Enter Your Email Address Tom Rodgers | Tuesday, 31st December, 2019 | More on: CLG Image source: Getty Images. It’s always a source of great pain to investors when they spot a good-looking stock, research it thoroughly, decide not to buy it, and then watch helplessly from the sidelines as the share price shoots through the roof.2019 was a year of good wins for me in the stock market. Games Workshop is up 40% since I bought it, while my long-term holds Aviva and Legal & General both returned tidy dividends nearing 7%.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…And yet there have been a few misses that have niggled at me.The one that got awayOften I will research a stock, see that it is in a booming sector with great growth potential, dig through the balance sheet to look for structural weaknesses like an over-reliance on intangible assets, or heavy liabilities that can’t be met by short-term cash flow, and see what my gut tells me about how the company is run.I was watching one stock earlier in the year, a not particularly well-known FTSE 250 firm called Clipper Logistics (LSE:CLG). When I first came across it, the share price was 192p. As I watched from the sidelines throughout the year this grew to 220p, then 250p, then 290p. It operates in ‘e-fulfilment’ – another name for the warehousing, delivery, customer credit checks, and returns for online sales giants like Amazon, ASOS, ASDA, and Sports Direct.Chair Steve Parkin said earlier this year that the business is “exceptionally well-placed to benefit from the continuing migration to online retailing and the increasing propensity for consumers to choose click-and-collect services when placing orders online.”Gold rushIf you want to make money from a gold rush, invest in the companies making the picks and shovels, right?Well the boom in the e-commerce sector still looks like a gold rush to me with the explosion of online-only retailers Boohoo (up 83% this year) and ASOS (up 47% this year).Leeds-headquartered Clipper has put together solid growth since going public in 2014. A period of momentous growth saw the share price quadruple to its 2017 peak, before falling back to a more sustainable entry point for retail investors like you and me.Clipper’s fundamentals looked sound and it announced a series of big contract wins in 2019, including a five-year deal to provide returns management for Shop Direct, the operator of Very.co.uk and Littlewoods.com, and expansion to a new e-fulfillment centre for Boohoo brand Pretty Little Thing.Why didn’t I buy it?I’d never heard of Clipper before I started looking at it as an investment. I shouldn’t have let this lack of public profile cloud my judgement.I was also a bit sniffy about the logistics sector. This swiftly changed in 2019 when I fully researched the Amazon warehouse supplier Tritax Big Box.Clipper is now in a bid situation: it appears Parkin wants to take Clipper private and according to press reports is working on a £300m bid with the help of Sun Capital Partners.What I’m doing to change itMy first new year’s resolution will be to truly trust my gut. If I get the feeling, based on fundamental research and sector trends, that a stock is a buy, then I will buy.Secondly, and this is probably the biggest resolution: to earn more money so I can invest in the good opportunities I spot in the market! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. 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A new school year filled with homework, exams and grades has begun, Broadway fans—but fear not! We know you’re going to make the grade, and we’ve got your back with full reports on the latest Broadway buzz, Odds & Ends and Lessons to keep you sharp and videos for those well-deserved study breaks (all right, late-night procrastination sessions). With a fresh semester also comes awesome locker decorations, new friends and favorite teachers. A few of them may even remind you of some of your favorite instructors in Great White Way musicals (even if they don’t let you get away with air guitar-ing through that history presentation). We asked you which teacher from a musical would make you want to sit at the front of the class. Take a look at your top 10 below, and good luck in the new school year! (Photos: Matthew Murphy, Paul Kolnik & Joan Marcus) Tom Collins, Rent View Comments Miss Trunchbull, Matilda Nettie,The Color Purple Dr. Dillamond, Wicked Dewey Finn, School of Rock Maria, The Sound of Music Miss Honey, Matilda Miss Mullins, School of Rock Anna Leonowens, The King and I Madame Giry, The Phantom of the Opera
Their lead lasted just three minutes, though, as De Jong chested down Messi’s superb ball over the top and volleyed past Joel Robles from six yards. Fekir rounded off a swift counter-attacking move with a fine low strike from 18 yards past Marc-Andre ter Stegen to restore Betis’ advantage just before the half-hour mark. Messi was again the provider for Barca’s equaliser in first-half stoppage time, his deep free-kick turned in by Busquets from eight yards. Clement Lenglet then headed home Messi’s free-kick 18 minutes from time to ensure Barca remain three points behind leaders Real Madrid after their 4-1 win at Osasuna earlier in the day, although the Frenchman blotted his copybook by picking up a second yellow card soon after Fekir’s dismissal. Betis opened the scoring in the sixth minute, Canales stroking home from the penalty spot after Lenglet had handled Fekir’s strike inside the penalty area. Loading… Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?The Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWorld’s Most Delicious Foods8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes Lionel Messi grabbed a hat-trick of assists as Barcelona ended a tumultuous week with a pulsating 3-2 LaLiga win over Real Betis at the Benito Villamarin on Sunday. The Catalan giants were dumped out of the Copa del Rey by Athletic Bilbao in midweek, while Messi has been involved in a public spat with technical director Eric Abidal after he questioned the work ethic of some players under previous boss Ernesto Valverde. Quique Setien’s side got off to a terrible start against his former employers, with Sergio Canales’ penalty putting the hosts ahead early on, but a wonderful goal from Frenkie de Jong pulled the champions level soon after. Nabil Fekir – who was later dismissed for two bookable offences in quick succession – restored the hosts’ advantage with a fine finish, before Sergio Busquets scored a second equaliser on the stroke of half-time. Read Also: La Liga: Bale returns as Real Madrid come from behind to beat Osasuna Messi was twice denied by Robles after the interval but he was central to Barca’s winner, floating in a free-kick that was headed home by a towering Lenglet. Fekir saw red 14 minutes from time, picking up quickfire bookings for a foul on Lenglet and dissent, while Barca’s French defender also received his marching orders three minutes later after catching Joaquin. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
Related Articles Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Submit Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Super Soccer Oddsfeed’s Jeevan Jeyaratnam spoke to SBC News about the Stamford Bridge swansong for John Terry, and how this compares to Wayne Shaw’s pie-eating antics.Jeevan JeyaratnamI’ve heard some sensationalist views this week regarding the, admittedly daft, stunt triggered on Sunday when the now ex-Sunderland boss David Moyes and his squad colluded with Chelsea’s wishes to force a break in play during the 26th minute.Retiring club hero John Terry, adorned in the number 26 shirt, had, it was later revealed, reached an agreement with his boss Antonio Conte that he would play just 26 minutes of the final game of his Chelsea career. In order for the substitution to be regarded as symbolic it had to happen in the 26th minute.As a substitution can only occur during a natural break in play, there is absolutely no guarantee this could happen without both sides ‘agreement’. To this end, Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford kicked the ball into touch during minute 26 to facilitate the somewhat farcical change.Let’s be clear here, the Premier League has not seen fit to investigate this acknowledged collusion and apart from belittling the already doomed Sunderland, little harm was done and there is no evidence to suggest this information leaked and led to any sort of betting activity.There have been calls from the less informed that this was akin to spot-fixing, the scourge of black market cricket fixes. The dictionary definition of spot-fixing varies somewhat but is essentially, “the pre-meditated engineering of an outcome within a sporting event.” The Wikipedia entry is perhaps more encapsulating in that it correctly suggests this engineering occurs to service a betting market.The fundamental difference between this event and traditional spot fixes is the stimulus. There isn’t an odds market for this kind of thing, nor is it likely that there ever will be, the very basis for allowing this to happen was not entrenched in a desire to profit financially. Spot-fixing has financial gain firmly imprinted into its DNA, it is the only reason it happens. This stimulus difference is critical but seems to have been conveniently ignored by those wishing to cause harm, cause controversy and sell papers.Revisiting the Piegate incident earlier in the year, we can draw parallels between Wayne Shaw’s pie-eating and spot-fixing; the incident occurred for financial gain through ‘manipulation’ of a betting market. This is, albeit not the worst case, very close to our definition of spot-fixing, as while not directly affecting the game or outcome, the act did occur in what is considered to be the playing arena.Crucially the Sunderland/John Terry incident had no basis in financial gain and reports of bets laid can be attributed to clever lateral thinking on behalf of punters, who remembered back to Didier Drogba’s last game in the royal blue. Though Drogba played most of his Chelsea career in the number 11 shirt he was carried off the pitch in the 30th minute, also against Sunderland, and punters requesting a price for Terry exiting in the 26th minute were merely being smart, not pre-informed.Paddy Power laid three bets at 100/1, it appears the maximum single stake £25. Clearly this is wholly different from both traditional spot-fixing and the Piegate debacle, where stakes alone were alleged to have been over £1000 and the outcome clearly considered to be “certain”.While neither incident shows the sport in the best light, it is inflammatory to suggest this was anything more than an ill-conceived ‘tribute’ to a rare breed of player, who stayed with the same club since age 14. StumbleUpon Share Share Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020