3 top dividend stocks I’d buy if the coronavirus sell-off gets worse

first_img See all posts by Paul Summers 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. Image source: Getty Images. Watching markets whipsaw isn’t much fun. But I don’t think the last few weeks should overly worry those invested for income (assuming they’re adequately diversified).Of course, some dividend stocks are more worthy of your capital than others. Here are what I believe to be three examples of the former.  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…IG GroupIn contrast to many companies, online trading giant IG Group (LSE: IGG) benefits from periods of market volatility. This goes some way to explaining why the FTSE 250 constituent’s share price has fared better than most over the last month.Peers Plus 500 and CMC Markets have already reported an increase in trading. And it looks like IG’s next update on 19 March is likely to contain good news. You should treat analyst estimates with caution, given many of these will need to be revised. But IG’s stock trades on a little under 16 times earnings as things stand. For a quality operator that only stands to benefit if traders remain active, I think that’s already a reasonable valuation.Aside from the consistently high returns it generates on the money it ploughs into the business, IG is in fine financial fettle with stacks of cash on the balance sheet.Dividends hikes may be on hold as it adjusts to the introduction of new regulations to protect retail traders. But IG’s 43.2p per share payout translates to a yield of 6%. That’s worth the risk, in my opinion. BritvicIn contrast to discretionary items like cars and mobile phones, demand for low-ticket beverages is unlikely to drop off a cliff, even during recessionary times. This is why I think Robinsons and J2O owner Britvic (LSE: BVIC) is another solid-looking income stock from the FTSE 250.Britvic’s share price has slipped over the last few weeks. But it certainly hasn’t been as badly hit as others on the market. Again, for what it’s worth, the valuation is also cheap, relative to industry peers. It’s a touch over 13 times expected earnings. The 3.8% yield is not the highest you can find in the second tier. But it does look to be fully covered by profits (for now). This is more than you can say for the cash payouts of other listed firms. It’s also worth mentioning Britvic has a habit of hiking its dividends every year, indicating confidence on the part of management.BiffaThird on my list of income stocks worth considering if the market sell-off continues is sustainable waste management firm Biffa (LSE: BIFF).In last week’s trading update, the company simply said it was monitoring the coronavirus outbreak but that there had “not been any meaningful impact” to business so far. That’s exactly what you’d expect from a company operating in a space where demand should remain stable. It went on to say that trading had been in line with expectations with growth seen in a number of its divisions. A highlight was the “strong performance” in its recycling business as a result of increased demand for recycled plastics. Aside from its defensive qualities, Biffa looks a decent buy for the income it provides. Following a few years of hikes to the payout, the company is predicted by analysts to return 7.71p per share in the 2019/20 financial year (ending 29 March). That’s a yield of 3%.  Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ 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. 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. 3 top dividend stocks I’d buy if the coronavirus sell-off gets worse Paul Summers owns shares of IG Group Holdings. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Britvic. 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.center_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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Editor released but cable TV operator closed in Jalalabad

first_img Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says AfghanistanAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more May 3, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Afghanistan Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” Abdul Ghafur Aiteqad, publisher of the privately-owned weekly Farda (Tomorrow), was freed on 23 December after President Karzai returned to Kabul. He had been held for four days in a small cell with eight common law prisoners. The shutdown by security police in Jalalabad of that city’s only cable TV operator, on the orders of the conservative Supreme Court, has been confirmed.___________________________________________________________20.12.02Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières) expressed its grave concern today about this week’s ban by the Afghan Supreme Court on foreign TV broadcasts by the city of Jalalabad’s only cable company and the arrest of an editor who published a cartoon of President Hamid Karzai.”Simply saying one supports press freedom does not guarantee it,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to information and culture minister Sayeed Makhdom Raheen. “We ask you to see that the editor is released and that the cable TV company can operate freely. We do not understand how a cartoon of the president and the showing foreign films undermine national security.”The Supreme Court, which is controlled by conservatives close to the fundamentalist Jamat-e-Islami party, ordered the authorities in the eastern city of Jalalabad on 18 December to stop the local Afghan Cable TV company from relaying foreign stations, especially Indian ones, which it said broadcast programmes that were “contrary to Afghan customs.” Provincial officials, notably police chief Ajab Shah, has reportedly since closed down the cable operation.Anonymous leaflets have circulated in the city in recent weeks calling for the company’s shutdown. Its director, Muhammad Humayan, told a Reporters Without Borders representative in October that the firm had already connected 600 households in the city after getting permission to operate. But he said he exercised self-censorship by not relaying stations with vulgar or obscene material. RSF_en March 11, 2021 Find out more Abdul Ghafur Aiteqad, editor of the privately-owned weekly Farda (Tomorrow), was arrested on 19 December at his office in Kabul after publishing a cartoon on 15 December showing President Karzai playing a harmonium and singing “Reconstruction! Reconstruction!” before a group of Westerners who were dancing and brandishing dollar bills. The UN representative in Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, was shown at the microphone saying: “Soon we’ll have another World Bank money-borrowing ceremony-but with interest to pay.” The editor’s arrest was reportedly ordered by defence minister Marshal Mohamed Fahim.Farda is one of 130 privately-owned publications that have sprung up in Kabul since the Taliban regime collapsed. Reporters Without Borders issued a report in October called “Press freedom a year after the fall of the Taliban.” to go further Organisation News News News Receive email alerts AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information December 20, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Editor released but cable TV operator closed in Jalalabad News RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistanlast_img read more

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Oxx and Tsui unleash Stars filly

first_img Sea The Stars won six Group Ones for Tsui back in 2009 and his first crop of runners have hit the racecourse this summer, with two of his 10 starters winning so far. Tsui and Sea The Stars’ trainer John Oxx have yet to team up with one of their great horse’s sons or daughters, but My Titania will get the ball rolling in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Fillies Maiden. “She is a nice filly having her first run and hopefully she will come on for it,” said Oxx. “Like everybody else we would like a bit of rain and good ground. This is a nice start for her, though there are a couple with good placed form, including David Wachman’s Three D Alexander who was third to Tapestry (subsequent Debutante Stakes winner). “My Titania is quite precocious. Plan A was for her to be out a few months ago, but for one reason or another that didn’t happen so she is out later.” Oxx also takes the wraps off a well-bred colt in Karezak, who lines up in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Maiden. The son of Azamour holds an early entry for next year’s Investec Derby. Oxx said: “He’s a nice big horse and needs the run. He’ll hopefully run respectably. He hasn’t been on grass much so it could come as a shock to him. He wouldn’t be as sharp as the filly (My Titania).” Owner Christopher Tsui sees the first progeny of Sea The Stars take the track in his colours as My Titania makes her racecourse bow at Leopardstown on Thursday.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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The Latest: Hertha Berlin goes into quarantine for 14 days

first_imgThe Diamond League was scheduled to start in Qatar next month. Two meets in China in May were to follow. The Diamond League says travel restrictions and disrupted preparations caused by the coronavirus outbreak have made it impossible to stage those competitions on time.The season is now tentatively set to begin in Stockholm on May 24.Only one of the three canceled meets has been rescheduled. The event in Shanghai is now set for Aug. 13. The meet in Qatar and the second Chinese meet have been postponed indefinitely but could be restaged after the Diamond League final in September.The 2020 season was supposed to see a shift in how the Diamond League is run with an extended 15-meet season and fewer events at each.China has already resumed a partial track and field schedule after the virus outbreak subsided. It was supposed to host the world indoor championships this month in Nanjing but that event was moved to 2021. Hertha Berlin’s players and coaching staff are going into quarantine for 14 days after one of the players tested positive for the coronavirus.The Bundesliga club doesn’t say which player was affected.The team had been due to return to training on Tuesday after three days of individual exercise.Hertha doctor Uli Schleicher says “the player complained about the usual symptoms and we immediately separated him from the group. A test then produced a positive result for the virus. All players in our squad must now stay at home for the next two weeks.”Hertha general manager Michael Preetz says “it was to be expected that the virus would reach the team sooner or later. The most important thing now is that everyone sticks to the rules.” The Latest: Hertha Berlin goes into quarantine for 14 days Coach Driton Kuka is among the group. None of them has been infected by the virus.Kosovo has had 16 coronavirus cases. All sports and other entertainment or cultural activities have been suspended in the country and schools, cafes, restaurants, gyms and pools have been closed.___9:55 a.m.The Diamond League has called off its first three track meets of the season. March 17, 2020 ___10:10 a.m.The Kosovo judo team has been self-isolating as it prepares for the Tokyo Olympics.Olympic champion Majlinda Kelmendi, four other judokas and five staff members have closed themselves in at a training center in Peja, 85 kilometers (50 miles) west of Pristina.Kelmendi is the first athlete from Kosovo to win an Olympic gold medal. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLONDON (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):___10:35 a.m. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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