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The Card Factory share price has DOUBLED in 1 month. Should I buy?

first_imgSimply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Nadia Yaqub has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Card Factory. 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. 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. Nadia Yaqub | Wednesday, 10th March, 2021 | More on: CARD See all posts by Nadia Yaqub Source: Getty Images Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Card Factory (LSE: CARD) shares have been rising over the past month, although the stock still trades on a P/E of 4x. This is a bargain on the surface, but I should stress that it’s cheap for a reason. I’m tempted to dip my toe in, but there are risks involved. For now, Card Factory shares aren’t for the faint-hearted and I’m not brave enough to buy them today. So I’ll monitor the stock.I have a few concerns about the company. These include the minimal online presence, its debt level and liquidity. 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…Online presenceI think one of the problems with the cards and gifts retailer is its minimal online presence. The company is heavily reliant on its retail stores, which have had to temporarily close due to the pandemic. In fact, Card Factory has over 1,000 retail stores across the UK and Ireland.In my view the company’s online presence has slipped behind some of its competitors. Card Factory has had to play catch-up and in July 2020 it relaunched its website.Since then, online sales have performed very strongly and I’d expect this to continue. At least Card Factory has now realised that it needs to adopt a more multichannel-focused approach in order to face the future.But I should add that the competition is tough from the likes of Moonpig, which recently came to market. This is a pureplay online cards and gifts retailer, which has performed well during the pandemic. Yet Card Factory’s brand and value proposition may resonate with customers, especially when the stores can reopen.Debt pile and liquidityAnother reason why I’m cautious over Card Factory shares is its high level of debt, which at some point will have to be repaid. On January 14, it announced that while in the short term, cash flow could be covered by its £200m bank credit, it expects to breach its loan terms. I found this somewhat alarming.Since then, it has confirmed that it’s in discussion with the banks, which have given it some leeway. Waivers were granted until the end of February but now this has been pushed until the end of March.I reckon the banks will continue to give Card Factory some breathing space until shops can officially reopen and it can start to generate some revenue from its retail stores.For now I think there’s enough liquidity to weather the storm. Card Factory shares have rallied on this short-term relief. But if lockdowns persist, I reckon the financial position will become much worse. This uncertainty makes me uncomfortable and hence I’ll continue to watch the stock for now.Card Factory has said that it expects to refinance the company and a further update will be issued in due course. The shares have been rising in the hope of that refinancing. So what does this mean? Given what other victims of the pandemic have done, I expect a share placing could be on the cards. The funds raised could reduce the debt pile and build the company’s online presence.I think Card Factory shares are a possible recovery stock but I’m not so bold to buy yet. I’d like to see more information on its refinancing before taking the plunge.center_img Enter Your Email Address 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. 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Rugby Rant: Stop defenders kneeing try-scorers

first_imgIt is time to put an end to defending players clattering scorers on the ground, argues Cian Tracey of the Irish Independent Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. “It should be a case of: adjust your body position or face the consequences” This particular incident again went unpunished and what made it even more perplexing was that the referee, his two assistants and the TMO held up the game for several minutes to have a look at Peter O’Mahony needlessly dropping his shoulder on a Scarlets player who lay helplessly on the ground.The Munster captain was correctly shown a second yellow card, but having watched several replays of the whole thing, it beggared belief that none of the officials saw it necessary to pick up on Hardy’s knee slide. Going unpunished: Jack Nowell slides into Toulouse’s Alban Placines (Getty Images) That time it was in Melbourne during Ireland’s second-Test win over Australia, as Dane Haylett-Petty led with his knees, which forced Conway off and prematurely ended his tour. This has become such a persistent problem in the game that players will continue to do what is, let’s face it, a dirty piece of play, until they are called up on it – when in fact it should be a case of: adjust your body position or face the consequences.Come on, World Rugby, let’s stamp this nonsense out of the game before it gets even further out of hand.This article originally appeared in the December 2020 edition of Rugby World magazine. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS You don’t have to look too far to see this kind of thing happening week in, week out at every level. But unless it is stamped out at the very top, it will continue to be a blight on the game. Jack Nowell sliding into Alban Placines in the Exeter-Toulouse Champions Cup semi-final was highlighted on BT Sport. And the opening weekend of the Pro14 threw up another example when Scarlets’ Kieran Hardy hurled himself, knees-first, in the direction of Chris Farrell, who had just got over the line for Munster. Rugby Rant: Stop defenders kneeing try-scorersOF ALL the attempts to make the game safer, it still boggles the mind that World Rugby have not done more to clamp down on players sliding in with their knees as a try is being scored.Brian O’Driscoll summed it up well when he said: “It’s not football, you can’t slide tackle.” Yet two years later, nothing appears to have changed.It has reached the stage now where it’s difficult to know what exactly we are waiting to see happen before such reckless acts are punished appropriately because it is not as if players have not been injured by this already.The incident O’Driscoll was referring to occurred in Castres in 2018 when Benjamin Urdapilleta slid in knee-first as Andrew Conway attempted to regather the ball shy of the try-line. The Munster winger was lucky not to have been seriously hurt, but he wasn’t as fortunate six months earlier when he was on the end of a similarly poor attempted ‘tackle’.last_img read more

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Power failures cost London ‘millions every minute’

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Dominicans called upon to get more involved in the Bee sector

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share LocalNews Dominicans called upon to get more involved in the Bee sector by: – June 3, 2011 Sharecenter_img 10 Views   no discussions Tweet Photo credit: dunphymall.comPresident of the Dominica Bee Keepers Cooperative Lennox Fagan is calling on more Dominicans to get involved in the sector.He says Dominica possess all the qualities for a perfect bee keepers program.Fagan says however not many individuals are involved in the sector.He says bee keeping will not only boost economic activity, but will provide an income for member’s as well.“Dominica is an agriculture country with large forests and the bees do almost 55% of pollination of all the agricultural produce so I think we will benefit,” he said.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Syracuse prepares for final nonconference match ahead of Big East tournament

first_img Published on April 11, 2013 at 12:44 am Contact Danny: [email protected] While Syracuse has dominated its final run in the Big East, games against out-of-conference opponents have been a struggle for the Orange.SU (11-7, 7-1 Big East) will face Temple on Saturday in the regular-season finale for the Orange. Before heading off to the Big East tournament, the Orange must face one final nonconference foe. The Orange has struggled in out-of-conference play this season, going 4-6.“I definitely expect the team to come out really strong and really determined just because it’s our last season match,” Amanda Rodgers said.While the Orange has surged as of late, winning six of its last seven matches, it wasn’t always this way. The Orange began the season 0-5, losing four of its first five matches against nonconference opponents.Rodgers alluded to a lack of intensity as the possible reason for the slow start. The “Orange energy” that has become a staple of the Drumlins Tennis Center during the season was not with the team on the road.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“As a team, we all struggled with (that) at the beginning,” Rodgers said. “We had a two-week break in the middle of the season, and we all kind of came together and realized we need to be more intense on the court.”The Orange lost its first five matches of the season, four to nonconference foes — Southern California, Georgia Tech, Georgia State and Boston College all defeated the Orange. The schedule was a test against national powers. USC is currently ranked No. 5 in the country, with Georgia Tech slotted at No. 19.“We started the season 0-5. That was a really tough thing for this team,” Komal Safdar said, “it’s not easy to lose that much.”But the higher level of competition so early in the season was a test for Syracuse, and Safdar said she believes the team is on the verge of contending with some of the top powers it faced early in the season.“I mean, there’s no doubt that those teams are ranked a lot higher, and we have come really close, it’s just we haven’t been able to put it together as a team,” Safdar said. “It’s like were tapping on the door, we’ve pushed it open a little bit against some teams, but we are ready to barge through now.”Temple stands as the final test for an Orange team that will no longer have the comfort of the Big East. Syracuse moves to the Atlantic Coast Conference next season, and this schedule is a reflection of the steps Syracuse is taking to move on.“We’re getting ready to go into the ACC, and those are the people that we are going to face a lot more,” Brittany Lashway said. “I think we haven’t had the chance to do that and this is really the first season that, as a team, we have.”But Temple is far from the elite level of competition the Orange faced in the beginning. In fact, Syracuse has dominated the Owls in the past, winning in each of the past three seasons against Temple. Each match has ended either 6-1 or 7-0.The Orange hopes the high play that showed in the Big East schedule carries over to Temple and beyond.“I think that, as a team, we’ve had some ups and downs, but I really think we’ve been going on an upstream right now,” Kobelt said, “so that’s good momentum to bring into the tournament.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Trojans prep for Prestige West event

first_imgAfter the Trojans were forced to withdraw from the Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational in Bremerton, Wash., because of rain, the No. 8 USC men’s golf team tees off Sunday in the hopes of winning The Prestige event.USC had eight scheduled holes remaining and was among 10 schools, including Oregon, UC Davis and University of Pacific, to withdraw from the Husky Invitational. The Trojans will enter another event looking to fulfill the missing rounds lost at the invitational.“Even though it was rained out and we would have liked to play in it, it is not over-bearing,” junior Martin Trainer said. “We prepared like we usually do, practice hard and be ready for the next tournament.”This weekend USC will head to La Quinta, Calif., to compete in The Prestige. The invitational runs from Sunday through Tuesday at the PGA West golf course.The notoriety of the course does not frighten the Trojans.“We get a practice round before each tournament,” Trainer said. “We get to map out the course and see what are the good and bad spots.”Trainer also noted that, although the course might change week-to-week, the preparation remains the same.“Stanford is a very good team, as usual, and they will be tough to beat throughout the year,” Trainer said. “We can’t worry about what others are doing. We just have to do what we do best, which is try to shoot low scores.”Despite inclement weather that might be awaiting the Trojans and competition against some of the top teams in the nation, Trainer the team just has to be ready, no matter the circumstances.“Golf is a mentally demanding sport and you have to be prepared for anything,” he said. “Being on a course for five hours under pressure can wear you out mentally.” The Trojans prepare the most for these types of situations.USC tees off on Oct. 9  at the PGA West golf course in La Quinta.last_img read more

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