See all posts by Andy Ross This FTSE 100 share price has fallen over 10% and I’m buying. This is why. 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! Andy Ross owns shares in Diageo. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Britvic. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Diageo. 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. Andy Ross | Saturday, 27th June, 2020 | More on: BVIC DGE Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Enter Your Email Address Shares in FTSE 100 beverages company Diageo (LSE: DGE) were hit by the coronavirus. That’s despite the company’s appeal as a relatively defensive share. All boats got dragged down as the tide went out in March.That situation, however, creates an opportunity for investors because the shares are still down 10% over the past six months. I think this makes Diageo shares a great long-term buy and indeed I’ve been adding to my position in the company – topping up as recently as earlier this week.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…Why buy Diageo shares?There are a few reasons why I want to buy the shares. There’s the obvious point that they are now cheaper than they were – although that in itself isn’t a reason to buy. The reasons to buy are the quality of the company, the defensive nature of the shares, and the potential for sustained dividend growth.I think the shares are quality because Diageo owns a portfolio of brands, many of which are leaders in their categories. Think Guinness, for example. On top of that, the company has international markets and produces huge amounts of cash.Demand for alcohol isn’t going away. Even during lockdown when many are worried about their financial future, demand for alcohol has held up. The downside is obviously trading from pubs and restaurants has all but dried up in many countries – especially in the UK. That situation is, however, starting to change already and should improve in the coming months.Then thirdly, when it comes to dividend growth potential I think the shares are well ahead of many of the higher yielding peers. Dividend cover just below two. That indicates to me that there’s room to keep increasing shareholder rewards and this is what I want to see.To my mind, Diageo shares are a great long-term buy and I’ll be adding to my holding again soon no doubt.A tasty alternativeIf you’d prefer to focus on soft drinks, Britvic (LSE: BVIC) combines a price-to-earnings multiple of 13 with a dividend yield of 2.7%. It’s worth noting the interim dividend has been suspended.I’d suggest in some ways then Britvic is riskier than Diageo, as it’s smaller and has been hit by sugar taxes. At the end of last year it also had a big write-down on the value of its French assets, although it has since sold bottling facilities in the country. With bigger risk though, it could also offer greater rewards.At the end of May, the group said coronavirus was still hitting profits at around £12m–£18m a month. Hence the decision made on the dividend. It needs to conserve cash until the worst effects of the lockdown pass.On the upside, for the six months to 31 March, Britvic reported a pre-tax profit of £53.6m compared with £45.2m a year ago. Brands such as Robinsons, Drench, Fruit Shoot, and R Whites will stay in demand this summer regardless of what happens with Covid-19 or the economy. Overall I think Britivic shares could also be worth buying. 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ABC News(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — Images of neo-Nazis marching in the streets and violent clashes between alt-right protesters and counterprotesters in Charlottesville last year are still fresh in many residents’ minds. On Aug. 12, 2017, a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville turned deadly when a 20-year-old Ohio man allegedly accelerated his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and leaving 19 others injured, five critically.Now, some of the same right-wing groups involved in those events in Charlottesville are planning another protest to coincide with the anniversary this weekend. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and the city of Charlottesville declared states of emergency ahead of this weekend’s anniversary. The governor said in a press conference Wednesday he will allow agencies to call in the National Guard to assist in security efforts. What happened last year?Charlottesville, best known for being home to the state university created by Thomas Jefferson, may seem like an unusual choice for a heated battle involving neo-Nazis, but there was a reason that “Unite the Right” organizers chose the town for their rally.Charlottesville had been in a months-long battle over what to do with a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee, who led the Confederate army during the Civil War.Many cities across the country have been grappling with what to do with their Confederate statues, as some feel that they are reminders of a dark time of racism in U.S. history and should be taken down. Earlier in 2017, the Charlottesville City Council had voted to remove the Lee statue and rename the park where it is located.A group of white nationalists protested the decision in May, prompting criticism from the mayor. But that protest paled in comparison to what unfolded in August.The “Unite the Right” rally was scheduled for Sat. Aug. 12 and participants started to gather in Charlottesville the night before.A group of white nationalists holding lit tiki torches marched through the campus of the University of Virginia, some chanting the Nazi-associated phrase “blood and soil.” The formal rally was scheduled to start at noon Saturday but the first skirmishes of the day between protesters and counter-protesters were reported that morning. Tensions soared and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency before noon that day. The violence reached its peak at 1:42 p.m. when James Alex Fields rammed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters. Heyer was killed and 19 others were injured.Two Virginia State Police troopers were killed when their helicopter crashed outside of Charlottesville. The troopers, Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, were lending air support in response to the violence in Charlottesville.Trump’s controversial responsePresident Donald Trump was spending time at his golf club in Bedminister, New Jersey, and released a statement condemning the violence but not calling out the white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups in attendance. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides — on many sides,” Trump said in a short statement delivered in New Jersey. “It’s been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump. Not Barack Obama. It’s been going on for a long, long time.”Trump tweeted twice more that afternoon, offering condolences to the families of Heyer and the troopers, but did not make any specific mention of the controversial groups.On Aug. 13, a White House spokesperson who would not be publicly identified released a statement about Trump’s comments Saturday.“The president said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry, and hatred, and of course that includes white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi and all extremist groups. He called for national unity and bringing all Americans together,” the White House spokesperson said. It wasn’t until two days later, on Monday afternoon, that Trump made another televised statement, this time, being more explicit.“Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans,” he said. “To anyone who acted criminally in this weekend’s racist violence, you will be held fully accountable. Justice will be delivered,” he added.But Trump added more fuel to the fire on Tuesday, Aug. 15 during a televised press conference in which he lashed out at criticism of his initial statement.Asked about his immediate response Saturday, Trump quickly went on to blame both sides for the conflict, adding that there were “very fine people” among both the white supremacists and the counter-protesters.“I think there is blame on both sides. You look at both sides. I think there is blame on both sides,” Trump said during his remarks on Aug. 15.“You had some very bad people in that group. You also had some very fine people on both sides,” he added.What is expected to happen this weekend?Groups from both sides of the conflict have planned public demonstrations on the anniversary of the Charlottesville clashes, but this time they’re moving it to a bigger stage.Permits for protests have been granted in different parts of Washington D.C., with the organizers of the original “Unite the Right” rally planning to march from a nearby Metro station to a demonstration in Lafayette Square Park, directly opposite the White House.Multiple counter-demonstrations have also received permits, including groups like Black Lives Matter and an individual who plans to burn a Confederate flag in Lafayette Park.More details about the demonstrations are expected to be released in the coming days.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.