invest heavily in its network amid the 5G boom. Despite this resulting in short-term cash burn, I am excited that the company is so open about self-investment. Covid-19 has accelerated global digitisation greatly, meaning demand for the pipes that run the broadband system will grow enormously. But that doesn’t eliminate the business’s already massive debt pile, which sat at nearly £40bn at the tail end of 2020. This will only be made more worrisome by the company’s 2.6% revenue deficit in 2020. However, its forward-thinking plans have got me excited, while Vodafone’s recent price drop makes it a more enticing investment opportunity for me. Image source: Getty Images Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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. 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More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement.center_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Jamie Adams | Tuesday, 25th May, 2021 | More on: DGE VOD Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. 2 FTSE 100 stocks to consider buying this bank holiday weekend See all posts by Jamie Adamslast_img read more

Win communications support from top PR agency

first_img PR agency Weber Shandwick is offering charities the chance to win pro bono communications support via a competition run by the Media Trust.Teams from Weber Shandwick will each spend 14 days over a period of three months working with three winning charities to help them achieve a specific PR goal. Any charitable organisation without a dedicated full time member of staff in a communications role and an annual turnover of less than £2 million is invited to apply. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. The judging panel will include Colin Byrne, Chief Executive of Weber Shandwick, David Barker, Head of Communications of the British Heart Foundation, Caroline Diehl, Chief Executive of the Media Trust and Brendan May, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Weber Shandwick.Weber Shandwick is a corporate member of the Media Trust.The closing date for applications is 17.00 on Friday 15 October 2004. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 28 September 2004 | Newscenter_img  21 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Win communications support from top PR agency Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Individual givinglast_img read more

Hands up

first_imgMariya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanUSC students demonstrate in Hahn Plaza on Monday in continued protest of the grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot Michael Brown on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Missouri. Protests erupted in downtown Los Angeles following the news of the decision on Monday, Nov. 24, and the campus was temporarily locked down.last_img

BCCI official reveals what will happen if Pakistan hosts Asia Cup

first_imgImage Courtesy: AFP/APAdvertisement 401kNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsi1Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eb2zya( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 57Would you ever consider trying this?😱yniakCan your students do this? 🌚80voRoller skating! Powered by Firework The 15th edition of the Asia Cup cricket tournament is imminent on and from September 2020, and Pakistan is scheduled to be the host country. However the Indian Cricket Team, who lifted the trophy in the last edition of the championship back in 2018 in Dubai, are not to be the ‘defending champions’ this year, because the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have made it official that Team India will not be setting foot in their immediate neighbouring country.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFP/APThe Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been on a verbal feud with the BCCI in the recent past. From raising question on security to declaring India ‘unsafe’ for cricket, PCB received fire straight from the BCCI vice president Mahim Verma, who openly stated to PCB: “They should look at security in their own country first and think about it first. We are capable enough to handle our country and security here.”Established in 1983, the Asian Cricket Council inaugurated announced the commencement of Asia Cup, a bi-annual ODI and T20 international championship, with its motto being to ‘promote goodwill between Asian countries.’ As of now, India has been crowned the champions most, with 7 times, with the last trophy in 2018 by defeating Bangladesh in the final.Advertisement After the announcement of their bitter rivals as the host country for the T20 tournament, a BCCI official said in a recent interview that the hitch lies on the option of a ‘neutral venue’, and not Pakistan itself as the hosts.“The question isn’t about the PCB hosting the tournament. It is about the venue and as things stand now, it is quite clear that we would need a neutral venue. There is no way that an Indian team can visit Pakistan to even participate in a multi-nation event like the Asia Cup.” the official told IANS.Advertisement However, he further stated that India’s possibility to be a part of the tournament depends on the venue, and the defending champions are not to see eye to eye as Pakistan as the hosts.“If the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) is ok with an Asia Cup minus India then it is a different ball game. But if India is to participate in the Asia Cup, then the venue cannot be Pakistan,” he added.A similar situation happened in the last edition of Asia Cup, where Pakistan was reluctant to send their cricket team to the formerly selected hosts India. However, the ACC finally shifted the venue to Dubai, and the official recalled on this incident: “A neutral venue is always an option. BCCI did it in 2018.”Also read-Rashid Latif appeals to Sourav Ganguly to reignite India-Pak cricketing ties  Advertisementlast_img read more