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£2k to invest? I’d buy FTSE 100 defensive dividend growth stock Tesco

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Enter Your Email Address Before the accounting scandal broke in 2014, Tesco (LSE: TSCO) was considered to be one of the FTSE 100’s top income stocks. It’s taken the firm five years to recover.However, it now looks as if the business is on track to earn this title once again. This dividend growth potential, coupled with the firm’s defensive nature, could make it the perfect pick for your portfolio in the current uncertain market environment.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…Dividend growthWhen Dave Lewis was parachuted into the CEO role at Tesco, the supermarket giant’s reputation was in tatters. The retailer had been ignoring the needs of its customers for years. On top of this, the accounting scandal had floored its reputation in the City, and a dividend cut had sent income investors running for the hills.Lewis set out with a plan to turn the business around. He wanted to cut prices, costs and improve efficiency. The then new-CEO set out a 4% operating margin target.Tesco’s turnaround has now run its course and, as promised, its margins have recovered. This is excellent news for income investors. Net income has jumped from £138m in 2016 to £1.3bn for 2019, allowing Tesco to reinstate its dividend.The payout was reintroduced at 3p per share in 2018. It was hiked 92% to 5.8p for fiscal 2019 and is set to grow further over the next two years. The City reckons the dividend could hit 9.3p per share in fiscal 2021. This suggests a dividend yield of 3.6% on the current share price.Special payoutAs well as its rising dividend, there’s also a chance Tesco could issue a special dividend when it completes the sale of its large Thai and Malaysian operations. It has been reported three Thai family conglomerates have expressed interest. They could be prepared to offer as much as $10bn, according to the City.It remains to be seen what Tesco does with this cash, if or when the company does sell. However, analysts are speculating management could either distribute the money with a special dividend or buy back stock.The funds received would be enough to push earnings per share higher by 10% if used for a buyback, which suggests the stock could rise 10% from current levels if Tesco takes this course of action.Growth potentialConsidering all of the above, the near term outlook for shares in Tesco looks favourable. The company’s long-term prospects are bright as well.Tesco is unlikely to be unseated from its position as the largest retailer in the country any time soon. What’s more, as the UK’s population and wealth continue to expand, the group’s revenues and profits should only head higher.As such, now could be an excellent time to snap up Tesco shares if you’re looking for a long-term dividend growth investment. Now that its recovery is complete, it seems there’s nothing that can hold back the retailer’s growth. Rupert Hargreaves | Monday, 24th February, 2020 | More on: TSCO £2k to invest? I’d buy FTSE 100 defensive dividend growth stock Tesco Rupert Hargreaves owns no share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Tesco. 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 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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Southport’s latest development is proving a popular drawcard with buyers

first_imgMatthew and Jodie Campbell have purchased a two-bedroom apartment at Rawcorp’s Fivechester Terrace.A SOUTHPORT project has proven popular with buyers, with 65 per cent of apartments now sold.First-home buyers Matthew and Jodie Campbell (pictured), who were drawn to the project from interstate, said Sydney apartments couldn’t match the value on offer at Fivechester Terrace. The six-level Fivechester Terrace comprises 26 open-plan apartmentsDr Campbell and his wife inspected numerous properties between Broadbeach and Southport before securing an apartment at Fivechester, being developed by Rawcorp. “The biggest selling point for us was the size of the apartments — they are up to 20 per cent larger than any of the other apartments that we viewed in the surrounding area, with a fabulous layout and a competitive price point that made the decision simple,” he said. Prices start at $481,000The couple purchased a two-bedroom apartment with views across the Broadwater.“We have purchased a brand new, spacious apartment overlooking the water in a premium CBD location,” Dr Campbell said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North8 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“In Sydney, we would not have been able to entertain the idea of purchasing a new apartment in the heart of the CBD for our first home — the value on offer is not even comparable.” center_img Property Fivechester Terrace, Southport, by developer Rawcorp.Dr Campbell said the Gold Coast represented “outstanding value for money” when compared to the southern states.“The location is also second to none. We both work at Griffith University and having easy access to public transport makes it so convenient to get to work,” he said. Marketing Projects director Kyia Maidens said there had been a noticeable increase in first-home buyer inquiry at the project since January, with the boosted First Home Owners’ Grant expiring on June 30. “The Government incentives help to make the dream of home ownership a reality for many first-home buyers,” she said. The six-level Fivechester Terrace comprises 26 open-plan apartments ranging between 100sq m and 220sq m. Prices start at $481,000. Resident facilities include a community space, gym and lounge.last_img read more

How the Angels’ 2019 starting rotation looks without Shohei Ohtani

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Jaime Barría pitched five scoreless innings against the Rangers, reaching double figures in victories with a 3.30 ERA over 22 starts as a 22-year-old rookie.Felix Peña gave up one earned run in seven innings against the Astros, lowering his ERA to 3.95 in his first 13 major league starts.Even Tyler Skaggs, who is on the disabled list with a groin issue, threw off a mound in Arizona, taking a step closer to his planned return for the final three weeks of the season. Skaggs had a 2.62 ERA through 19 starts before he tried to pitch around the injury in two bad starts.“I’m loving it,” Manager Mike Scioscia said of the rotation’s progress. “This is what your team has to do. You need that rotation to be the heartbeat of your club. We pitched terrific baseball in Houston and we came to Texas and pitched great. That has to be the core of your club. We missed it for three years, if you go back to the injuries that started in 2016.”Over the past three years, Garrett Richards, Nick Tropeano, Heaney, Skaggs and Shoemaker all missed significant chunks of multiple seasons. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Ohtani, who has missed more than half of 2018 and now all of 2019, is yet another name to add to that list, although he has yet to officially decide to have surgery.However, there are still pieces left to build a good starting rotation in 2019, even without Ohtani.“Hopefully between me, Shoe, Barría, Peña all being healthy, and hopefully Skaggs and Trope should be healthy, we have depth,” Heaney said. “I don’t think that’s ever been the issue. It’s just been maintaining it.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.If you’re looking for reasons to be optimistic that the remaining pitchers in the rotation will be healthier next season, this season provided some. Heaney, Barría and Skaggs have largely gotten through the season without any arm problems. Heaney missed the first two weeks with elbow inflammation, but it was so minor that he stopped throwing for only a few days.Shoemaker’s injury didn’t involve his shoulder or elbow. Although the split pronator tendon wasn’t diagnosed for nearly a year – until he underwent exploratory surgery – he said the surgery was ultimately an easy fix.Those four provide the building blocks for the 2019 rotation. Skaggs and Shoemaker are under control for two more years, Heaney for three and Barría for six.Tropeano is probably a notch below the others in terms of his performance and reliability because he’s had shoulder trouble. Shoulder injuries are typically tougher to overcome than elbow problems.Peña hasn’t quite pitched enough to be counted on as a major part of the 2019 rotation, but he’s certainly shown he can contribute. The Angels’ top two pitching prospects – Griffin Canning and José Suarez – also finished the season at Triple-A, indicating they figure to reach the majors sometime next year.Even with all of those names, the Angels would be smart to add, as even Heaney admits.“I think we’ve proven there’s no such thing as enough depth in our starting rotation,” he said.The Angels figure to go into the winter about $40 million under the luxury-tax threshold, allowing for room to shop for a free-agent starter. They also now have enough prospects in their improved farm system that they could consider trading for a starter.The free-agent pitchers at the top of the market would seem to be Dallas Keuchel, Patrick Corbin, Charlie Morton and J.A. Happ. Gio Gonzalez and Lance Lynn are coming off seasons that haven’t been up to their standards for performance, but both have been exceptionally durable.Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros center_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter CHICAGO — As if the baseball gods were playing a cruel joke on the Angels, they received devastating news about their 2019 rotation just as it was starting to come together.Shohei Ohtani, their most talented pitcher, is not going to be able to pitch next season, assuming he follows the recommendation to have Tommy John surgery. Their most talented starter came off the 2019 depth chart in a seven-day stretch that was otherwise filled with good news about the rotation’s future.Andrew Heaney pitched six scoreless innings against the Houston Astros and added another six against the Texas Rangers, running his streak to 26 consecutive starts without a missed assignment.Matt Shoemaker returned from five months on the disabled list to pitch five scoreless innings against the Rangers, further proving to him that the forearm issue that’s nagged him for two seasons is now solved. On the trade market, Madison Bumgarner and Zack Wheeler are the top potential one-season rentals. Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman each have two years to go.If the Angels want to go big and trade for a starter, they could even take a look at Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard or Michael Fulmer. Any of those would obviously cost a large chunk of the Angels’ newly rebuilt farm system.Between the pieces the Angels have left and what’s available on the market, there’s no reason to think they can’t assemble a quality rotation in 2019, even without Ohtani.And General Manager Billy Eppler has said often the Angels aren’t going to take a step back to rebuild, a point that he reiterated in the wake of the Ohtani news Wednesday.“We’re going to continue to invest in this club,” he said. “We’re going to continue to improve this club and watch the development of some young players emerging into the major leagues, be open-minded into the trade market and free-agent market and put together a contending team for next season. That’s our goal.”UP NEXTAngels (RHP Felix Peña, 1-4, 4.19) at White Sox (LHP Carlos Rodon, 6-4, 2.89), Friday, 5 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM) Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more