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At 72p, are Aston Martin shares a bargain not to be missed?

first_img 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. Stuart Blair | Sunday, 22nd November, 2020 | More on: AML Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Stuart Blair 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. See all posts by Stuart Blair 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. 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”center_img In 2018, Aston Martin (LSE: AML) launched its IPO with shares priced at £19. Fast-forward two years and shares have fallen 96%, currently priced at just 72p. This has been the result of extreme stock dilution, alongside poor management and a balance sheet loaded with risk. The pandemic has further exacerbated this pain, with the share price dropping 87% this year. But does this mean that Aston Martin shares are now far too cheap or are they a deadly value trap?What has caused the share price decline?While Aston Martin may be one of the most illustrious names in car making, this has not been backed up by financial success. In fact, the company (which is now over 100 years old) has gone bankrupt seven times and has a long history of restructurings.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…Since Aston Martin’s IPO in 2018, life has been miserable for the company. This has been due to both poor decision making and difficult global economic conditions. For example, although Andy Palmer was able to return the brand to profitability in the early years of his tenure, since the IPO, it has seen consistent losses. This is not expected to reverse any time soon, especially with operating losses so far this year standing at over £200m.Alongside the losses, debt has also ballooned. In the recent trading update, it reported net debt of £869m. This is an incredibly large amount, especially for a currently unprofitable company. Fears among creditors have also led to extremely large interest rates, with some at over 10%. Such a significant amount of debt will undoubtedly place a strain on the Aston Martin share price over the next few years.A glimmer of hopeDespite all this negativity, certain bits of good news have led to optimism. For example, in May, Andy Palmer stood down as CEO of the company, and this has injected new life into the company. New leadership includes Tobias Moers, who spent more than 25 years in senior roles with Daimler AG, and the new executive chair, Lawrence Stroll. Billionaire Lawrence Stroll has injected large amounts of personal money into the company in return for a large stake, while also stating that he is enthusiastic and confident about the future. Since the new leadership has arrived, Aston Martin shares have doubled in value.Other recent good news includes the fact that Mercedes-Benz is looking to increase its stake in the company to 20% over the next few years. This is accompanied by a strategic technology agreement between the two, which should help the pair develop various vehicle components and systems. Such a partnership may prove vital in the long term and may help reinvigorate the share price.Would I buy Aston Martin shares?It does seem that Aston Martin shares are far too cheap at the moment, especially when considering the overall value of the brand. As such, for those willing to take on risk, now may be the perfect time to buy this iconic car manufacturer. Despite this, I’m staying away. The company is riddled with debt and unprofitable. While there is no doubt that it is also cheap, I believe that there are still far better options out there. Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Image source: Aston Martin At 72p, are Aston Martin shares a bargain not to be missed?last_img read more

For me, 2020 was a huge market bubble. But will 2021 be a crash year?

first_img Looking back over 2020 with only three days remaining, what a stressful year it’s been. Stock markets rose steadily until February, when fears of the Covid-19 pandemic smashed share prices. By 23 March, the FTSE 100 index had collapsed below 5,000, down 2,550 points — around a third (33.8%) — in three months. In the US, the S&P 500 crashed almost 1,000 points (30.7%), also bottoming out on 23 March. However, the US market has since rebounded to all-time highs. To me, this suggests that we are in the fourth market bubble of my lifetime.Bubbles cause crashesHaving been an investor during the 1987, 2000-03 and 2007-09 stock-market crashes, I’ve learnt painful lessons from these three meltdowns. As a result, I don’t buy assets at sky-high prices, because I know this will reduce my future returns. Likewise, I steer clear of frothy markets during their periodic bubbles. How do I identify a bubble? It’s hard to say, but I know one when I see one! Here are three market bubbles that I see as having inflated to dangerous levels in 2020.5G 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…My three bubble marketsThe price of Bitcoin has soared this year, rising by $20,000 from around $7,200 to all-time highs over $28,200 yesterday. Why is Bitcoin up 280% in 2020? There is no way of knowing and no fundamentals to review. All that has driven the Bitcoin price higher since March has been buying pressure and momentum. For me, that’s good enough to declare Bitcoin as my first market bubble. In 2021, I expect Bitcoin to perform as it did in 2018 — by crashing hard when financial gravity finally overcomes speculative excess.I call US tech stocks as my second market bubble. The NASDAQ Composite tech index has soared by three-sevenths (42.7%) this year, setting record highs in late 2020. For me, the NASDAQ in 2020 has echoes of its performance in 1999/2000. Twenty years ago, the tech index peaked above 5,000 points on 14 March 2000 (coincidentally, my 32nd birthday). By winter 2002, it had lost four-fifths (80%) of its peak value. Today, the tech index is dominated by the ‘Big Five’ mega-tech firms, all huge and profitable. But the NASDAQ trades on a price-to-earnings ratio of 39 and an earnings yield below 2.6%. For me, this indicates that US tech stocks are looking bubbly.My third bubble is in market listings — IPOs (initial public offerings) and SPACs (special purpose acquisition vehicles). Again, the first-day performances of over-hyped IPO stocks and SPAC shares have scared me this year. Indeed, the opening ‘pops’ (price spikes) in companies such as cloud-software provider Snowflake and delivery firm DoorDash are only beaten by the 2000 vintage of IPOs. And we all know what happened to those bubble stocks over the next couple of years, don’t we?The FTSE 100 is no bubbleWhile I see multiple bubbles in the US, partly driven by the ‘Robinhood herd’ of younger investors, I see great value in UK-listed stocks. The FTSE 100 currently hovers around 6,500 points. The Footsie first passed that level in 1999, and is also over 1,400 points — more than a sixth (17.7%) — below the record high reached in May 2018. What’s more, the price-to-earnings ratios, earnings yields and dividend yields of many individual FTSE 100 businesses are extremely attractive today. That why, in 2021, I will move some of my family wealth out of over-priced US stocks and into cheaper FTSE 100 value shares. I believe this will surely produce better returns over the next 10 years, helping me to retire rich! Cliff D’Arcy | Monday, 28th December, 2020 For me, 2020 was a huge market bubble. But will 2021 be a crash year? Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. See all posts by Cliff D’Arcy 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. 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!last_img read more