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first_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Jabran Khan | Wednesday, 16th June, 2021 | More on: DGE HIK One FTSE “Snowball Stock” With Runaway Revenues See all posts by Jabran Khan Jabran Khan has no position in any shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Diageo and Hikma Pharmaceuticals. 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. 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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. The FTSE 100 index is up 14% over the past 12 months. I believe this is a reflection of the UK economy bouncing back. With that recovery in mind, I’m thinking about how I would invest £2,000 in my portfolio. Here are two picks from my list of best stocks to buy now.Best stocks to buy now, pick #1Hikma Pharmaceuticals (LSE:HIK) manufactures generic, branded and injectable pharmaceuticals. In the past three months, the Hikma share price has increased over 13%, from 2,225p per share in March to 2,515p as I write. I believe this rise is due to favourable results as well as increased demand for Covid-19 medication.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…Hikma’s full-year results for 2020 were impressive. It reported a 23% increase in operating profit, and revenue increased too. Hikma believes it will continue this trend in 2021 too. A trading update released at the end of April for the start of 2021 backed up this prediction. Although it did not provide specific financials, the FTSE 100 incumbent did confirm the launch of 30 new products and said results were “in line with expectations”.Most of the stocks on my best stocks to buy now list pay a dividend. Hikma’s current dividend yield stands at just less than 2% but more importantly for me, its 2020 dividend of 50 cents per share was an increase of 14% based on 2019 levels.Hikma’s primary risk for me is its potential for lawsuits. Its business model relies heavily on manufacturing other firms’ treatments at a fraction of the cost. Unfortunately there are already examples of lawsuits against it. Overall I do believe Hikma is well placed to benefit from the demand for affordable healthcare growing across the world. Based on its size and financials, it is in a position to invest heavily into research and development as well as marketing. Despite its challenges, I would buy Hikma shares for my portfolio with some of the £2,000 mentioned.Best stocks to buy now, pick #2Diageo (LSE:DGE) is an international spirits maker and brewer. When the market crashed last year, Diageo would have been a great buy as its share price has increased more than 40% since. As I write, Diageo shares are trading for 3,499p compared to March 2020’s market crash bottom of 2,427p.I would still add Diageo to my portfolio, despite the fact it is expensive, trading at nearly 30 times forward earnings. This is because it is one of the top performing FTSE 100 stocks. Furthermore, pent up demand has seen sales increase throughout the world as people finally return to pubs, bars, and restaurants. I expect this upward trend to continue on all fronts. Due to its recovery, Diageo management plans to return over £4.5bn in capital to shareholders. Diageo’s management also improved its profit forecast for 2021, which is a cause for optimism. Organic profit is forecasted to grow by at least 14% in the year ending June 30.Diageo does have its risks. Firstly, further Covid-19 variants could affect sales. Secondly, it has quite high debt levels. Net debt was equivalent to 3.4 times cash profits at the end of December 2020. If interests rates rise, this could become unsustainable. Overall, Diageo remains on my best stocks to buy now list and I would buy shares in this FTSE 100 stalwart with some of that £2,000. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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. Best stocks to buy now: how I’d invest £2K in the FTSE 100last_img read more

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Tracking Home Flipping Across the Nation Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tracking Home Flipping Across the Nation Sign up for DS News Daily September 19, 2019 1,885 Views Related Articles  Print This Post Share Save Tagged with: Home Flipping Investment ROI Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. The volume of single-family homes and condos flipped during Q2 2019 was up 12.4% from the prior quarter, but down 5.2% from a year ago, according to ATTOM Data Solutions. Homes flipped during the quarter represented 5.9% of all home sales during the quarter, which is down from the post-recession high of 7.2% in Q1 2019.Additionally, homes flipped in Q2 2019 generated a gross profit of $62,700—a 2% increase from the previous quarter and 2% below last year’s numbers. The gross profit from the homes flipped in Q2 2019 is a 39.9% ROI compared to the price it was purchased for, which is a sight decline from the ROI of 40.9% from the prior quarter. ATTOM states returns on homes flipped have dropped six-consecutive quarters and eight out of the last 10. Returns currently stand at the lowest level since Q4 2011.“Home flipping keeps getting less and less profitable, which is another marker that the post-recession housing boom is softening or may be coming to an end,” said Todd Teta, Chief Product Officer at ATTOM Data Solutions. “Flipping houses is still a good business to be in and profits are healthy in most parts of the country. But push-and-pull forces in the housing market appear to be working less and less in investors’ favor. That’s leading to declining profits and a business that is nowhere near as good as it was a few years ago.”Although the home-flipping rate fell nationally from last year, several markets posted big gains in the share of homes flipped. Raleigh, North Carolina, led the nation with a 72% increase in home flipping, followed by fellow Tarheel State market Charlotte, which saw a 54% increase. Atlanta, Georgia, posted a 46% increase, San Antonio, Texas, saw home flipping jump 46%, and Tucson, Arizona, recorded a 43% hike.  Investors are thriving in Scranton, Pennsylvania, as it leads the nation in gross ROI at 134%. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has gross ROIs of 132.5%, and is followed by Reading, Pennsylvania (129.3%); Kingsport, Tennessee (104.1%); and Augusta, Georgia (101.1%). ATTOM states it took an average of 184 days to complete a flip in Q2 2019, which is a slight increase from 180 days the prior quarter and 183 days last year.  The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Mike Albanese The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home Flipping Investment ROI 2019-09-19 Mike Albanese Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Investment, News, REO, Secondary Market Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Industry Reacts: Fed Cuts Rates Again Next: Knox Capital Invests in a360inclast_img read more