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I think these are some of the best FTSE shares for the 2021 stock market rally

first_img 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Adventurous investors like you won’t want to miss out on what could be a truly astonishing opportunity…You see, over the past three years, this AIM-listed company has been quietly powering ahead… rewarding its shareholders with generous share price growth thanks to a carefully orchestrated ‘buy and build’ strategy.And with a first-class management team at the helm, a proven, well-executed business model, plus market-leading positions in high-margin, niche products… our analysts believe there’s still plenty more potential growth in the pipeline.Here’s your chance to discover exactly what has got our Motley Fool UK investment team all hot-under-the-collar about this tiny £350+ million enterprise… inside a specially prepared free investment report.But here’s the really exciting part… right now, we believe many UK investors have quite simply never heard of this company before! Compared to some other international stock markets, the UK’s endured a poor 2020. For example, in the US stocks have been roaring upwards.However, the success of Britain’s vaccine rollout programme makes the UK look like a good place to invest right now. The pound sterling has been rising higher when measured against other currencies such as the US dollar and the euro. And I think those currency moves reflect optimism about the UK’s potential for a sharp economic recovery this year.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’d aim to buy the best FTSE sharesMeanwhile, many of Britain’s businesses occupy cyclical sectors that look well-placed to recover. But I wouldn’t invest just in those. The London market has many top-notch businesses doing well, both at home and abroad. I’d seek to build a diversified portfolio featuring cyclical recovery plays alongside high-flying businesses that perhaps attract higher valuations.I’d aim to diversify by investment style, sector and market capitalisation. But I reckon there’s a good chance the UK’s businesses will have a good year as 2021 unfolds. And I’m keen to back that conviction by investing in some of the best FTSE shares on offer.For example, housebuilder Persimmon could trade well through 2021. City analysts expect a robust single-digit percentage increase in earnings and the firm has been throwing out chunky shareholder dividends. The fundamentals of the sector look appealing to me. However, house prices look high. And any correction downwards could derail an investment in Persimmon.I’m keen on the ongoing recovery and growth potential at Premier Foods. The company owns many well-loved British food brands, such as Mr Kipling, Ambrosia, Batchelors, Homepride, Mc Dougall’s, OXO, Paxo and others. And, in January, the firm reported “another exceptional quarter of trading” as it continues to refresh its brands and turn the business around.But the pandemic has arguably created an unsustainable level of demand for home food. As we emerge from lockdowns, sales could decline for Premier Foods and my investment may suffer.Building back from the pandemicMeanwhile, SThree is a London-listed international staffing company. As the world rebuilds after the pandemic, I can imagine companies adding to their staff numbers and calling on the services of SThree. And City analysts have pencilled in some decent advances in earnings ahead.But the big risk for any investment is that economic recovery is delayed further by the pandemic. In such a scenario, those earning advances may not materialise and the share price could fall.I reckon Luceco has the potential to keep growing its earnings in the years ahead. The company makes and distributes wiring accessories, LED lighting, and portable power products. However, demand has been elevated while consumers spent more time and money at home during the lockdowns. As lockdowns ease, some of that demand could fall, but the wider ramp-up of general economic activity may offset that.I think the risks are balanced and I’d aim to overcome any short-term investment setback by holding my shares for the long term. 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. Kevin Godbold has no position in any share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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. Kevin Godbold | Sunday, 14th February, 2021 Click here to claim your copy of this special investment report — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top Small-Cap Stock… free of charge!center_img I think these are some of the best FTSE shares for the 2021 stock market rally Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. The high-calibre small-cap stock flying under the City’s radar Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images. See all posts by Kevin Godboldlast_img read more

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Francesco Guidolin watches Swansea beat Watford thanks to Ashley Williams goal

first_img Guidolin’s appointment was confirmed before kick-off and the former Parma, Palermo and Udinese coach took his place in the stand as Swansea sought to escape the bottom three. The 60-year-old, who has brought in the former Chelsea midfielder Gabriele Ambrosetti to assist, will work alongside interim manager Alan Curtis, though the Italian will have the final say on team selection. Guidolin witnessed a pretty drab opening with Jack Cork’s wayward effort the only shot in the first 20 minutes. Watford barely mustered an attack in the first half but might have been awarded a penalty after 21 minutes when Kyle Naughton handled right on the edge of the area. Odion Ighalo failed to direct his header goalwards under pressure from Federico Fernandez but, as Jose Manuel Jurado kept the move going, Naughton appeared to move his arm towards the ball. Watford appeals were conspicuous by their absence, however, and the Hornets were soon behind after Andre Ayew had tested Hornets goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes for the first time. Ki Sung-yueng retrieved a loose ball down the right and his cross was met by Williams, who took advantage of Miguel Britos misjudging the flight by directing his header goalwards for the first goal from any Swansea defender since March 2014. It was only the fifth time Swansea had scored the first goal in 22 Premier League matches this term but it prompted a surge in confidence with the Watford defence at full stretch not to concede a second. Jurado tried to spark Watford into life either side of the break with attempts from distance and Britos went close when he sent Ben Watson’s delicious free-kick on to the roof of the net. Cork volleyed over for Swansea but there was an anxiety about their play which reflected the importance of the situation. With main striker Ayew dropping ever deeper to influence matters, there was no central figure to hold the ball up and the lively Jurado fired wide as Watford pushed for an equaliser. But Swansea saw their own penalty shout ignored when Watson leaned into Neil Taylor’s shot with referee Michael Oliver adjudging the contact was more shoulder than arm. Watford came within inches of equalising late on when Juardo almost punished Taylor’s error but Swansea substitute Bafetimbi Gomis struck a post in stoppage time as they held on to move a point above Newcastle into 17th place. TWEET OF THE MATCH ” Incredible – a #Swans defender scores a goal for the first time in 22 months. Ki cross, Williams rises to nod home from eight yards 1-0 27m” – South Wales Evening Post reporter Gareth Vincent registers his surprise at source of Swansea’s winner. PLAYER RATINGS Swansea Lukasz Fabianski 6 (out of 10) Kyle Naughton: 6 Federico Fernandez: 7 Ashley Williams: 8 Neil Taylor: 7 Leon Britton: 7 Jack Cork: 7 Ki Sung-yueng: 5 Wayne Routledge: 6 Gylfi Sigurdsson: 7 Andre Ayew: 7 Substitutes Modou Barrow (on for Routledge 66mins): 6 Bafetimbi Gomis (on for Ayew 82mins): 6 Jordi Amat (on for Ki 87mins): 6 Watford Heurelho Gomes: 6 Allan Nyom: 6 Miguel Britos: 5 Craig Cathcart: 6 Nathan Ake: 5 Ben Watson: 7 Etienne Capoue: 5 Jose Manuel Jurado: 7 Valon Behrami: 6 Troy Deeney: 6 Odion Ighalo: 5 Substitutes Juan Carlos Paredes (on for Nyom 74mins): 6 Obbi Oulare (on for Behrami 88mins): 6 STAR MAN ASHLEY WILLIAMS: Grabbed the all-important Swansea winner with his first goal for nearly two years and his first in the Premier League at the Liberty Stadium. But the captain was just as important at the other end as he dealt with a succession of crosses which came his way and kept a cool head when the pressure was really on. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Tempting to say the final whistle as the relief which poured out from Swansea supporters shook the Liberty Stadium to its foundations. But Williams’ well-directed header was the stand-out moment, as much for as its rarity value as bagging three precious points to take the hosts out of the bottom three. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Interim manager Alan Curtis was taking charge of the team for the last time with new head coach Francesco Guidolin sat in the stand and set to pick the team from now on. Curtis must have been delighted with the effort from his players who gave him a second win in seven league matches. But it’s now four straight defeats for Watford and manager Quique Sanchez Flores must be concerned by the Hornets’ slump with the Igahlo/Deeney partnership suddenly firing blanks. MOAN OF THE MATCH The lack of quality. It is probably true to say standards are going to suffer when so much at stake and Swansea’s renowned passing game has certainly disappeared during their current relegation strife. But for much of this contest possession was frittered away too cheaply and the quality was not becoming of the “greatest league in the world”. WHO’S UP NEXT? Watford v Newcastle (Premier League, January 23) Everton v Swansea (Premier League, January 24) Swansea skipper and match-winner Williams was delighted to secure a vital three points for his side and take them out of the bottom three. “It’s massive, I think all the games are big for us now. We need points as quick as possible and try to move up the table to get out of this situation,” he told Sky Sports 1. The 31-year-old centre-half also revealed the playing staff knew Francesco Guidolin was going to be appointed Swansea head coach last night. Williams admitted that a new boss on the horizon may have been a factor behind an improved performance, but also paid tribute to caretaker boss Alan Curtis and said the players wanted to end his spell in style. “We heard the news last night and obviously everyone got on to Google and did their research and tried to find out as much as they can about him,” he added. “It looks like he’s got a good record. He’ll have been watching tonight so I think it gave everyone at the club a bit of a lift to go out and try and show what you can do, but also for Curt (Alan Curtis) as well who has done an amazing job.” Curtis thought his side were well worth the points, saying: “I thought so. In the first half especially I thought we controlled the game and it was one of our better performances of the season I’d say, but obviously we were a bit more tentative second half but I think that’s just the way it is at the moment.” When asked about Guidolin he added: “For the new manager looking in he can sort of assess what he’s seen, but I would have thought he would be more than pleasantly surprised with what he saw.” Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores was disappointed with his side’s first-half display and the result, but pointed out that they were much improved after the break. “I was disappointed in the first half that we lost a bit of balance,” he said. “But I’m really happy with the performance in the second half. They had pressure with the ball they had.” A rare Ashley Williams goal, headed home from inside the six-yard box after 27 minutes, was enough to give Swansea only a third win in 18 league attempts and lift them out of the bottom three at the expense of Newcastle. It was far from pretty at times but that will not worry a Swansea side who inflicted a fourth straight league defeat on a Watford side suffering their worst run of the season. New Swansea head coach Francesco Guidolin saw his side ease their Barclays Premier League relegation worries with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Watford. Press Associationlast_img read more

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NFL leans toward Bears-Packers for 2019 kickoff, sets Thanksgiving matchups, report says

first_imgIt would be just the second time since 2006 that the Super Bowl champion will not appear in the league’s opening game. Instead, the defending champion Patriots are expected to host the season’s first “Sunday Night Football” matchup on Sept. 8.The report added the NFL has tentatively picked the four teams that will play on Thanksgiving Day, naming the Bears and Dolphins as opponents for the Lions and Cowboys, both of which typically play on the holiday.The full NFL schedule is set to be released in April. The 2019 NFL season may be six months away, but fans already have something new to look forward to.According to the Sports Business Journal, the league is considering featuring an NFC showdown between the Bears and Packers on Sept. 5 in the opening game of its 100th season. Chicago and Green Bay first played in 1921 and have faced each other 198 times since, making it the NFL’s oldest rivalry.last_img read more

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