UK stock investing: 2 of the best shares to buy in an ISA right now

first_img See all posts by Royston Wild Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Investor appetite for UK stocks has taken a bit of a smack in recent days. It’s not a huge surprise given recent news flow surrounding the battle against Covid-19.As Joshua Mahony, Senior Market analyst at IG, notes: “For all the positive efforts we are seeing to administer vaccines worldwide, the virus continues to pose a major risk given the ongoing mutations that are taking place.”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…UK share investors have taken fright on signs that these Covid-19 variants could be resistant to vaccines. The merging of mutations in Britain and California has rattled nerves as well. It’s possible that cyclical shares like banks, energy producers and travel providers could come under fresh pressure should mutations continue to emerge.It’s clear that stock investors need to remain on their toes in 2021. But I don’t plan to stop buying for my Stocks and Shares ISA any time soon. I think there are plenty of UK stocks that should thrive, even in the event of a long economic downturn.A UK share I’d drink toI think Diageo (LSE: DGE), for instance, is a perfect UK share for these uncertain times. It’s one I own in my ISA. Demand for alcoholic beverages remains stable during economic upturns and downturns. And this FTSE 100 firm’s drinks, such as Guinness and Captain Morgan, have the sort of colossal brand power that make them ‘must haves’, regardless of economic conditions. People will find a way to fit them in their shopping budgets, whatever the weather. This is why I think the company is worth every inch of its elevated valuation. Today, it trades on a forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 27 times.These qualities explain why City analysts reckon Diageo’s earnings will keep rising over the medium term. Bottom-line rises of 3% and 12% are forecast for the fiscal years to June 2021 and 2022 respectively. A word of warning though. City forecasts can miss by a mile if trading conditions suddenly worsen. In the case of Diageo, profits could come under pressure if the Covid-19 crisis does indeed stretch on and bars, restaurants and pubs remain shuttered.Space heroLok’nStore Group (LSE: LOK) is a UK share which could actually benefit from further coronavirus lockdowns. Retailers which operate online have seen demand for their goods balloon as shops have been closed. This has caused a massive scramble for space in which to store their stock, boosting occupancy levels across self-storage facilities.That said, there’s always a risk that falling consumer confidence of late could lead to reduced demand for Lok’nStore’s spaces, both directly and as a result of falling e-commerce activity. Today, City analysts reckon earnings at this UK stock will rise 35% and 6% in the financial years to June 2021 and 2022 respectively.This leaves it trading on a forward P/E ratio of 45. It’s the sort of elevated rating that could cause a severe share price correction if trading conditions do indeed begin to deteriorate. Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Royston Wild | Sunday, 21st February, 2021 | More on: DGE LOK UK stock investing: 2 of the best shares to buy in an ISA right nowcenter_img Image source: Getty Images 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. 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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. Royston Wild owns shares of Diageo. 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. 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Staff kept in touch all the way in Balfour’s changes

first_imgAchange in HR strategy at Balfour Beatty Rail Renewals helped prevent itsclosure in 1999 and has significantly contributed to the company’s turnaroundin profitability.Thecompany’s HR director explained that it was within six months of closure in February1999 when it cut 170 jobs, and developed a new strategy to train and motivatestaff.Speakingat a performance management conference in London this month, Terry O’Briensaid, “Internal research showed a need for a more profitable relationshipwith Railtrack, improved management skills and increased staff identity withBalfour Beatty as a distinct company.”Itprompted the board – of which O’Brien is a member – to draw up a clear visionof how the company should operate. TheHR team then communicated this vision to staff through an HR roadshow thatvisited Balfour Beatty tearooms and garages across the UK. O’Briensaid, “Communication was the key to helping people get on board withchange.” Theresearch also revealed that staff had the average reading age ofseven-year-olds, so a skills training programme was developed that used keypadresponse rather than exhaustive written work. O’Briensaid, “We put our investment in training to keep people on board. It was amajor success with no disputes and not a single claim.”Arecent survey showed that 72 per cent of staff understand the overall goals ofthe business.O’Briensaid the company has gone from a loss in 1998 to exceeding its targets in 2000. Staff kept in touch all the way in Balfour’s changesOn 13 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Video: Clippers coach Doc Rivers on facing the Utah Jazz again

first_imgPLAYA VISTA — Clippers coach Doc Rivers says his team learned from its loss in Utah this week. The Clippers will host the Jazz at 6 p.m. Sunday. Also, he said he likes seeing the Clippers billboards around L.A. and says Montrezl Harrell’s become “master of his domain” this season. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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