Should I buy AstraZeneca shares on vaccine news?

first_img See all posts by Roland Head Roland Head | Monday, 23rd November, 2020 | More on: AZN Roland Head 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. 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. The AstraZeneca (LSE: AZN) share price fell slightly this morning, despite good news on the firm’s Covid-19 vaccine. Trials suggest the vaccine is up to 90% effective and AstraZeneca says it will apply for regulatory approval to start deploying the vaccine.The vaccine isn’t the only new product in AstraZeneca’s portfolio. Sales of new medicines rose by 34% to nearly $10bn during the third quarter of the year. Should I be buying the shares, or do share price gains mean that a more cautious attitude makes sense?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…Vaccine successAstraZeneca shares spiked to a record high of £87 in July, when the company said phase one and two trials showed a good response to the vaccine. The firm has now released interim results from the large-scale phase-three trial of the AZD1222 Covid-19 vaccine. This has been developed in partnership with scientists at Oxford University.The phase-three trial results show that the vaccine is 90% effective if it’s given as a half dose followed by a full dose at least one month later. Other dosing regimens were less effective, but the average achieved was 70%.It seems like a good result to me. The firm is now applying for regulatory approval to start deploying the vaccine. The company has experience of large-scale manufacturing and says the vaccine can be stored in normal fridge temperatures for extended periods. This should make it easier to deploy than the Pfizer vaccine, which needs unusually cold storage.Shareholders won’t benefit from the Covid-19 vaccine directly, as AstraZeneca has already said it won’t profit from the vaccine during the pandemic.However, the rapid development of this new product suggests to me AstraZeneca’s all-important R&D division is performing well. This vaccine success also seems to support the group’s strategy of linking with many smaller external partners on new products.New medicine sales growthAstraZeneca’s recent third-quarter results confirm that newer products are making an increasing contribution to the group’s sales. Total sales for the first nine months of 2020 rose by 9% to $18,879m. But sales of new medicines climbed 34% to $9,894m. This means new medicines have generated more than half the group’s sales this year.This result looks like evidence that chief executive Pascal Soriot’s strategy of investing heavily in new products is starting to pay off. Sales were in decline until 2018, but are now growing steadily again.Investors have backed Soriot’s judgement and AstraZeneca shares have risen by 80% over the last five years. I want to increase my exposure to the healthcare sector, but is it too late to buy?AstraZeneca shares: my verdictI should probably have bought AstraZeneca shares when they were trading at around £40 five years ago. But now that the stock is hovering around £82, can it still deliver attractive returns?As things stand, the shares are trading on about 27 times 2020 forecast earnings. City analysts expect profits to rise by 25% in 2021, which would push the price/earnings ratio down to 22.At this level, I think a lot of growth is already priced into AstraZeneca stock. I don’t think the shares offer much of a safety margin. Any disappointment could knock the valuation, in my view. If I already owned the shares, I’d probably sit tight. But I think I’ll find better opportunities to buy in the future. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Should I buy AstraZeneca shares on vaccine news?center_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. 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Title still the target for Rooney

first_img At times this season it has almost seemed like Rooney has been carrying his team-mates. While so many others, including Robin van Persie, have found life a struggle, the 28-year-old has been on top form. It made it such a shame for United therefore that he was below peak fitness for those Chelsea and Manchester City games, and in between sitting out the Liverpool encounter completely after having his head sliced open in a freak training ground collision with Phil Jones. Now Rooney is fully fit, although he is adamant United are no one-man band. “I hope I can make a difference this weekend,” he said. “But we have many players who can win us games. “It is not about one person. It is about us all working together to get those three points. “We are starting to adjust to the training and the new ideas from the manager. We are playing a bit better and have been getting good results. “Overall, we are in a good place. I am sure if we can win on Sunday it will make us even stronger and give us that belief that we can go on.” On Sunday, Rooney says the collective effort must involve the Old Trafford faithful. Often derided for a lack of atmosphere, the stadium tends to be at its noisiest for the biggest of matches. For all kinds of reasons, this fixture is among the most important. Rooney just hopes the Red Devils supporters recognise it. “The atmosphere at Old Trafford for big games is great,” he said. “I am sure the fans realise this is a really important match for us and will be at their best. “When they are like that it brings energy into our play. We will need them this weekend.” Press Association Wayne Rooney remains confident Manchester United can retain their Premier League title. Yet Rooney insists that inside the Old Trafford camp, none of these doubts exist. The vibe, he revealed, remains that of champions. “We always believe,” he said. “We believe we can go on and win the league. “We have been in this position before and gone on to win titles so there is no reason why we cannot do it again. We are hitting form at the right time. “If we can continue that and get to Christmas within touching distance, or maybe even at the top, we will be in a great position.” Rooney was speaking at the launch of a three-year partnership between United and their new official timekeeper Bulova. As part of the deal, the United squad will get the chance to design their own personalised watch, which Rooney intends to dedicate to his children – Kai and Klay. Before that though, Rooney and his team-mates have a lot of work ahead of them. United face Arsenal on Sunday, trailing the Gunners by eight points and knowing defeat will put them in a precarious position as they look to keep hold of a crown they won by an impressive 11 points last term. Not only that, it would place a huge question mark over the credentials of David Moyes’ team given they collected a solitary draw from the early season encounters with Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City that their new Scottish manager was so wary of. last_img read more

Dick Vitale Tweets Support For Premise That NCAA Should Leave Indianapolis, Move Events To Other States

first_imgDick Vitale thinks NCAA should move events from Indianapolis.Twitter/@DickieVCollege basketball analyst Dick Vitale is the most recent voice in the world of college sports to come out strongly against a new Indiana bill that would allow local businesses to turn away gay and lesbian customers. The NCAA, which is headquartered in Indianapolis, the city which will host this year’s Final Four, has already expressed concern about the law, and many are calling for the organization to move its operation, and prevent the state from hosting future NCAA events. USA Today’s Nancy Armour wrote a column supporting this idea:It is too late to pull this year’s Final Four from Indianapolis, given it is next weekend and there’s no other city that would have an arena and several thousand hotel rooms available. But the NCAA can – and should – tell Indiana lawmakers that their prejudice and mean-spiritedness has cost the state the privilege of hosting any other collegiate sporting event.The 2016 women’s Final Four currently scheduled to be held in Indianapolis? Not anymore.…And in what would be the biggest threat of all, the NCAA ought to tell Gov. Mike Pence and his lunatic-fringe lawmakers that it no longer feels at home in Indiana and will look at moving its headquarters from Indianapolis to a state where God-given diversity is something to be celebrated rather than feared.Vitale tweeted a picture of the paper, and his support for Armour’s take.This INDIANSA law is #AbsolutelyPATHETIC This 21st century @nrarmour details in USA today & I agree with her premise! pic.twitter.com/BmmwUZTuJv— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) March 27, 2015Whether or not you like Vitale as a broadcaster, he is one of the most respected people in college athletics. He will not be the last big name to speak out about this issue, either.last_img read more

BC chief tells NEB pipeline hearings his people are responsible for their

first_imgVICTORIA — First Nations leaders from British Columbia told a National Energy Board hearing in Victoria that there are serious concerns about the potential impacts of an expanded Trans Mountain pipeline on their homelands.Two leaders representing the Fraser Valley’s Sto:lo Tribal Council say protection of the Fraser River’s salmon, animals and surrounding lands is their eternal responsibility and the pipeline poses risks that could harm their homes and culture.But Chief Tyrone McNeil and councillor Andrew Victor did not say they are completely opposed to the expansion project.McNeil, the tribal council’s vice president, says the board must understand that the Sto:lo call the Fraser River their mother because it feeds and nurtures them.He says the Sto:lo believe they are responsible for looking after everything they see, including the Chinook salmon that are the main food source for threatened southern resident killer whales.Victor says the Sto:lo want to see justification for the pipeline expansion project, including the completion of environmental assessments that examine risks and impacts of a spill.The new hearings were prompted after the Federal Court of Appeal tossed out the original approval for the expansion, saying Canada didn’t adequately consult with First Nations or consider tanker traffic’s impact on the marine environment. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

IT dept files 11 charge sheets against lobbyist Deepak Talwar

first_imgNew Delhi: The Income Tax Department has filed as many as 11 charge sheets against corporate aviation lobbyist Deepak Talwar for alleged tax evasion by him and his companies, official sources said Tuesday. They said the prosecution complaints have been filed before a special court here last week under Section 276C(1) (prosecution for wilful attempt to evade tax) and Section 277 (false statement in verification) of the Income Tax Act. While six are fresh complaints, the rest are supplementary charge sheets to the main complaints filed in 2017 by the department against Talwar. These pertain to different assessment years, the sources said. “Investigations have revealed that the accused was the beneficiary of a complex global corporate structure of several entities in different offshore jurisdictions like British Virgin Islands, Mauritius, Singapore, Hong Kong which received funds from foreign entities,” a senior tax department official said, quoting contents of the charge sheets. “A part of such money was also routed back in India for investment through multiple layers in foreign countries,” he added.last_img read more

BJP will make sedition law more stringent Rajnath

first_imgShimla: Hitting out at the Congress for promising to abolish sedition law in its poll manifesto, Union Minister Rajnath Singh Thursday said the legislation will be made more stringent after BJP returns to power at the Centre. At a rally in Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu district in support of Ram Swaroop Sharma who is seeking re-election from Mandi Lok Sabha seat, he said Indian economy has become on of the fastest growing economy in the world and the IMF has praised the country for its economic growth. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework He also claimed that inflation has been controlled during the five years the BJP’s rule. If voted to power again, the BJP will make the provisions of sedition law more stringent to check anti-national activities, Singh said, adding India has not acquired even an inch of land of any other country but if any other nation tries to do so, India will prevent it at any cost. In its poll manifesto, the Congress has promised to abolish the provision of sedition in the IPC and review the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) as well as deployment of the armed forces. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen “The BJP is the only party where a ground-level worker can become a chief minister and even prime minister with his relentless efforts. On the other hand, there is a party which revolves around only a family,” Singh claimed. Ram Swaroop is pitted against Sukh Ram’s grandson Aashray Sharma who has been fielded in the seat by the Congress. Aashray Sharma’s father Anil Sharma recently resigned from the state cabinet but is still a BJP MLA in Mandi Assembly segment. Voting for state’s all four seats — Shimla (SC), Mandi, Hamirpur and Kangra — will take place during the final phase of the Lok Sabha polls on May 19.last_img read more

Sniper kills Egypt soldier in Sinai security

first_imgCAIRO – A sniper shot dead an Egyptian soldier Wednesday in the lawless Sinai Peninsula where the army has been waging a relentless campaign to root out militants, a security official said.The 20-year-old conscript was killed while training at a military camp in Sheikh Zuwayed, the official said.“He was shot in the head,” the official said, adding the nature of the wound indicated the bullet had been fired from altitude. Egypt’s army has poured troops and armour into the Sinai to crush militant activity which has surged since the military overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on July 3.A subsequent crackdown on Islamists has resulted in more than 1,000 people being killed and more than 2,000 arrested nationwide.Dozens of soldiers and policemen have also been killed in near daily attacks in the Sinai.last_img read more

Mens basketball CJ Jackson responding to Chris Holtmanns message with improved play

Ohio State junior guard C.J. Jackson (3) brings the ball down the court in the first half in the game against Clemson on Nov. 29. Ohio State lost 79-65. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorC.J. Jackson never expected to be the primary ball handler in such a short time at Ohio State. The junior probably didn’t expect to be benched 10 games into his first season as a starting point guard either.And with Jackson coming off the bench, the Buckeyes (7-3, 2-0) have pulled off two significant early conference victories against Wisconsin and Michigan.Jackson wasn’t meeting the demands through the team’s first eight games. His 23 percent turnover rate was unacceptable for a starting point guard in a Power Five conference, and the Ohio State offense wasn’t getting it done against top quality opponents. Holtmann moved Jackson to the bench and started senior forward Jae’Sean Tate at point guard.When asked Monday following a 20-point comeback against Michigan if benching Jackson was done to send a message, without explicitly saying it, head coach Chris Holtmann’s answer was yes. It was done to send a message.That’s life as a point guard under Holtmann, who has said in the past it’s probably no fun for a point guard to play for him.But Holtmann’s message to Jackson was simple: stay poised and be a leader on and off the court.Since coming off the bench, Jackson has been incredibly efficient. He has turned the ball over just three times, following games of seven and five turnovers in consecutive losses to Butler and Clemson. Jackson scored 10 off the bench against Wisconsin and 17 against Michigan, including seven free-throws in the final three minutes of a nine-point victory.Message received.“I guess you could say [I was pushing myself too much], like trying to make the perfect play and playing mistake free, which is when you start making mistakes,” Jackson said Friday. “I guess you could say that’s where I was at before.”Jackson entered the game off the bench for the majority of last year, then started the final six games. However, this year, he’s the guy. There can’t be any letdown from Jackson. For a team short at the guard position, with the backup being graduate transfer Andrew Dakich — who has a turnover rate near 40 percent — Jackson has to be a consistent point guard who won’t turn the ball over.Tate has filled in nicely at the point guard position, but it’s not his natural spot. He’s arguably Ohio State’s best option for taking a player one-on-one at the end of the shot clock, but he’s not a true point guard and isn’t a strong-enough shooter to be a combo guard.Jackson’s the natural point guard. But for the time being, it’s Tate’s role. And it’s working, with Jackson, ironically, providing some insight to Tate.“Kind of what my issue was, I was just telling him to make the simple plays,” Jackson said. “You don’t have to make the home run plays, things like that.”Jackson said coming off the bench allows him to examine the pace of play and play at that level when he enters the game, instead of adjusting to it on the fly when he starts.Holtmann didn’t rule out starting Jackson at noon Saturday against William & Mary, but acknowledged the guard’s improved play since moving out of the starting lineup.“I think he knows that his minutes will be pretty consistent as long as he can continue to try to do what we’re asking him to do in terms of limiting his turnovers,” Holtmann said. “It’s nice to be able to have him or at least a guy that can give you some scoring punch off the bench.”When making the jump from the junior-college level to Division I, Jackson didn’t expect such a significant role entering his second year in Columbus. Now that the Buckeyes have some momentum, his role is that much more vital for them to sustain any success. read more

Stoger admits Dortmund deserved to lose

first_imgBorussia Dortmund manager Peter Stoger has admitted that his side deserved to lose in their humiliating 6-0 defeat to Bayern Munich on SaturdayDortmund put in a woeful display against a Bayern brimming with confidence and on the brink of securing a sixth consecutive Bundesliga crown this season.In a dominant first-half performance, Bayern went 5-0 up and controlled the proceedings in the second-half with Robert Lewandowski securing his hat-trick late in the game to ensure their dominance.borussia dortmund, marco reus, jadon sancho, paco alcacerReport: Dortmund hammer four past Leverkusen George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund put four past Bayer Leverkusen.Borussia Dortmund leapfrogged Bayern Munich to claim second place in the Bundesliga. After handing out a 4-0 thrashing of…Afterwards, Stoger confessed his disappointment with his side’s performance and the Dortmund coach voiced his opinion that Bayern are now a long way ahead of his own side.“We’re very disappointed. We completely lacked the fundamental virtues I always mention. We did’t put up enough resistance. Bayern exploited nearly every mistake. We’re a long, long way off Bayern at the moment.” said Stoger, according to the Bayern Munich website.Dortmund captain Marcel Schmelzer also conceded that they were the deserving losers in the encounter: “We had ambitious targets but you could see we didn’t show it. We didn’t go for the one-on-ones, we were always a step too slow, our opponents always had men over because they moved better. They played cat and mouse with us.”last_img read more