Will construction stocks see a share price revival in 2021?

first_imgThere are some concerns of a housing price crash in 2021. But if it did occur, it would probably only affect certain parts of the country. Signs of a housing shortage remain, so demand is likely to pick up again once normality resumes. However, Barratt relies on the government’s Help to Buy scheme for around 50% of its sales, and as we expect this to change in 2021, it could potentially affect sales.Yet some analysts are forecasting a big earnings rebound for the sector and the potential for dividends to be reinstated. Property website Rightmove has forecast a 4% rise in house prices for the coming year.Both these stocks look like they could make a 2021 recovery. I’m a little concerned that house prices will fall, but I still think demand should see these companies continue to make profits. I still think energy stocks are among the best shares to buy now, but I’d be tempted by these construction stocks nonetheless.  Kirsteen 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. 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! The Balfour Beatty share price is up nearly 16% in a year, but it’s seen great volatility over the past decade. It plans to restart divestments from its infrastructure investments portfolio in 2021, which should further boost its coffers. The £1.8bn company has a reasonable price-to-earnings ratio (P/E) of 14 and earnings per share (EPS) are 19p.Is a share price revival on the cards?British property developer Barratt Developments (LSE:BDEV) stock has suffered this year after cutting its dividend in response to the pandemic. The Barratt share price is down 19% year-to-date. Nevertheless, it’s up 67% since the March market crash low. Its sales increased markedly between July and October, and it’s hopeful of a share price revival in 2021. Barratt has a P/E of 15 and EPS are 39p. Will construction stocks see a share price revival in 2021? “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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. 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.center_img Traditionally the construction industry underpins the UK economy, enjoying a revival in fortunes when the country emerges from a recession. Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic have both weighed heavily on the sector in recent years. But hopes are high that 2021 will see a recovery across the board. The government has awarded colleges funding to improve skills and restarted construction training programs in recent months. It’s also expected to encourage a recruitment drive to help drive economic recovery. If so, this should all help boost a pleasant upturn in construction stocks.Balfour Beatty beats expectationsInfrastructure group Balfour Beatty (LSE: BBY) is one such company. And it’s had a better year than industry analysts were expecting. In response, it now plans to reinstate its dividend and will start a £50m share buyback program next month.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…With the UK’s HS2 rail project back on track, it’s helped boost its order book to end the year significantly higher. This contains orders worth around £17bn, which is a rise of nearly 19% year-on-year. Meanwhile, full-year guidance should fall in line with 2019’s £8.4bn and monthly net cash should be slightly ahead of previous guidance. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Kirsteen Mackay | Monday, 14th December, 2020 | More on: BBY BDEV Image source: Getty Images Enter Your Email Address 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. See all posts by Kirsteen Mackaylast_img read more

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Seven Charged Following Illegal Fireworks Crackdown Saturday

first_imgNYSP Bomb Detection Dog Conrad. Image by New York State Police.JAMESTOWN – Seven people were charged following an illegal fireworks crackdown this weekend.In response to several complaints from community members, the New York State Police and Jamestown Police Department conducted a joint Illegal Fireworks Interdiction detail on Saturday.Police said the detail was conducted from noon until 5 p.m. and resulted in the arrest of seven people for transporting Illegal Fireworks into New York.In addition, a large quantity of fireworks were seized. Of the seven people charged, four were City of Jamestown residents, two others were from Falconer and one was from out of the area. Police said they were all issued appearance tickets to appear in court at a later date.The fireworks have been secured by the NYSP Bomb Disposal Unit for destruction, police said. 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)last_img read more

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‘Flood Wall Street’ Protest Draws Thousands

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Thousands of Occupy Wall Street protestors, environmentalists and anti-climate change activists “flooded” Lower Manhattan Monday on the eve of a United Nations Climate Summit, among other reasons, to raise awareness about the devastating effects of global warming and its connection to corporate America.Demonstrators demanded justice for what they described as Wall Street’s profiteering and perpetuation of what they deem a severe “climate crisis.”Organizers hosted civil disobedience training sessions at Battery Park prior to marching on Wall Street, sharing codes and signs with each other so large groups could sit-in all at once, also dispersing pamphlets with the course’s route and legal representation information for those arrested.Speakers included a host of activists from across the globe, among them, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges.“No one will stop [Wall Street profiteers] but the people!” he boomed from “The People’s Microphone,” whereby others within earshot repeat the main speaker’s message so all can hear. “We are the people! This means revolution!”Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges (far left) joins other speakers at a Flood Wall Street rally in Battery Park prior to its march on Wall Street Sept. 22, 2014. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)The mass demonstration-turned-mass-sit-in, dubbed “Flood Wall Street,” which organizers anticipate will result in droves of arrests, settled in the middle of streets throughout the financial district.Wearing blue, carrying signs and singing a pre-practiced anti-capitalism song, the protestors halted traffic, climbed buses and telephone poles and overflowed police barricades while teams of news crews and journalists ran alongside them.Early on, the protestors deviated from a path cleared by police, instead zig-zagging through narrow roads cluttered with trapped taxis, tour buses and other vehicles.For the most part, it was a peaceful morning, as New York City police officers accommodated the flood of people, watching and even opening barricades for those who either wanted to enter or exit the sit-in.Protestors waved flags and toted huge signs that read “Flood Wall Street” and “Capitalism = Climate Chaos” as they marched, also hurling a giant, 15-foot high inflatable “Carbon Bubble”–which was eventually burst by police as the crowd rolled it atop a 300-foot unfurled banner.“People gonna rise with the water,” they sang. “We’re gonna calm this crisis down. I hear the voice of my great-granddaughter, singing ‘Shut down Wall Street now!’”Flood Wall Street protestors rally among the war memorials at Battery Park before marching on Wall Street Sept. 22, 2014. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)Thousands of Occupy Wall Street protestors, environmentalists and anti-climate change activists “flooded” Lower Manhattan Monday on the eve of a United Nations Climate Summit, among other reasons, to raise awareness about the devastating effects of global warming and its connection to corporate America.Demonstrators demanded justice for what they described as Wall Street’s profiteering and perpetuation of what they deem a severe “climate crisis.”Organizers hosted civil disobedience training sessions at Battery Park prior to marching on Wall Street, sharing codes and signs with each other so large groups could sit-in all at once, also dispersing pamphlets with the course’s route and legal representation information for those arrested.Speakers included a host of activists from across the globe, among them, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges.“No one will stop [Wall Street profiteers] but the people!” he boomed from “The People’s Microphone,” whereby others within earshot repeat the main speaker’s message so all can hear. “We are the people! This means revolution!”The mass demonstration-turned-mass-sit-in, dubbed “Flood Wall Street,” which organizers anticipate will result in droves of arrests, settled in the middle of streets throughout the financial district.Wearing blue, carrying signs and singing a pre-practiced anti-capitalism song, the protestors halted traffic, climbed buses and telephone poles and overflowed police barricades while teams of news crews and journalists ran alongside them.Early on, the protestors deviated from a path cleared by police, instead zig-zagging through narrow roads cluttered with trapped taxis, tour buses and other vehicles.For the most part, it was a peaceful morning, as New York City police officers accommodated the flood of people, watching and even opening barricades for those who either wanted to enter or exit the sit-in.Protestors waved flags and toted huge signs that read “Flood Wall Street” and “Capitalism = Climate Chaos” as they marched, also hurling a giant, 15-foot high inflatable “Carbon Bubble”–which was eventually burst by police as the crowd rolled it atop a 300-foot unfurled banner.“People gonna rise with the water,” they sang. “We’re gonna calm this crisis down. I hear the voice of my great-granddaughter, singing ‘Shut down Wall Street now!’”Flood Wall Street comes on the heels of the “People’s Climate March” Sunday, which drew more than 300,000 protestors into Upper Manhattan in anticipation to the climate summit.“The Earth is in crisis,” declared a jubilant “Magick,” from San Francisco, one of several hundred who plopped down in the middle of the street in front of Wall Street’s famous bull statue near the corner of Morris Street and Broadway. “We are all part of a cult of capitalism that’s taken over the planet.“Look how they barricaded us in,” she continued. “We’re prisoners right now trying to demonstrate with this Earth.“If we are connected with the Earth, we will all find a way to be resilient,” she added, before asking a police officer why she and the sea of other protestors were “barricaded in.”The sea of protestors will be heading to “flood” the New York Stock Exchange for the 4 p.m. closing bell.Flood Wall Street comes on the heels of the “People’s Climate March” Sunday, which drew more than 300,000 protestors into Upper Manhattan in anticipation to the climate summit.“The Earth is in crisis,” declared a jubilant “Magick,” from San Francisco, one of several hundred who plopped down in the middle of the street in front of Wall Street’s famous bull statue near the corner of Morris Street and Broadway. “We are all part of a cult of capitalism that’s taken over the planet.“Look how they barricaded us in,” she continued. “We’re prisoners right now trying to demonstrate with this Earth.“If we are connected with the Earth, we will all find a way to be resilient,” she added, before asking a police officer why she and the sea of other protestors were “barricaded in.”The sea of protestors will be heading to “flood” the New York Stock Exchange for the 4 p.m. closing bell.last_img read more

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Are credit union employees dying for a paycheck?

first_imgIn the credit union world, we’re people helping people, right? That idea makes a good mission statement, but it often seems like the generosity and goodwill apply only to the members and not the credit union employees. In April, our YMC “Level Up Book Club” read Jeffrey Pfeffer’s book Dying for a Paycheck.In this book, Pfeffer observes that the physical risks of working in dangerous places like coal mines, oil rigs, and chemical plants have been largely eliminated by the oversight of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).However, the stressful nature of the modern work environment isn’t subject to OSHA reporting or government regulation. It is simply accepted as the nature of the beast. Pfeffer maintains that today’s workers face unrelenting job demands that are characterized by unrealistic deadlines, insufficient resources, and an increasingly diminished distinction between work life and home life. Pfeffer points to a startling contrast in how companies are responding to increasing customer expectations of economic stewardship and corporate social responsibility. Too many organizations focus exclusively on customer demands and show little concern for the toll that working conditions take on employees who are forced to manage increased workloads with fewer resources.You don’t have to look very hard to find data that supports Pfeffer’s claims. Employee surveys identify stress as both the number one problem at work and the number one reason for seeking opportunities elsewhere. It’s estimated that the physical consequences of workplace stress cost the U.S. healthcare system as much as $200 billion per year. And the stress-related costs don’t stop there. U.S. employers lose more than $300 billion annually due to employee turnover and lost productivity.With a mantra of “people helping people,” it seems like credit unions would be immune to this trend. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. I know several credit union employees who spend the majority of evenings at their office, sometimes not leaving until after 9:00 PM. In fact, one small credit union ended up accepting a merger offer from a larger credit union due to the unsustainable workload of the CEO. Not only are credit unions losing good employees due to stress, but our industry is losing good credit unions because of it as well.Although we’re not technically a credit union, we have experienced the same struggle at YMC. We’ve grown substantially over the last few years. In an effort to be good stewards of the monthly retainers our clients pay us, we’ve operated very lean. Too lean. Over the past few years, we’ve taken steps to care for our team members, steps that include covering 100% of their health insurance and offering matching 401k opportunities. But even with those additions in place, we recently realized those benefits were only scratching the surface. After hearing “no” from a few extremely talented people we were trying to recruit, we knew we had to address our paid time off policy as well. In April, we announced that effective immediately we would almost double the amount of paid vacation time our team would receive. We made this move to encourage our team members to take time to recharge—not only so they can be fresh and ready to serve our clients better but for the sake of their own health as well.We need to examine just how deep our “people helping people” commitment goes. Are we people helping members, or do we go the extra mile to help all people, our own team members included? There comes a point where frugality and calculated business practices begin to undercut the social justices we wish to stamp out for our members. When the bottom line numbers become more important than our frontline team members, it’s time to make a change.Every change has to start somewhere. Where will you begin within your credit union? Which policy could you change today to show your team that you care as much about them as you do about your members? What impact could that change have on their lives and the lives of their family? What will the ROI be when your team members can recharge and consistently give you their best? Your answers to these questions will determine whether you create a credit union that only serves your members or a thriving financial institution that benefits your members, your team, and your entire community. 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bo McDonald Bo McDonald is president of Your Marketing Co. A marketing firm that started serving credit unions nearly a decade ago, offering a wide range of services including web design, branding, … Web: yourmarketing.co Detailslast_img read more

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Olympia Crime Stoppers Holiday Safety Tips

first_imgFacebook32Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Olympia Crime StoppersThe winter holiday season brings with it plenty of good cheer, gift shopping for family and friends and gatherings at homes and restaurants. Unfortunately it also brings out criminals who are looking for the opportunity to separate us from our valuables. Here are some suggestions of ways you can avoid becoming one of the victims.When you are Shopping:Always park in areas with good lighting and park close to the entrance of the store or mall if you can. Try to get someone to shop with you. There IS strength in numbers.Don’t flash large amounts of cash or offer tempting targets for theft such as expensive jewelry, electronic devices or clothing.Carry a purse or shoulder bag close to your body, not dangling by straps. Put a wallet in an inside pocket of your coat or front pants pocket.Don’t talk on a cell phone when walking between your vehicle and the store or the store and your vehicle. Keep your full attention on your surroundings and remember, the cell phone itself may be tempting for someone to steal.If you are ready to leave the mall and feel uneasy about entering the parking lot or garage by yourself, stay in the mall and ask for a security escort.Don’t electronically unlock your vehicle until you are within door opening distance. This helps stop a thief from getting into the car ahead of your arrival.Be sure to place packages and other valuables out of sight in your car or locked in the trunk. Thieves are less likely to break into your car if nothing of value is visible. And remember to always lock your vehicle!Do not open your car door to anyone in a parking lot or garage. If you believe you are in danger, call 911 immediately.When at Home:ALWAYS lock your car and residence, even if you are away for only a few moments.When you arrive home, don’t fumble for house keys. Have them in your hand, ready to use when you reach the door.Do NOT leave valuables – gifts, cell phones, GPS units, purse or clothing in open view in your car even in your own driveway. Take valuables with you, lock them in your trunk, or cover them in an unobtrusive way.Leave lights turned on both inside and outside your residence after dark. Criminals don’t like bright places. Likewise, you might want to close the curtains or blinds so your holiday tree, and all those gifts, are not visible from the outside.When you Travel:Many of us travel to Grandma’s house for the holiday. If you will be away from home for several days, make arrangements for someone to pick up your mail and newspapers. An overstuffed mailbox is a sure sign that no one is home, and burglars are tempted to check those envelopes for holiday gifts.Ask your neighbors to keep an eye on your home and offer to do the same for them when they travel out of town.These are only some of the ways you can protect yourself, your family and your valuables this holiday season.And a happy and safe season to you and yours!last_img read more

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