The FTSE 100 has stabilised following the wobble it experienced just under a fortnight ago. But investor appetite for UK shares hasn’t exactly roared back into life. Concerns over the Covid-19 crisis, and what this means for the British (and indeed world) economy remain high.

I don’t plan to stop buying FTSE 100 stocks though. There are plenty of blue-chip UK shares I think will provide big long-term returns regardless of any hiccups in the fight against Covid-19. In fact I’m lining up some top Footsie stocks to buy in August.

A high-risk FTSE 100 share

I’m still not convinced to buy shares in British Land Company (LSE: BLND) in August, however. The high street remains under extreme pressure due to lingering fears over infections and the rise of e-commerce. A British Retail Consortium study has shown that one in seven shops in Britain now lies vacant, a worrying statistic … Read more

Property e-marketplace Rightmove (LSE: RMV) reported a strong set of results this morning, further consolidating its position as the leading portal for real estate. 

Rightmove turns in good results

The FTSE 100 stock saw huge revenue growth of 58% in the first half of 2021 compared to the year before. There is, of course, a base effect at play here. This time last year, the numbers were poor because of the pandemic. But its revenue has risen by 4% compared to 2019 as well. This suggests that a genuine recovery is underway. Similarly, its operating profit is up 86% compared to 2020 and 6% from 2019. 

In terms of its operational highlights, Rightmove has also made progress. Its average revenue per advertiser (ARPA) is up 63% from last year and site visits are up 64% as well. The time spent per visit has also increased. 

It is positive about its … Read more

As we all know, house prices are skyrocketing. Mortgage lender Halifax says prices in June were 8.8% higher than the same month a year ago, with the average home now costing £260,358. 

Transactions are hitting all-time highs too, and some estate agents are reportedly charging fees for property viewings. So what is fueling the housing boom? Let’s take a look.

How much have house prices increased?

At the turn of the millennium, the ONS reports the average UK house price stood at £84,620. Five years later, prices hit £150,633, and by 2010, they rose even further to £167,459.

In 2015, prices had again risen, to £190,665.

Fast-forward to 2021, and the average home will now set you back over a quarter of a million pounds.

If you’re looking to get onto the property ladder, house price inflation is bad news as it’s now more difficult than ever to buy a … Read more

Shares in television group ITV (LSE: ITV) edged higher when markets opened this morning after the company said it will restart dividend payments this year. Management plans to set the payout at 5p per share, giving a forward yield of 4.1%. 

The latest numbers from the group show a strong recovery in advertising revenue and continued growth in programme making. I already own a few ITV shares, but should I be buying more of this stock for my portfolio after today’s news?

Getting back to normal

ITV’s revenue rose by 27% to £1,548m during the first half of 2021, compared to the same period last year. The group’s adjusted operating profit doubled to £327m.

These numbers look pretty impressive. But the reality is that many UK businesses are performing better this year than they were 12 months ago, as they recover from the impact of the pandemic.

What I want … Read more

With the Rolls-Royce (LSE: RR) share price dropping below 100p, I am tempted to buy this stock before the civil aerospace company’s recovery becomes fully realised.

But with possible further damage to the aviation sector brewing because of new variants of coronavirus such as the Delta variant, some investors might see this share as one to be avoided.

Here, I explain why I will be betting on a favourable future in 2021 for Rolls-Royce.

Another lockdown could be devastating for Rolls-Royce

First things first, I need to look at what another lockdown could mean for the Rolls-Royce share price.

With no planes in the air due to travel restrictions, Rolls-Royce would continue to lose revenue on its maintenance contracts as these are dependent on airtime. This would be a big blow for the company because these contracts contribute to Rolls-Royce’s main bulk of revenue, whereas the company only just about … Read more