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Image source: Getty Images Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Here’s how I buy penny stocks The high-calibre small-cap stock flying under the City’s radar Paul Summers | Sunday, 30th May, 2021 | More on: ECK TLY Adventurous investors like you won’t want to miss out on what could be a truly astonishing opportunity…You see, over the past three years, this AIM-listed company has been quietly powering ahead… rewarding its shareholders with generous share price growth thanks to a carefully orchestrated ‘buy and build’ strategy.And with a first-class management team at the helm, a proven, well-executed business model, plus market-leading positions in high-margin, niche products… our analysts believe there’s still plenty more potential growth in the pipeline.Here’s your chance to discover exactly what has got our Motley Fool UK investment team all hot-under-the-collar about this tiny £350+ million enterprise… inside a specially prepared free investment report.But here’s the really exciting part… right now, we believe many UK investors have quite simply never heard of this company before! Paul Summers owns shares in Liontrust UK Micro-Cap Fund and Marlborough UK Micro-Cap Growth. 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. Penny stocks are the Wild West of investing. For every company that goes on to multi-bag in value, there are many more that either go nowhere or fail completely. As a result, I only have a portion of my money invested in this part of the market. Here, however, are some of the things I’m looking for.Penny stocks: What’s on my radarPerhaps the most important is the company’s financial position. A penny stock that’s already swimming in debt is one to avoid, unless it has significant assets to offset this. A struggling firm will usually need to tap its owners for more cash by offering shares on the cheap. By contrast, a company with net cash on its balance sheet should have the firepower to weather a few inevitable storms.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…A second thing I look for is a reason (or reasons) why the shares might be ready to rise in value. As much as I invest for the long term, I don’t want to be in a stock that has little chance of growing revenue and profits. The opportunity cost of not investing elsewhere is simply too great. I therefore take a look at recent announcements to gauge whether it could be about to sprint ahead of the competition. Third, I look for evidence of volume. In other words, I need to see that the shares are changing hands (aka liquidity). Should this be the case, I can be more confident of being able to sell my holding when I want/need to. A lack of interest in certain penny stocks could make it difficult to shift them for the price I want. Another thing I look for is the number of shares owned by directors. If someone helping to manage the firm isn’t confident enough to invest their own money, why should I? Having a healthy slab of shares sends a message to would-be buyers that their interests are aligned with shareholders.A final, more general point I consider when selecting penny stocks is to look across the entire market. Focusing on one sector, such as mining or biotech, is just too dangerous. An alternative strategyAn alternative to buying individual high-risk, high-reward penny stocks is to buy a fund specialising in this part of the market. Sure, not every holding will actually have shares trading for pennies rather than pounds, but this isn’t the point. The objective here is to diversify risk through buying a basket of stocks. The eventual return might not be as great but investing this way does allow me to sleep at night. Positively, there’s no shortage of active funds to select from. Like penny stocks however, the performance varies wildly. This is why it’s important to scrutinise the track records of those managing investors’ money. We’re talking evidence of consistent returns over five years or more here, not one or two months.I currently have a number of such funds in my portfolio. These include the Liontrust UK Micro-Cap Fund and the Marlborough UK Micro-Cap Growth. Penny stocks in the former include Totally and Eckoh. The latter includes companies like Jubilee Metals.Although there’s no guarantee that returns to date will continue, I’m content to keep my money invested here for the long term. 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 Paul Summers Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy of this special investment report — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top Small-Cap Stock… free of charge! Enter Your Email Address
Senior members of the Ocean City High football squad pose for a group photo following their last game together at Carey Stadium, a 35-0 rout of Washington Township. By Tim KellyIt was the Brandon Lashley Show.Ocean City High School’s 35-0 defeat of Washington Township on Thursday night was a team effort on both sides of the ball and special teams, but Lashley’s individual effort stood out. All the senior wide receiver-safety did was set two school records, grab three touchdown passes of 40, 24, and 12 yards, and on defense pick off Minutemen quarterback Roger Baldacci twice.One of the picks was three yards deep in the end zone and Lashley took it to the house. The 103-yard interception return was the longest in OC’s long grid history, and his three TDs gave him 13 for the season, another record. “The blocking was there all night,” said Lashley, a 6-foot, 170-pound senior. “When I was running down the sideline, all I could hear was Coach (Kevin) Smith yelling ‘Build the wall!’ and the blockers were there for me.”Ocean City (4-5) got off to a fast start and dominated Washington Township in a consolation game of the NJSIAA playoffs in the last home game of the season. They could finish with a .500 record with a win on Thanksgiving at Pleasantville, but Friday night was all about getting back on the winning side of the ledger. After winning their first three games, the Raiders dropped five straight, most in close, excruciating fashion. Four of those games could have gone the other way, and the Raiders made Washington Township (3-6) pay.Behind great blocking, Ocean City quarterback Ian Aungst lofts a pass against Washington Township. On their second possession, quarterback Ian Aungst, who came into the game looking to pad his own single-season passing yardage record of 1,633 yards, hooked up with a wide open Lashley on a deep post pattern. Kicker Henry Souto booted the first of his five extra points following the 40-yard TD. “We’ve scored first in the last four games,” Smith said, “and tonight we were able to get over the hump and finish the job.” The OC defense, which posted its second shutout of the season, got the ball back quickly with consecutive sacks of Baldacci by Michael Rhodes and Will Drain, forcing a punt that Lashley returned to the Township eight. Two plays later, it was 14-0 on a Kevin King four-yard plunge and Souto conversion. The Raiders got the ball back on the ensuing kickoff when Travis Stoerrie forced the first of three Washington Township lost fumbles, recovered by Jake Schneider at the Minutemen 24.On first down, Aungst lofted a pass for the right corner of the end zone, which Lashley snagged for a 21-0 first quarter lead. “I saw that I was taller than (the defender) and I trusted Ian to get the ball to me,” Lashley said. The Red Raiders stand at attention for the National Anthem, prior to their big win Thursday night against Washington Township.It only got worse for Township, a Gloucester County school representing the West Jersey Football League’s tough Royal division. The Minutemen seemed to finally get their offense on track, putting three first downs together in advancing the ball from their own 40 down to the Ocean City 20.However, on a fourth down play from there, Baldacci looked for Brendan Leone in the end zone, where Lashley made his interception and 103-yard return.It was just the crowning highlight of a defensive effort that limited Township to 62 yards rushing and constantly pressured Baldacci.“We have a drill where we practice (interception returns),” said Smith. “As coaches, we get excited when we see the kids apply in a game what we spend time practicing on.”Among the many great blocks on the return was a cruncher by Austin Green to help spring Lashley.OC’s final TD came on a textbook 70-yard, 15-play drive highlighted by a 20-yard Aungst-to-Schneider hookup and capped by – What else? – a scoring pass to Lashley.“We like to spread the field on offense, because we don’t have a lot of size,” said Smith. “And we like to make (the opposition) defend the whole width of the field.”That was certainly the case Thursday night. Smith credited the offensive line of center Chris Armstrong, guards Zac Clark and Jack Baker and tackles Jackson Young and Dan Auberzinsky.“When Ian has time to throw, and we gave up no sacks tonight, we can be a very good offense,” said Smith.
Facebook35Tweet0Pin0Submitted by YMCA of Olympia Three Girls Media CEO, Erika Taylor Montgomery.According to the Shriver Report, two out of three households depend on the wages of working moms. However, childcare is expensive and can be hard to find for some women. Many workers have limited or no sick or maternity leave. Some women use restroom stalls to breastfeed their infants. The facts are sobering, but some businesses are stepping in and stepping up to remove these barriers and create family-friendly workplaces that support and empower women and families.Three Girls Media works hard to create an environment that supports working parents, which is why it was selected as the 2014 YWCA of Olympia Business of Achievement. Three Girls Media is an award-winning boutique Public Relations & Social Media Management Agency located in Olympia, WA. The firm works with clients worldwide to help them raise their brand awareness and name recognition through both traditional and digital public relations tactics. “This business is very empowering for women! Noteworthy benefits include extremely flexible schedules, family leave, telecommuting, and even Costco memberships.”“The business doesn’t just talk about families being first…they live it! Whether that means office dogs barking occasionally or kids at staff meetings, each member of the team is encouraged to make whatever scheduling allowances are needed to ensure the health and welfare of their families and themselves.”While providing excellent service and dedication to their customers, Three Girls Media emphasizes a healthy work/life balance, allowing employees to make their own schedules. This enables employees to avoid prohibitive day care costs, obtain advanced education, and be involved in nonprofit and school-based volunteer opportunities.“We are proud to honor Three Girls Media as our inaugural Business of Achievement.” says YWCA executive director Hillary Soens. “They exemplify the YWCA’s goal to support the economic and social advancement of women each and every day in their business practices.”“I’m so humbled and honored by this award! When I started Three Girls Media nine years ago it was incredibly important to me to have a business model that honored putting families and my team’s personal lives first. To be recognized for something that is a core belief and practice of mine and my business is truly fantastic!” stated Erika Taylor Montgomery, Three Girls Media Founder & CEO.A Business of Achievement biography is available on the YWCA of Olympia website.The 20th Annual Women of Achievement Gala, presented by Titus Will, will take place on Thursday, November 6th from 5:30pm – 8:45pm at the Red Lion Hotel Forest Ballroom. The event is open to the public and tickets ($80) will be available by contacting the YWCA of Olympia at 352-0593 or online at www.ywcaofolympia.org under Events or Donate. Once again Titus-Will Cars will serve as the Women of Achievement Gala Presenting Sponsor, with WSECU and Lucky Eagle as the Gala Sustaining Sponsors.For more information about the Women of Achievement Gala or for media inquiries, please contact Cherie Reeves Sperr, Special Events & Communications Director at 352-0593 or [email protected]