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IAG was the best performing share in the FTSE 100 for February. Here’s why

first_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Enter Your Email Address IAG was the best performing share in the FTSE 100 for February. Here’s why International Consolidated Airlines Group (LSE:IAG) saw a share price rally of 38% in February. Anyone who has followed the moves in IAG shares over the past year know that volatility has risen. Mainly due to the impact of the pandemic, IAG has really struggled to maintain the level of financial performance investors would have been hoping for. So although it was the best-performing share in February, it’s still down 48% when we broaden the timeline to a year. Why the short-term pop?Full-year resultsThey say that a week is a long time in politics. I’d like to tweak that and say that a week is a long time in the stock market — a very long time. So much information gets digested every day that changes how companies are perceived. IAG shares have benefited from new information both about the firm specifically and the broader economy.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…Let’s start with the most recent news. IAG released full-year 2020 results late last week. They showed a stomach-churning loss of €7bn, which includes the consolidated performance from British Airways and Aer Lingus. The main reason for the loss was fairly obvious as passenger capacity was down. In Q4 2020, the group carried just 26.6% of the passengers it did in Q4 2019. For the year, it carried 33.5% of the 2019 numbers. IAG shares actually finished the day higher after the results were released. Why? A lot of this is to do with expectations. The market was expecting a terrible report, and so the share price had already dropped well before this week. The results were bad, but not as bad as they could have been, hence the rally. For example, cash and other liquid assets have been increased to over €10bn. Cost-cutting measures have also reduced expenses, such as the recent deferment of pension contributions. Overall, the full-year results were bad, but better than expected.IAG shares benefit from Covid recoveryAside from business-specific reasons, IAG shares also benefited during February from positive sentiment. The travel industry is one of the sectors most sensitive to news around the vaccination rollout and lockdown easing. During the past month, we had plenty of positive news in this regard.The UK vaccination programme has gathered pace, with over 20 million people vaccinated already. Alongside this, the UK plan to ease lockdown restrictions could mean a removal of all social distancing measures by June 21. These both give a shot in the arm (pun intended) to IAG shares. The airline group would be able to increase passenger capacity and flight numbers significantly in H2 if the above events remained on track.IAG shares performed well in February as expectations are being built in to the share price. Investors try and think ahead, with some likely buying now as they think that performance later this year will improve. How high could the share price go? Well the 38% move has taken the share price back above 190p. The 2020 highs were circa 450p, so although this is a target to aim for, it’s still some way off. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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. jonathansmith1 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. Image source: Getty Images center_img 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. Jonathan Smith | Monday, 1st March, 2021 | More on: IAG Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Jonathan Smith 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.last_img read more

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RSF’s 2015 Round-up: 54 journalists held hostage worldwide

first_img Related documents RSF’s 2015 Round-upPDF – 2 MB RSF_en Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is today publishing its annual worldwide round-up of journalists held hostage, imprisoned or missing. Organisation center_img According to RSF’s tally, 54 professional journalists – including one woman – are currently held hostage worldwide, a 35% increase on last year. It is no surprise that Syria is the country where non-state groups are holding the biggest number of journalists – 26. Islamic State alone is holding 18, mainly in Syria and Iraq.“A full-blown hostage industry has developed in certain conflict zones,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “We are very alarmed by the increase in the number of reporters held hostage in 2015. The phenomenon is above all linked to the big surge in abductions of journalists in Yemen, where 33 were kidnapped by Houthi militias and Al-Qaeda in 2015, against two in 2014. Thirteen are still being held hostage.”The number of journalists currently imprisoned, 153, is 14% fewer than this time last year. A total of 161 citizen-journalists and 14 media workers are also detained. China continues to be the world’s biggest prison for journalists, closely followed by Egypt, with 22 journalists currently held.Eight journalists were reported missing in 2015. These disappearances occur mainly in conflict zones, where instability makes it harder to conduct investigations to locate missing journalists, if indeed there is any investigation at all.Libya, where it is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain reliable information, is the country most affected by this problem. Four Libyan journalists and an Egyptian cameraman, all employed by privately-owned Barqa TV, were reported missing this year in Libya.In response to the scale and variety of dangers facing journalists, RSF has produced a fully revised and amended version of its Safety Guide for Journalists in partnership with UNESCO. Designed for reporters going to high-risk areas, it is full of practical advice on dealing with the dangers awaiting in the field and stresses the importance of preparing well before leaving. The handbook is available in print and online versions in French, English, Spanish and Arabic. News December 15, 2015 – Updated on March 8, 2016 RSF’s 2015 Round-up: 54 journalists held hostage worldwidelast_img read more