The best UK bank shares to buy now

first_imgThe best UK bank shares to buy now “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Image source: Getty Images Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. Alan Oscroft | Monday, 10th May, 2021 UK bank shares have come storming back in 2021. And investors who bought during the slump will have done well. But will the recovery keep going, and which are the best banks to buy now?Checking back to mid-February, just before the crash kicked in, I’m surprised to see that Barclays shares are up 4% since then. Through such a dreadful period, I find that astonishing. And my Lloyds Banking Group shares, which crashed more than 55% at one point, have recovered to a far less painful 17% loss. HSBC Holdings, with its very different focus, is the poorest performer of these three, down 22% over the 15 months.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…I’ve liked UK bank shares for a long time (to my cost in recent years, admittedly). And I can’t help thinking we face attractive buying possibilities right now, even after the 2021 recovery. I see several different approaches, each with different merits.The first is Lloyds, which is very much a changed bank since I bought my shares. Following the banking crisis, and then Brexit, Lloyds is now a UK-focused retail operation. That means two key things to me, one positive and one negative. On the upside, Lloyds is much better insulated from global banking shocks now, and is no longer involved in the high-stakes, high-risk, investment banking business.UK bank shares diversitySo for those looking for UK bank shares, Lloyds is very much a UK bank. But the downside of that is 100% dependency on, and exposure to, the UK economy. Investors don’t get the safety through geographic diversification that comes with shares in international companies.The news might be full of predictions of big UK economic growth in 2021, but that’s after the hammering of 2020. Our longer term, post-Brexit, economy is still far from certain.Barclays took a different approach to the twin financial threats, and has retained its international outlook. It’s still big in investment banking too, and investors had hoped the big profit hikes being enjoyed by US banks would rub off.Sadly, first-quarter results didn’t impress, with revenue dipping 6%. The Barclays share price quickly shook off the disappointment, but there’s clearly some risk attached to buying at today’s relatively high prices.I do have it on my watchlist, though, as I see Barclays as a leader among UK bank shares. I’ll wait until I see what half-time results look like.Wider geographic exposureFor a very different geographic focus, HSBC looks like a decent candidate to me. But it’s not without its problems. It’s tied closely to the Chinese economy, which looks like a good thing while that’s booming.But while the rest of the UK banks might be much slimmed down now, HSBC has, for years, been looking a bit bloated. Work on restructuring and cost savings was impacted by the pandemic, but it should hopefully continue. HSBC does face uncertainty on the China and Hong Kong political front, mind.I reckon these three banks could further attract the bulls when their dividends get back in full swing. In fact, I think a good bit of the recent resurgence is probably down to improving dividend prospects. I’m seeing all three as long-term buys among UK bank 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. 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first_imgNebraska’s First Lady, Susanne Shore, was in South Sioux City Thursday to talk about “Bring Up Nebraska”.It’s a statewide community based prevention initiative involving children and families, a program Shore is directly involved in:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….solve those problems. :18The first lady spoke at the Dakota County Connections monthly meeting to local agency and business leaders.Shore says it’s that type of community group that Bring Up Nebraska is geared towards:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………….for Dakota County. ;18Shore’s appearance was somewhat of a homecoming to the area for her, as she previously worked at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….have a good time. :11Bring up Nebraska is part of the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation, which supports children, young adults, and families at risk.———————–last_img read more

10 months agoBournemouth boss Howe: No transfer decisions set in stone

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe: No transfer decisions set in stoneby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe admits he needs to consider where his squad needs to be strengthened ahead of the market opening next month.Simon Francis is out for the season with a knee injury.Asked whether his captain’s setback would impact on his thinking ahead of the upcoming transfer window, Howe replied: “I’d be lying if I said it hasn’t and I have had those conversations but we will wait and see what happens.“Nothing has been decided we have made no moves in the market at all at the moment. I think it’s a case of still seeing what options we have available to us.“It would be foolish of me to make that promise and pledge but we are looking at what we can do.” last_img read more

Video Surfaces Of Dak Prescott Attack, Culprits May Have Boasted Online About Act

first_imgDak Prescott celebrating in his Mississippi State uniformSTARKVILLE, MS – NOVEMBER 22: Dak Prescott #15 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs reacts to a touchdown during the third quarter of a game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Davis Wade Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)Monday night, it was reported by a number of sources that Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott and at least one of his teammates were attacked outside a Waka Flocka Flame concert in Panama City, Florida while on spring break. Tuesday morning, video of the incident has surfaced. The alleged perpetrator might have also boasted on his Twitter account about his involvement.In the below clips, both Prescott and one of his teammates are brutally attacked by a group of men in a parking lot immediately following the concert. Prescott can be seen struggling to get up after the encounter. The Bulldogs signal-caller suffered a number of cuts and bruises, but according to the school, he does not have any significant injuries.One Twitter user, @str8fam_dwilson, reportedly took to social media after the incident to boast about attacking Prescott and his teammates. He’s since deleted the tweets, but a number of users screenshotted them. We can’t confirm that he was involved.So these are the ignorant fools, @str8fam_dwilson, that allegedly jumped on @DakPrescott? Just stupid @Yep_ItsCheryl— JoeAMorton (@theJunebugg731) March 10, [email protected] @str8fam_dwilson— James Thurman (@coachthurman) March 10, 2015Luckily, none of the players were seriously injured. But it’s still clear that this was a scary situation for all.last_img read more

Vine: Hampton Coach Edward Joyner Pretended To Call Jesus To Ask About Team’s Odds Against Kentucky

first_imgHampton head coach Edward Joyner on his phone.Vine/CMTomlinYou can’t accuse Hampton head coach Edward Joyner of not having a sense of humor about his team’s chances against undefeated Kentucky. During today’s post-game press conference following the Pirates’ win against Manhattan, Joyner pretended to call Jesus to ask about his team’s odds against the Wildcats. Apparently, Jesus went chalk in his bracket.Hampton’s coach just pretended to call Jesus about their odds against Kentucky and Jesus hung up on him.— C.M. Tomlin (@CM_Tomlin) March 18, 2015During a media session earlier in the week, when asked about a possible match-up with Kentucky, Joyner said “you’ve got to hope you’ve got Jesus on speed dial”. This is your second installment of “Hampton is your new favorite 16 seed.”last_img read more

Asian stocks plunge after Wall Street fall on rate hike

first_imgBEIJING — Asian stock markets plunged Thursday, following Wall Street down after the Federal Reserve raised U.S. interest rates.KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 index plummeted 3.2 per cent to 20,312.96 and the Shanghai Composite Index dropped 1 per cent to 2,523.40. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng lost 1.7 per cent to 25,430.40 and Seoul’s Kospi shed 1.3 per cent to 2,051.23. Sydney’s S&P-ASX 200 retreated 1.3 per cent to 5,508.10 and India’s Sensex gave up 0.7 per cent to 36,324.37. New Zealand and Malaysia gained while Taiwan and other Southeast Asian markets retreated.FED WATCH: The Fed raised raised its key interest rate for a fourth time this year to reflect U.S. economic strength and said it plans more increases next year. That lifted the Fed’s benchmark rate to its highest level since the 2008 global financial crisis. The Fed said it expects two rate increases next year instead of three. Investors were disappointed Chairman Jerome Powell failed to go further in indicating a slowdown in the pace of increases.WALL STREET: Stocks gave up a rally and plunged, sending the market to its lowest level since September 2017. The Dow Jones Industrial Average swung from a gain to close down 1.5 per cent at 23,323.66. The Standard & Poor’s 500 skidded 1.5 per cent to 2,506.96. It has lost 9.2 per cent this month. The Nasdaq composite gave up 2.2 per cent to 6,636.83.ANALYST’S TAKE: With headwinds to growth and inflation stabilizing, “the Fed can afford to slow down from here,” said Shane Oliver of AMP Capital in a report. “A more cautious Fed should provide some support for markets although more falls are possible into early next year before markets bottom and head higher as investors realize the US/global economy is not going into recession soon.”CHINA LENDING: Beijing unexpectedly announced a 100 billion yuan ($15 billion) lending program to support entrepreneurs. Financial analysts said the “targeted easing” appears to be aimed at shoring up economic growth without reigniting a rise in national debt levels.JAPAN INTEREST RATES: Japan’s central bank, as was widely expected, left its short-term policy rate unchanged at a negative 0.1 per cent and its 10-year bond yield target at 0 per cent. The bank’s economic outlook was optimistic but said it would keep rates “extremely low” for an extended period.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude lost $1.07 to $47.10 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract jumped $1.57 on Wednesday to close at $48.17. Brent crude, used to price international oils, retreated $1.04 to $56.20 per barrel in London. It gained 98 cents the previous session to close at $57.24.CURRENCY: The dollar eased to 112.41 yen from Wednesday’s 112.44 yen. The euro gained to $1.1381 from $1.1375.Joe McDonald, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Pak says security forces rescued 4 kidnapped Iranian soldiers

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan has claimed to have rescued four kidnapped Iranian soldiers from terrorists in the restive Balochistan province bordering Afghanistan. The Pakistan Army said that forces carried out an operation following a tip-off that extremists from a banned outfit had brought soldiers from Afghanistan to a “transitional hideout” in Amori area of Chaghai district of the province. “After an exchange of fire, four Iranian soldiers were rescued,” it said on Wednesday. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US At least 12 Iranian security personnel, including members of the Revolutionary Guards, were kidnapped near the Pakistan border in October last year. Jaish al-Adl, an anti-Shiite and anti-Iran terrorist group, had claimed responsibility for the kidnapping. The kidnapping led to a public spat between Pakistan and Iran, which accused extremists hiding in Pakistan of carrying out attacks inside Iran.last_img read more

Football Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki presents Ohio State with 78inch

Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki (88) celebrates one of his two first-quarter touchdown reception against Pitt on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, at Beaver Stadium. Penn State won, 33-14. Credit: Courtesy of TNSOhio State junior linebacker Jerome Baker said he can jump as high as the ball is thrown. Even that might not be enough Saturday when he and the Buckeye defense attempts to cover Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki.The massive receiving target is listed at 6-foot-6, 250 pounds, but looking at him, he might be even bigger. He towers over defensive backs and runs faster than linebackers. But Gesicki’s most impressive skill is his vertical leap as he consistently corrals passes above the outstretched arms of defenders.“He’s a very, very good athlete. He makes catches that men his size usually can’t make,” defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said. “Great flexibility in his upper body, can torque his body in all different ways and he has good hands.”Before the season, Gesicki was named to the Mackey Award watch list — given to the nation’s top tight end — and honored as a preseason first-team All-American. He’s lived up to his billing through seven games as he has pulled down 24 receptions for 228 yards, including five touchdowns.The Nittany Lions have talent at every skill position on offense — five players have between 16 and 32 receptions — so they don’t need to force feed Gesicki. They can pick and choose when to use quarterback Trace McSorley’s largest target.“He’s another wide receiver, really,” Schiano said. “He’s positionally called a tight end but he has the skillset of a wide receiver.”Defenses have not found any easy fixes for covering massive, skilled tight ends like Gesicki. “Because the kid can run so well in cover, you’ve got to put an athlete [on the tight end], well now you’ve got a matchup problem: size,” co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Kevin Wilson said. “You put a big guy who can match up size, a lot of times that guy can’t cover.”OSU junior linebacker Jerome Baker (17) prepares for a play during the season opener vs Indiana. OSU won 49-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Buckeyes have already to try to cover a receiver-like tight end once this season in Week 2 when they had to deal with Oklahoma tight end Mark Andrews, a massive 6-foot-5, 254-pound weapon in the Sooners’ receiving game. Andrews got hurt in the first quarter and did not return, but he stayed healthy long enough to make two catches for 23 yards and to demonstrate how the Buckeyes defend against talented receiving tight ends.In the first drive, five different defenders lined up to cover Andrews on different plays — cornerbacks Kendall Sheffield and Damon Arnette, safety Damon Webb and linebackers Malik Harrison and Baker. Safety Jordan Fuller has also garnered reps in the slot this season, where Gesicki often lines up, and Schiano hinted he might be used there Saturday night. Ohio State will not — and can not afford to — use just one player to cover Gesicki. If the Buckeyes were to solely use cornerbacks and safeties to cover the tight end, Gesicki could jump over them. And if they just used linebackers, Gesicki could out-run them, find open holes for McSorley to throw or pull them away from the line, leaving space for running back Saquon Barkley to make plays.For a defensive coordinator, Gesicki is a matchup nightmare as each position group seems potentially exploitable by the massive tight end.“[Gesicki’s] about 6-foot-7,” Schiano said. “We’ve just got to have different ways to try to get people on him.”Though Ohio State’s defense has not faced many talented tight ends this season, it has struggled against the ones it has faced, as well as taller receivers like Indiana’s 6-foot-4 wideout Simmie Cobbs. When asked how the Buckeyes will be able to stop, or at least contain, Gesicki, Baker paused and pondered the question for five seconds before answering.“Don’t allow it to be a jump ball,” Baker said. “Be physical on him before he even gets the chance to jump like that. When it’s that high, he’s going to be a tough one. Just got to play through his hands and some way, some how get it out.”Baker and a multitude of other defensive players will be called on to outjump the 6-foot-6 former volleyball player, a nearly impossible task. Even Schiano was still searching for solutions. When Schiano was asked by a reporter which defender could stop Gesicki, he said, jokingly, “You tell me who is the best matchup.” read more

Guus Hiddink named China Under21 coach

first_imgFormer Russia and Netherlands boss Guus Hiddink has been announced as the new coach of China’s Under-21 sideThe 71-year-old previously worked in Asia for South Korea, whom he led to the semi-finals of the 2002 World Cup at their home ground.Now Hiddink has been assigned the task of leading China’s newest generation of young stars to the 2020 AFC Under-23 Championship in order to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.Sunderland v Chelsea - Premier LeagueReport: Guus Hiddink in talks to become new Colombia boss Andrew Smyth – August 25, 2018 Guus Hiddink has reportedly held talks with the Colombian FA over becoming the new manager of the national sideCurrent head coach Jose Pekerman looks…It will mark Hiddink’s first role in football management since his brief spell in charge of Chelsea in the 2015/16 season after they fired Jose Mourinho.A statement on the China Football Association’s website read (via FIFA): “The team will be prepared for the 2020 AFC U-23 Championship qualification with the aims of sealing a place at the Men’s Football Tournament of the 2020 Olympic Games.”The China Under-21 side will begin their qualification for the 2020 AFC Under-23 Championship in March next year.last_img read more

Pochettino proud of Spurs 31 win over West Ham

first_imgTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino hailed his side following their 3-1 Carabao Cup victory over West Ham UnitedDespite Lucas Perez getting one back for the hosts, Spurs booked their place in the quarter-finals after a brace from Son Heung-min and Fernando Llorente’s strike.Spurs’ win came just 48 hours after they played Manchester City on a dreadful Wembley pitch on Monday night.Therefore, on Wednesday’s game at West Ham, Pochettino made 10 changes to his line-up with Davinson Sanchez the only one left in the team.Kieran trippier, Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham HotspursTrippier and Pochettino try to clear up a war of words George Patchias – September 13, 2019 The apparent war of words between Kieran Trippier and Mauricio Pochettino is thought to be nothing more than a misunderstanding.Trippier was sold by Tottenham…“It was a very good performance, I’m very proud because it was so complicated this game and another derby, a derby that in the end we won and it’s important to go into the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup,” Pochettino told the club website.“For a lot of players, it was a fantastic opportunity to show their quality, players like Paulo, like Foyth, like Sonny who started to feel the net again.”Pochettino’s side will face North London rivals Arsenal in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.Meanwhile, Spurs will be on the road again this Saturday when they take on Wolves in a Premier League game at Molineux.last_img read more