Could the BT share price make you rich?

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. Rupert Hargreaves | Sunday, 19th July, 2020 | More on: BT-A 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. The BT (LSE: BT.A) share price has plunged this year. Indeed, the stock is off nearly 50% since the beginning of 2020.Following this decline, the shares look cheap compared to their historical pricing. As such, some investors might be attracted to the business based on its valuation and potential to produce significant gains if the stock returns to previous levels. 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…However, while the BT share price might look cheap at current levels, there’s no guarantee the stock will make investors rich. The company continues to face some significant headwinds, and it’s unlikely these problems will dissipate any time soon. BT share price problemsThe most significant headwind to the company’s growth in the long term may be its high debt levels. BT has some of the highest levels of borrowing of any FTSE 100 company. That’s excluding the organisation’s massive pension deficit which, at over £5bn, is bigger than some FTSE 100 businesses. These obligations have weighed on the BT share price for some time. The company is having to spend hundreds of millions of pounds every year on interest costs. It’s also having to deposit more money into pension schemes and close the funding gap. This means the funds cannot be invested back into the business to improve growth. One impact of this is declining profitability. Over the past six years, the group’s profits have decreased. In its last financial year, the company reported a net income of £1.7bn, down from £2.1bn in 2015. If this trend continues, the BT share price may struggle to return to historical levels. The company has also had to reduce its shareholder dividend. Management has hinted that the group will look to increase the payout in future, but there’s no guarantee of this. If net profit continues to decline, BT may be forced to spend this money on other projects. Undervalued Despite all of the above, the BT share price looks cheap at current levels, based on fundamentals. The stock is trading at a forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of just 5.8. That’s compared to its historical average of around nine. These numbers indicate the shares offer a margin of safety at current levels. Therefore, they could produce attractive returns for investors in the years ahead. However, earnings are falling and pressure is building on the company to invest more in its operations. So there’s no guarantee BT’s valuation will ever return to normal levels. As such, it seems unlikely the stock will produce significant returns for investors. While the organisation looks undervalued, the BT share price continues to face some significant headwinds, which the company needs to deal with before it can return to growth.There’s no guarantee the business will ever be able to deal with these problems, and that could mean the stock continues to languish for the foreseeable future.  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! 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. Image source: Getty Images. center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Could the BT share price make you rich? Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Rupert Hargreaves has no position in any of the shares 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. See all posts by Rupert Hargreaveslast_img read more

Geochemical fingerprints of glacially eroded bedrock from West Antarctica: detrital thermochronology, radiogenic isotope systematics and trace element geochemistry in Late Holocene glacial-marine sediments

first_imgGeochemical provenance studies of glacial-marine sediments provide a powerful approach to describe subglacial geology, sediment transport pathways, and past ice sheet dynamics. The marine-based West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) is considered highly vulnerable to ocean warming and sea level rise that is likely to cause its rapid and irreversible retreat. Studies of its past response to climate change are hence essential for projecting its future behaviour. The application of radiogenic and trace element provenance studies for past ice sheet reconstructions requires surveying the geographic variability of geochemical compositions of glaciomarine sediments. In this study, we characterize the provenance of the detrital fraction of 67 Late Holocene marine sediment samples collected off the Pacific margin of West Antarctica (60°W to 160°W), including 40Ar/39Ar ages of individual hornblende and biotite grains (>150 μm), as well as Sr and Nd isotope and trace element composition of the fine-grained (<63 μm) sediment fraction. Overall, this approach allows differentiating West Antarctica into five source regions: the Antarctic Peninsula, Bellingshausen Sea, Amundsen Sea, Wrigley Gulf-Hobbs Coast and Sulzberger Bay. Minor geochemical variability is found within each individual sector due to local variability in onland geology. 40Ar/39Ar ages of iceberg-rafted hornblende and biotite grains record primarily Carboniferous to Lates Quaternary ages (~0 to 380 Ma), with a notable age peak of ~100 Ma, associated with plutonic intrusions or deformation events during the mid-Cretaceous. Permian-Jurassic 40Ar/39Ar ages are widespread in the Amundsen Sea sector, marking episodes of large-volume magmatism along the long-lived continental margin. Metasedimentary rocks and Late Cenozoic alkali basalts in West Antarctica cannot be detected using detrital hornblende and biotite 40Ar/39Ar ages due to the absence or small grain-size (i.e. <150 μm) of these minerals in such rocks. These sources can however be readily recognized by their fine-grained geochemical composition. In addition, geographic trends in the provenance from proximal to distal sites provide insights into major sediment transport pathways. While the transport of fine-grained detritus follows bathymetric cross-shelf troughs, the distribution of iceberg-rafted grains shows influence by transport in the Antarctic Coastal Current. Our study provides the first systematic geochemical characterisation of sediment provenance off West Antarctica, and highlights the importance of combining multiple provenance approaches in different size fractions of glacial-marine sediments, and paves the way to investigate past WAIS dynamics.last_img read more

Motorcycle Fatalities On The Rise In New York State

first_imgCropped Chris Yarzab / CC BY 2.0 ALBANY — Deaths from motorcycle crashes are up more than 17 percent compared to last year, according to the Institute For Traffic Safety Management and Research.At this time last year, state officials tracked and reported 73 motorcycle-related deaths, compared to 86 thus far this year.Motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to die in a crash than people in passenger cars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which also reports that despite representing only 3 percent of all registered motor vehicles, motorcyclists account for 14 percent of all traffic-related fatalities nationwide.Governor Andrew M. Cuomo warned of a spike in motorcycle fatalities as reported by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and urged drivers and motorcyclists to use caution as the busy holiday travel begins. According to the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research at the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College, preliminary data shows that as of August 15, 2020, deaths from motorcycle crashes are up more than 17 percent compared to the same period in 2019. “Danger does not take a holiday and with increased traffic on the road this Labor Day weekend, we all have a responsibility to exercise good judgment and caution,” Cuomo said. “New York State will continue to crack down on dangerous driving behavior because the safety of all drivers and passengers will always be a top priority for us.”Mark J.F. Schroeder, DMV Commissioner and Chair of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, said, “The motorcycle riding season is winding down and with nice weather predicted for this long holiday weekend, we expect more traffic and more riders on the roads, so I am urging everyone to be responsible, pay attention, and slow down. We all play a part in keeping one another safe on our roads and it is up to every driver and rider to stop this alarming trend in motorcycle fatalities from continuing.”Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),I agree I had four people pull out in front of me this season which is due to lazy driving on their part. That’s why I drive my bike like everyone is out to get me.,Assholes need to get off the phone/texting while they are driving there cars and pay attention to there driving,Every other vehicle are on there phones !!,That’s why on both are cycles i have a flashing head lights . I will not ride without just this weekend on my ride to keuka two cars move over when i was ridinglast_img read more

Writer missed facts on Proctors features

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Mary Carol Hart’s March 20 letter [“Glove Theatre should avoid Proctors’ path”] offers an opportunity for fact checking and response. Proctors is proud to continue to have shops open to the public all week on the main floor. Once there was a small lunch deli, but that was replaced by the larger Apostrophe Cafe, which is open 70 hours a week. Hermie’s Music anchors the arcade’s Stratton Plaza entrance and we have two iterations of the Gift Centre at Proctors, both run by a loyal group of volunteers, as has been the case for 30 years. There are also lobby entrances for Key Hall at Proctors and the Parker Inn, as well the snack bar, which is open for Main Stage performances. Regarding our State Street marquee, it’s not original to 1926, but was installed in 1983 to replicate the original, replacing an outdated and deteriorated Art Deco marquee from the 1940s. It was repaired and repainted in 2014, and the signboards were updated to digital displays. But we did not change the marquee in any other way. As to the GE Theatre, it’s described in the industry as a “black box,” and is intended to be quite different than the lush Main Stage. It’s designed for different kinds of uses and programs, including moving the seating to have a large flat-floor for events. Finally, we, too, wish the Glove Theatre nothing but success for its marquee and continuing operations.Philip Morris SchenectadyThe writer is CEO of Proctors, Capital Repertory Theatre and Universal Preservation Hall.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Evacuation Emergency Training Drill to Impact Thurston County Facilities

first_imgFacebook18Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Board of County CommissionersAll Thurston County offices and departments will briefly close on Thursday, August 15, at 1:15 p.m. for an evacuation emergency training drill. County employees will be asked to evacuate the buildings during the drill. The drills are expected to last 15-20 minutes. During the drill, courthouse visitors will be given an explanation of what is happening, and the choice to wait in gathering areas or in their vehicles until the drill is over.What: Evacuation Emergency Training DrillWhere: All Thurston County FacilitiesWhen: Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 1:15 p.m.Duration: 15-20 minutes“These drills are an important part of our service to the public,” said County Manager Ramiro Chavez.  “When we need to evacuate the buildings quickly and safely, it is important we get it right. To do this, we must practice our reaction to ensure everyone knows where to exit and where to go to be at a safe distance from the buildings.”County staff will be located both inside and outside the buildings to assist the public during the drills.Featured photo credit: Diane Waistelast_img read more

NZ vs IND 1st T20 Review: KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer bring the thunder…

first_imgImage Courtesy: BCCIAdvertisement uowNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4dWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eadmd( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) lWould you ever consider trying this?😱3s4by2Can your students do this? 🌚1l2gdeRoller skating! Powered by Firework Team India has swiftly emerged victorious in the first game of the 5-match T20 series against New Zealand today. Two destructive knocks from KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer saw Virat Kohli and his squad chase down the target comfortably with 6 wickets remaining at the Eden Park Stadium.Advertisement Image Courtesy: BCCIWinning the toss, captain Kohli elected to field first, as the Black Caps made an impressive total of 203 for 5 wickets in the first innings. However, a confident Team India, who showcased brilliant performance in the recent 2-1 ODI series win over Australia, reached the target score by the 19th over.New Zealand opener Colin Munro started off with a blazing 59-off-42, with six fours and two sixes, until Shardul Thakur got his wicket in the 12th over. His partner Martin Guptill was dismissed on 30 by Shivam Dube, the talented all rounder from Mumbai who made his internal debut against Bangladesh back in November.Advertisement The skipper Kane Williamson put up a stormy 51 runs from 26 balls, including four boundaries and equal number of over boundaries, but fell victim to Yuzvendra Chahal. The Kiwis’ veteran Batsman Ross Taylor finished off with a stormy 27-ball-54 with 3 fours and 3 sixes. Jadeja and Bumrah both secured one wicket each.While the Men in Blues’s superstar opener Rohit Sharma disappointed, losing his wicket to Mitchell Santner on just 7 runs, it was KL Rahul who sped up India’s chase. The newfound wicket keeper put up a swashbuckling score of 56 from 27 balls, thanks to four boundaries and three over boundaries.Advertisement Coming in after Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli fell short of just 5 runs from his 25th T20I half century. However, it was Shreyas Iyer, who went destructive against the New Zealand bowling squad, keeping his strike with 58 runs from 29 balls, with five fours and three sixes. This was the second T20I 50 for the 25 year old. Manish Pandey provided the finishing touches as India secured the win with 6 balls left.The Indian origin Kiwi spinner Ish Sodhi secured two wickets. The Ludhiana-born New Zealand international picked up the wickets of KL Rahul and Shivam Dube.The second T20 match is on this Sunday at the Eden Park Stadium.Also read-What KL Rahul did with his MOTM cash prize will melt your hearts! Advertisementlast_img read more

Woman airlifted to hospital after fall at Malin Head

first_imgA successful rescue operation took place this Friday afternoon to help a woman who fell while walking near Banba’s Crown at Malin Head.The casualty was airlifted to hospital after suffering a suspected broken ankle.The rescue was co-ordinated by Malin Head Coast Guard, who received a call from a member of the public at 12.30pm. The Rescue 118 helicopter was tasked to transfer the woman to Letterkenny University Hospital, with assistance from the Greencastle Coast Guard.Woman airlifted to hospital after fall at Malin Head was last modified: August 2nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Drake inspires Stephen Curry ‘game-worn lint’ auctions on eBay

first_imgOf all Drake’s sideline antics from Game 1 of the NBA Finals, none were more disturbing than when the rapper was seen plucking something out of Stephen Curry’s hair Thursday night.It turns out Drake struck gold when he pulled some lint off the Warriors star’s head. He later playfully suggested he would make a profit off Curry’s lint.last_img

Inflation Claim Crumbles into Dust

first_imgThe much-hyped proof of cosmic inflation a few months ago has been discredited, revealing more about how science is done in the media age than about reality.Back in March (3/17/14), champagne was served in the home of Andrei Linde after young scientists brought him proof of cosmic inflation.  A strong polarization signal “consistent” with inflation was declared by the BICEP2 team in Antarctica after their analysis of data from the cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation.  News reporters went wild with the “biggest cosmological discovery in decades.”  There was talk of a Nobel Prize for the three gurus of inflation (Guth, Linde, and Starobinsky), and indeed, those three shared the $1 million Kavli Prize shortly afterward.  (See “Inflation Concocted to Avoid a Young, Perfect Universe,” 7/01/14).By May and June, some reporters were backpedaling, taking a “wait and see” attitude, as data from the ESA’s Planck mission, forthcoming in fall, might bridle the enthusiasm.  Those were the wise reporters.  Newly-announced Planck results show a strong likelihood that BICEP2 was flexing its own weakness.  The signal, it turns out, was most likely due to dust in our local galaxy.  Adrian Cho writes for Science Magazine:A crumbling claim that appeared to reveal the workings of the big bang may instead say more about how science is done in an age of incessant news coverage. In March, researchers working with a specialized telescope at the South Pole, known as BICEP2, claimed that by studying the afterglow of the big bang—the so-called cosmic microwave background—they had discovered direct evidence that the newborn cosmos had undergone a bizarre exponential growth spurt known as cosmic inflation. Now, researchers from the European Space Agency’s Planck spacecraft have shown that radiation from dust in our galaxy accounts for some, and possibly all, of the BICEP signal. Curiously, the BICEP and Planck teams took very different tacks in publicizing their results. The BICEP team held a press conference and issued a bold press release. The Planck team did not—because they did not want the press to jump to the conclusion that they had definitively proved the BICEP result wrong.The remaining uncertainty may allow the BICEP team to adopt its own “wait and see” attitude and still hold out hope.  Michael Slezak at New Scientist is not so charitable, putting the worst possible spin on the Planck results:Inflation is dead, long live inflation! The very results hailed this year as demonstrating a consequence of inflationary models of the universe – and therefore pointing to the existence of multiverses – now seem to do the exact opposite. If the results can be trusted at all, they now suggest inflation is wrong, raising the possibility of cyclic universes that existed before the big bang.The proof of inflation has become proof of non-inflation?  That’s what David Parkinson of the University of Queensland is now claiming from his own analysis of the results.  Slezak reports:  “Counter to what the BICEP2 collaboration said initially, Parkinson’s analysis suggests the BICEP2 results actually rule out any reasonable form of inflationary theory.”  But there are several inflationary models.  How many of them have been ruled out?  “Most of them, to be honest,” replied Parkinson.The smart money is now betting on the Planck bandwagon, leaving BICEP in the dust.  As if it couldn’t get worse for the inflation bandwagon, Slezak brings in another hostile witness:Paul Steinhardt of Princeton University, who helped develop inflationary theory but is now scathing of it, says this is potentially a blow for the theory, but that it pales in significance with inflation’s other problems.Steinhardt says that the models are oversimplified, for one thing, and for another, once inflation starts, they can’t stop it.  It breaks up into an infinite number of universes, where anything and everything can happen.  So instead of providing understanding to science, it “predicts everything”—anything that is conceivable happens somewhere.  Isn’t that a strength, rather than a weakness?  No, Steinhardt explains:Steinhardt says the point of inflation was to explain a remarkably simple universe. “So the last thing in the world you should be doing is introducing a multiverse of possibilities to explain such a simple thing,” he says. “I think it’s telling us in the clearest possible terms that we should be able to understand this and when we understand it it’s going to come in a model that is extremely simple and compelling. And we thought inflation was it – but it isn’t.”It hardly seems desirable, therefore, for the BICEP2 to cling to any remaining hope that further refinements of the Planck results will support inflation.  Who would want a theory that does the opposite of what science is supposed to do?We’re wondering why Guth & Linde didn’t get the Ig Nobel Prize.  Has there ever been a crazier idea than inflation put forth in the name of science?  Actually, yes; New Scientist reminds us of Hugh Everett, a sophomoric (wise fool) atheist who misused his God-given brain power to suppose that every quantum choice spins off another universe (the “many-worlds” interpretation of quantum mechanics).  That’s another example of what we shall call the Guth Goof: concocting a solution to a problem that makes the problem infinitely worse.  Read again how Alan Guth (Grand Unified Theory Huckster) ran from the light of a perfect, young universe into the darkness of his own imagination (7/01/14; read also 5/17/14 to see he’s not alone). 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Geocaching Employee Spotlight: Tom, Veep of Marketing & Merch

first_imgThis is part of a series of blog posts shining a spotlight on the people of Geocaching HQ. We hope to show you the “geo-who” behind the “geo-what”. 🙂What is your name?Tom PhillipsTom skiingYeah, but what’s your Username?VIATRUHow did you come up with your username?When I first moved to Seattle back in 2000, I worked on a wonderful start up business called World2market. We used the internet to create a global marketplace for third world artisans. It was an amazing project and along the way we considered other company names. One was VIATRU.What is your job title?I am the VP of Marketing and Merchandise here at Geocaching HQTom and one of Geocaching’s little buddies – StumpyWhat does your job title actually mean? In other words, how do you explain what you do to someone that has no idea what you do?I am very privileged to have the opportunity to serve the geocaching community in two ways. 1) I work with our merchandise team to make sure geocachers around the world can find the physical products they need to create, share and enjoy the game of geocaching. 2) I work with our marketing team to make sure the geocaching community stays connected and informed with what’s going on both here at HQ and around the world.Tom (upper right) with come of the Geocaching HQ crew on a team outingTell us about your geocaching style (exotic locations / quality over quantity)?I am definitely an explorer when it comes to Geocaching. I love geocaches that take me somewhere new or challenge me with a new experience. Geocaching has taken me into caves, up trees and into the woods in the middle of the night. I love this stuff!! What’s something that surprises you about geocaching – whether it’s the game itself, working at headquarters, or anything else?From the day I was first introduced to geocaching back in 2004, I have been both inspired and amazed by the enthusiasm, support, creativity and endless imagination of geocachers around the world.Treasure TrackersWhat’s the best piece of geocaching advice or information you ever learned?Three simple words, “Let’s go Geocaching”. I said yes and 12 years later I’m still having a blast!!!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocaching HQ Employee Spotlight: Senior Software Developer, Dave (Wilson)May 8, 2016In “Community”Geocaching Employee Spotlight: Product Owner & Avid Geocacher, Ben HewittMarch 13, 2016In “Community”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 18): Geocaching Map/Search, Adventure Lab app, plus nostalgia!December 20, 2018In “Community”last_img read more