I think these could be the FTSE 100’s top 2 dividend buys right now

first_img Enter Your Email Address Alan Oscroft | Thursday, 8th October, 2020 | More on: BATS IMB Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now! Markets around the world are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic…And with so many great companies trading at what look to be ‘discount-bin’ prices, now could be the time for savvy investors to snap up some potential bargains.But whether you’re a newbie investor or a seasoned pro, deciding which stocks to add to your shopping list can be daunting prospect during such unprecedented times.Fortunately, The Motley Fool is here to help: our UK Chief Investment Officer and his analyst team have short-listed five companies that they believe STILL boast significant long-term growth prospects despite the global lock-down…You see, here at The Motley Fool we don’t believe “over-trading” is the right path to financial freedom in retirement; instead, we advocate buying and holding (for AT LEAST three to five years) 15 or more quality companies, with shareholder-focused management teams at the helm.That’s why we’re sharing the names of all five of these companies in a special investing report that you can download today for FREE. If you’re 50 or over, we believe these stocks could be a great fit for any well-diversified portfolio, and that you can consider building a position in all five right away. Alan Oscroft has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Imperial Brands. 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. Image source: Getty Images. center_img I’m talking about the FTSE 100‘s two tobacco companies today, Imperial Brands (LSE: IMB) and British American Tobacco (LSE: BATS). Now, there are certainly ethical issues at play here, but it’s not my place to push my views in that respect. You have to make up your own mind on that – I’m just here to make the investment case. And in that regard, I reckon these both offer very attractive long-term dividend potential.With the share prices of the two badly depressed in 2020, their dividend yields are soaring. The British American Tobacco share price has fallen 16% since the start of the year. But forecasts are still strong, putting the shares on forward P/E multiples of only around 8. That pushes forecast dividend yields up to the 8% mark, with the cash covered around 1.5 times by earnings.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…Even bigger fallOver at Imperial Brands, the situation looks more extreme. The share price is down 27%, the forecast P/E is down to only a little over 5. And the predicted dividends would yield around 10%. There is a modest dip in earnings on the cards for the current year, but analysts expect things to pick up again next year. And forecast dividend cover is even better at 1.9 times.Imperial Brands’ financial year ended on 30 September, and we’ll have to wait until 17 November for the results. But the firm gave us a trading update Thursday.New CEO Stefan Bomhard spoke of “resilience in adapting to the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic,” and of his “confidence in our ability to deliver a stronger performance in the years ahead“.Attractive outlookThe company says the business has performed well, with consumption rising slightly. It expects a full-year rise in tobacco net revenue of 1% at constant currency, slightly ahead of interim guidance. But due to some extra manufacturing costs and provisions, down to the Covid-19 impact, earnings per share should be down around 6%. That’s in line with market expectations, and I think the dividend is very safe.The year for British American Tobacco, meanwhile, doesn’t conclude until December. At the halfway stage, chief executive Jack Bowles described the company as “performing well in difficult circumstances“. Echoing progress away from actually burning tobacco, the firm told us that 10% of its revenues came from non-combustible products. It’s targeting 50m consumers of non-combustibles by 2030.Adjusted revenue was up 2.4%, with adjusted profit from operations up 3.3%. The company put adjusted EPS 6.6% ahead, better than full-year forecasts.Cash cow dividend stocksMy Motley Fool colleague Jonathan Smith has picked British American Tobacco as the one stock he’d buy in October to hold for life. He makes some excellent points, which I think apply to Imperial Brands too. Both companies are very mature, and there’s no ‘jam tomorrow’ growth element to them. No, they’re just doing what they do very well. And that’s a high margin business that’s strongly cash generative, paying top dividend yields. There’s also a big defensive moat around the tobacco business, and I really can’t see any newcomers knocking the giants off their perches.In short, I’d say Imperial Brands and British American Tobacco have evolved into exactly the kind of cash-cow businesses that every company dreams of becoming. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I think these could be the FTSE 100’s top 2 dividend buys right now 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. 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Moore plans to stay put at Leinster

first_img Press Association Jim Mallinder’s men were as stunned as they were furious with their capitulation, but will draw on their group stage experiences of last season. Saints slumped to a 25-6 home defeat to Ulster in December last term, only to pull off a remarkable 10-9 victory at Ravenhill in the return contest a week later. Former Castleknock College man Moore admitted Leinster are extremely wary of Northampton’s Ulster factor this weekend. He said: “We’re all very aware of the fact they will bring a big backlash against us. “Their fans gave them a tough time so we know the job in hand. “We’ve got to make sure we don’t fall victim to that and do the same thing we did last week. If we come out of that first half, we can deal with their threats up front and that go-forward they thrive off, then we’ll have a chance. “We almost played them at their game with that go-forward last week and maybe that can work again.” Moore is locked into his senior breakthrough year with Leinster and he admitted he relished the responsibility of carrying the RaboDirect Pro12 torch during Ireland’s autumn international schedule. He said: “We had 18 away in national camp so there was a big onus on us to keep the momentum going. “We had some tough wins but that kept us going and kicked us on. “Opportunities come along and you’ve just got to take them when they come. Especially as a tight forward it’s all about game time, so I’ve been fortunate with that. “Training against lads like Jack McGrath and Cian Healy, there’s not going to be many tougher out there, s o that definitely gives you confidence to take a step up.” Martin Moore is ready to disappoint a host of English and French clubs and commit his future to home province Leinster. Moore’s revelation comes as a further boost to the Irish Rugby Football Union after Munster’s Ireland and British Lions scrum-half Conor Murray rejected overseas advances to sign a two-year contract extension this week. Back-rowers Jamie Heaslip and Sean O’Brien remain the most likely out-of-contract Ireland stars to move abroad next season. But IRFU bosses will hope two big boosts in the space of a week in Moore and Murray can help them persuade more senior players to commit their rugby futures to Ireland. Moore said: “I’m enjoying my rugby here, this is where I grew up and this is where I want to play my rugby. “So hopefully in the near future we’ll have something done and I can just focus on my rugby and that won’t be an issue. “At this stage, offers-wise isn’t something that comes into it. “Right now it’s all about the rugby, and this is where it is.” Six-try Leinster hammered Northampton in Heineken Cup Pool One action at Franklin’s Gardens last weekend. The highly-rated tighthead prop has emerged as a target for Exeter Chiefs and Racing Metro among other interested European suitors. But the talented 22-year-old has revealed he expects to complete terms on a new deal with Leinster in the near future. last_img read more

Storify: Syracuse community reacts to overtime loss against Wisconsin

first_imgNo. 14 Syracuse dropped its first game of the season on Wednesday with a 66-58 overtime loss to Wisconsin. Here’s how fans reacted on social media.[View the story “Syracuse community reacts to overtime loss against Wisconsin” on Storify] Comments Published on December 2, 2015 at 9:58 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Related Stories What we learned from Syracuse basketball’s loss to WisconsinWisconsin outrebounds Syracuse by 26 in Orange’s 1st loss of the seasonPoll: Grade the Orange’s performance against Wisconsin and pick a player of the gameJim Boeheim on Syracuse’s current stretch: ‘It’s horrific scheduling. That’s my fault’Gallery: Wisconsin hands Syracuse its 1st loss of the seasonlast_img read more

Professional challenge for England’s promising girl golfers

first_img England’s up-and-coming girl golfers will have the chance to test their skills against the professionals on the WPGA’s 2017 One Day Series. Players from the England Golf U16 and U18 regional girls’ squads have again been invited to play in the series of seven events which starts at Little Aston in May. Ten invitations are available at each tournament. Rebecca Hembrough, England Golf Women’s Performance Manager, commented: “I’m delighted to say that once again the WPGA have supported our regional programme by offering invitations to regional squad players. “Not only will they play great golf courses, but the playing groups will be mixed so they will tee it up with both experienced female professionals and those that are on the path to qualification. It’s a wonderful opportunity and great experience.” In recent years three squad players have won events on the series: Becca Earl (Bishops Stortford) won twice, following in the footsteps of Megan Clarke (Cleckheaton & District) and Charlotte West (Harewood Downs). Last season, English U16 champion Lily May Humphreys (Channels), Anna Collis (Letchworth) and Thalia Kirby (Stoke Park) all claimed fourth place finishes. The six events are: Little Aston, Staffordshire, on 8 May; Dunham Forest, Cheshire, on 24 May; Three Rivers, Essex, on 6 June; Kedleston Park, Derbyshire, on 26 June; Chestfield, Kent, on 21 July; Salisbury & South Wilts on 27 July; South Herts on 30 August. Squad players should click here to apply before the following England Golf closing dates, all at noon: Little Aston, 10 April; Dunham Forest, 24 April; Three Rivers, 8 May; Kedleston Park, 30 May; Chestfield, 19 June; Salisbury & South Wilts, 26 June; South Herts, 31 July. Entry will be for up to 10 players per event with a maximum handicap of four. Caption: Anna Collis of Letchworth Golf Club (image © Leaderboard Photography) 30 Jan 2017 Professional challenge for England’s promising girl golfers last_img read more