Which are the best FTSE 100 shares to buy right now? Here are my top picks

first_img Matthew Dumigan 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. Matthew Dumigan | Saturday, 17th October, 2020 | More on: AV ENT Image source: Getty Images Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. See all posts by Matthew Dumigan 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. 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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.center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address After shedding around 32% of its value in the depths of the stock market crash, the FTSE 100 index has since risen by 20%. At first glance, this may seem like an impressive recovery. However, in comparison with other major global indices, the FTSE’s recent performance has left a lot to be desired.That said, I’m confident that there are plenty of buying opportunities for investors savvy enough to spot them. After all, the UK’s blue-chip index is home to some of the world’s most well-established companies.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 that in mind, here are two FTSE 100 stocks that I think rank among the best investments for this month and beyond.A FTSE 100 growth gemFirst up is GVC Holdings (LSE: GVC), a company that has plenty of growth potential, in my view. In fact, over the last six months, the sports betting and gambling firm has been one of the best performing stocks in the entire index. Its share price has risen by a whopping 57% at a time when many other UK-listed companies have watched their valuations falter.In my opinion, this reinforces the idea that GVC makes for a wise investment given the current level economic uncertainty. In fact, I reckon it’s likely that the gambling company could be one of the few businesses in the FTSE 100 to continue with a strong trading performance in spite of looming lockdown restrictions and widespread financial hardship.Despite restrictions forcing GVC to close its retail stores, the company has profited handsomely. This is primarily thanks to strong online gaming and gambling revenues. For example, net gaming revenue rose 14% in the third quarter of 2020. Moreover, full-year cash profits are now expected to be ahead of previous guidance.Considering the company’s outstanding performance, subsequent share price boom and bright future prospects, GVC shares still look under-appreciated in my eyes. Ultimately, a forward price-to-earnings ratio of 16 suggests there could be significant value to be had.The cheapest stock in the entire index?Secondly, shares in Aviva (LSE: AV) have been catching my eye recently. The principal reason for this being how insanely cheap they look, with a forward P/E ratio of 4.6.Don’t get me wrong, the shares won’t be delivering any eye-watering returns in the months and years to come. Nonetheless, I’m confident that there’s significant room for growth in the company’s valuation. Combine this with a generous dividend yield and what’s not to love?Evidently, the insurance company was never going to pass through the coronavirus pandemic unscathed. However, I’ve been impressed by the group’s new business growth, positive operating profits, and improved capital position. As a result, Aviva has committed to restarting its dividend payment (albeit reduced) sooner than analysts first anticipated.Ultimately, with Aviva’s valuation still down 30% on the year, I reckon there’s an ideal opportunity here to grab a bargain. What’s more, it seems that the group’s leadership feels the same way, with the new CEO, Amanda Blanc, recently hoovering up £1m worth of shares in the company. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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. Which are the best FTSE 100 shares to buy right now? Here are my top pickslast_img read more

Some areas of the state are abnormally dry

first_imgThere is still floodwater standing in some areas of the state — but there are also parts of the state could now use more rain. The D-N-R’s Tim Hall, says a couple of months of below normal precipitation have made an impact.“For the first time since October of last year, we’ve got some areas of the state tagged by the drought monitor as being abnormally dry,” Hall says. Hall says it’s just an early signal of something to be watching.“Technically they reference that as not being a drought. But it indicates that conditions are moving in the direction where you could end up with some drought conditions flagged here if the dryness continues,” Halls says. He says it is a pretty good sized section of the state.“There’s a larger area that encompasses east-central and southeast back kind of along the I-80 corridor toward Des Moines. And then there’s a couple of smaller areas in western Iowa and southwestern Iowa,” according to Hall. “All told — it’s about 36 percent of the state that’s rated as abnormally dry.” June and July combined were two-point-three (2.3) inches below normal for rainfall.“Despite these two months of drier than normal conditions — we’re still in a 12-month moving period where it is the wettest 12-month period on record for the state,” Hall says. He says the abnormally dry conditions are something to note — but it’s too early to say it will be a long-term issue.“It’s a pattern that could easily disappear if we get some rainstorms. It’s also a pattern that could intensify if things don’t improve,” Hall says. “Right now we don’t have any basins in the state that are showing below-normal stream flow, so that’s good. So the surface water is in good shape. We are not seeing any areas that’re stressed for shallow groundwater for drinking water. So, we’re sort of banking off the previous year’s worth of wet weather.” Hall says the last time we had extremely dry conditions was two years ago in the southern part of the state — but that was all washed away when the wet pattern started. You can see a full report on Iowa’s water resource trends at: www.iowadnr.gov/watersummaryupdate.last_img read more