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Why I think Topps Tiles is a decent reopening stock to buy now

first_img See all posts by Kevin Godbold Kevin Godbold | Wednesday, 31st March, 2021 | More on: TPT I’m also keen on this stock opportunity: 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. All shares are risky. However, my aim is to balance risk against potential reward with careful stock selection. And one theme that appeals to me right now is buying so-called reopening stocks.The appeal of reopening stocksThe concept is easy to understand. And it needs to be for me! I reckon some of the best strategies are face-slappingly obvious. And we don’t often get extra gains from our stocks just because a strategy is complex and hard to grasp.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…The idea is that some businesses have suffered because of the pandemic. And their profits and share prices have declined. Meanwhile, their locked-in customers are itching to get out and spend money again, leading to pent-up demand. As soon as lockdowns ease, out they’ll likely go to spend, spend, spend. And they’ll be using the cash they’ve been squirrelling away while being locked at home.The prospect of surging demand and depressed share prices could lead to stock outperformance. Or, it may not. Despite the attractions of reopening stocks, nothing is a sure thing when it comes to investing. However, that’s not going to stop me from trying. And I reckon one worth consideration is the UK’s “leading” tile specialist, Topps Tiles (LSE: TPT).The company released a first-half trading update today trumpeting “resilient performance against a challenging backdrop”. The report covers the 26-week period to 27 March. And revenue came in down by almost 2.5% year-on-year. However, there was like-for-like growth in retail sales of 2%.But that masks the underlying picture, because in the first 13 weeks of the period, retail sales grew by almost 20%. Yet the current lockdown reversed that progress. And retail revenue declined by just over 17% in the second quarter.Growth expected aheadMeanwhile, within the commercial sector, the company said some industries have been “significantly” affected by the pandemic. For example, restaurants, bars and leisure areas. And Topps Tiles saw its commercial sales decline in the first half by 10%. But the directors reckon the forward-looking indicators are “positive”. The company expects to make “good progress” in the second half as the economy begins to grind back into life.The directors expect a “sharp increase” in sales and a recovery in margins when trading restrictions lift in the middle of April. Part of their confidence is based on the company’s experience last year when the country came out of the first lockdown — customers returned in their droves. Chief executive Rob Parker said: “We have a strong balance sheet, are debt-free, and are well-positioned for growth this financial year.” The outlook for the business is positive. However, the stock market has already noticed and the valuation isn’t cheap here. With the share price just above 70p, the forward-looking earnings multiple is just under 15 for the trading year to September 2022. And the stock has already recovered to within a whisker of its pre-coronavirus level.Prior to that, the shares had been trending down since the summer of 2015 driven by a patchy record on earnings. Let’s not forget this business is cyclical with all the inherent risks that implies. Nevertheless, I’m tempted to buy and hold this reopening stock now for the long-term potential of the underlying business. 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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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free. Image source: Getty Images. Why I think Topps Tiles is a decent reopening stock to buy now Enter Your Email Address 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.last_img read more

Mt. Sinai Woman Killed in Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 78-year-old woman was killed when her vehicle crashed head-on with another in her hometown of Mount Sinai on Sunday afternoon.Suffolk County police said Marylou Pinto was driving a Kia eastbound on North Country Road when her vehicle crossed into the opposite lane of travel and collided with a westbound Lexus near Shore Road at 4 p.m.Pinto was taken to Mather Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The other driver, 68-year-old Patricia Vallary, also of Mt Sinai, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Stony Brook University Hospital.Sixth Squad detectives impounded both vehicles, are continuing the investigation and ask that anyone that witnessed this crash call them at 631-854-8652 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.  All calls will remain confidential.last_img read more

Football: Wisconsin rolls over Illinois for fourth consecutive win

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin football team won their fourth straight game Saturday afternoon after cruising past unranked University of Illinois en route to a 48-3 victory.The No. 7 Badgers unleashed the scoring attack early in the first quarter on the back of the Wisconsin rushing attack led by seniors Dare Ogunbowale and Corey Clement.The veteran running backs could not be stopped as they ran the Badger offense into the end zone on four straight drives giving Wisconsin a 28-3 lead in the opening minutes of the second quarter.Wisconsin continues to find athletic success in alumni hiresThere is something unique about the nature of Wisconsin athletics. It’s not the iconic “Jump Around” celebration after the third quarter Read…Clement and Ogunbowale would finish the game with 128 and 104 yards rushing respectively as key contributors in the Badgers’ 363-yard day on the ground.The one-two punch of Clement and Ogunbowale turned into a one-two, two-three punch with the emergence of sophomore back Bradrick Shaw, who gained 85 yards of his own Saturday.The Badgers headed into the locker room at halftime with a 31-3 lead behind the dominating rushing attack and suffocating Badger defense that has allowed just 11 touchdowns in their last 10 games.The third-ranked defense in points allowed prior to Saturday’s matchup was nothing short of dominant, holding Illinois to a single field goal and stopping the visitors on all nine of their third-down attempts.The Badger secondary shined in the defensive performance, hauling in three of the four Wisconsin interceptions including an incredible tip, kick, and catch between senior cornerback Sojourn Shelton and safety Leo Musso.“If there’s an assist category he definitely deserves that,” Musso said on Shelton’s acrobatic assist. “He just kinda kicked it up for me so it made my job pretty easy.”How Shelton managed to kick the ball into the arms of his fellow senior still remains unclear, but the veteran cornerback had a simple response.“Watching Ronaldo highlights man and playing a lot of FIFA” Shelton jokingly said.Aside from a dominating defensive performance, the Badger offense came to play netting 455 total yards and scoring on all eight of their trips in the red zone.“Our goal this week was to put together a complete game as a defense, special teams, and offense and I feel like we accomplished that pretty well,” junior outside linebacker T.J. Watt said following the victory.Tied for the top spot in the Big Ten West, this Wisconsin team is two games away from taking the division and securing a spot in the Big Ten Championship game. As the regular season comes to a close, post-season implications rise and outside pressure mounts.Football: Wisconsin climbs to No. 7 in latest College Football Playoff PollWith the second College Football Playoff Poll in the books, the University of Wisconsin football team’s pathway to the 2016 playoff is Read…“We’re honestly too focused in,” Watt said regarding buzz around the team. “We’re just scratching the surface still and I think that there’s so much more room for improvement and we’re just kinda blocking out what everyone’s saying about us and we’re just going to work.”A determined Wisconsin team heads to West Lafayette, Indiana, next weekend to take on the Purdue University Boilermakers before the Badgers return home for their final regular season matchup against border rival University of Minnesota.last_img read more