With the UK moving forward with its lockdown-easing plan, it seems as if the outlook for the economy is on the up. With that being the case, I’ve been searching for so-called ‘recovery stocks’ to add to my portfolio to profit from the bounce. Here are two of my favourites. 

FTSE 100 recovery stocks

At the top of my list is financial giant Barclays (LSE: BARC). I think banks are one of the best ways to play the pandemic recovery. These businesses could benefit from improving economic activity, leading to more lending and fewer loan losses.

At the same time, higher interest rates could boost profits, although it could be a while before the Bank of England decides to hike rates. 

That’s not to say Barclays is without its risks. Another economic shutdown would inflict more pain on the lender and its clients. Further, if interest rates remain depressed … Read more

I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the strong move higher in Royal Mail (LSE:RMG) shares over the past year. Having owned (and sold) shares in the business several years ago, I never expected the company to get the share price anywhere near the IPO level. Yet with it currently trading above 500p (up 280% in a year), it could exceed the levels seen back in 2013 shortly. In fact, I think this is a very real possibility.

The story over the past year

There have been several drivers contributing to the rally seen in Royal Mail shares over the past year. The main one, in my opinion, has been the growth in parcel deliveries. This has been bumped up due to the lockdowns. Simply put, with so many shops closed, online delivery has been the only option. Royal Mail has been the natural beneficiary here.

In the trading update to the … Read more

UK share investors need to be careful before taking the plunge with penny stocks. Stocks which cost less than £1 apiece can be subjected to extreme price volatility due to their low cost. Investors need to be on their toes and be tolerant of a little more risk before buying these sort of shares.

That said, I don’t think that investing in penny stocks should be dismissed out of hand. There are many top UK shares in this bracket which have the potential to deliver huge shareholder returns in the years ahead. Here are three I’m thinking of buying for my ISA.

A medical marvel

Demand for medical cannabis is tipped to detonate over the next decade. And one potentially-lucrative way for stock investors to play this theme is to invest in Kanabo Group (LSE: KNB).

This UK share — which only began trading in London last month — … Read more

With the end of the tax year fast approaching, I’ve been thinking about some of the best FTSE 100 shares I could buy inside a Stocks and Shares ISA for the remainder of 2021 and beyond.

Two companies that immediately sprang to mind were index titans Unilever (LSE: ULVR) and Diageo  (LSE: DGE). Both are in the top five largest companies by market capitalisation within the FTSE 100 index.

With that in mind, here’s a closer look at why I think they’re among the best UK shares to buy for my investment ISA.

A global reach and much-loved brands

First up, I’m going to discuss Unilever. The multinational consumer goods company is a real industry giant. In fact, its many brands are household names across the world.

It wouldn’t be going too far to say that Unilever has a truly global reach, which is a quality that has enabled … Read more

The ITV (LSE: ITV) share price has pretty much doubled over the last six months, which is good news for my own portfolio. Today, I’ll briefly summarise why I think there could be even more upside ahead. I’ll also touch on a bargain small-cap stock whose value should rise in tandem with the FTSE 250 broadcasting giant.

ITV share price: reasons to be bullish 

Perhaps the biggest reason for me to remain bullish on ITV is that revenue should rebound over the rest of 2021. Encouragingly, this month’s full-year report included mention of “more positive trends in the advertising market in March and April“. Most of its programmes are also back in production. 

Should all go as planned, I can see ITV restarting dividends. This should be a further catalyst for the shares to keep climbing as income investors pile back in. Additional gains could come from the … Read more