Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and government lockdowns, aircraft have been grounded for many months. Although restrictions have eased and flights have resumed, airlines are still not utilising their full fleets. With that in mind, it’s not surprising that aviation stocks on the FTSE have taken a huge hit. However, with the beginning of a recovery finally in sight, I’m starting to look at interesting opportunities in the aviation industry.

One stock I like the look of is Meggitt Group (LSE:MGGT).

FTSE 250 opportunity

Meggitt Group is an engineering firm that operates in three divisions: civil aerospace, defence, and energy. Aerospace produces core components that many aircraft rely on. MGGT’s markets for aerospace include civil aircraft, helicopters, engines, and business jets. Over 50% of the group’s revenue comes from its aerospace division. Defence is the second biggest revenue generator for MGGT, with over 30% from military aircraft, vehicles, naval, … Read more

Cloud-data software maker Snowflake priced its initial public offering at $120 a share, above the marketed range, according to a person familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified.

The San Mateo, Calif.-based company planned to sell 28 million shares for $100 to $110 each, a range that was boosted from $75 to $85, according to filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Snowflake, founded in 2012, is a rare challenger to Amazon as a provider of public cloud storage and services. In the fiscal year that ended Jan. 31, Snowflake’s revenue soared 174% to $264.7 million compared with the previous fiscal year, the company reported. In the sixth months that ended July 31, sales were $242 million, a 133% year-over-year increase.

The offering is being led by Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. Snowflake’s shares are expected to begin trading Wednesday on the New York … Read more

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Want to be a more agile marketer? Create more process.

While it may seem counterintuitive, process can increase your marketing agility. Like oil and water, process and agility are challenging to blend. Processes are firm, exacting and inflexible. Agility is fluid, iterative and flexible. But the two can be successfully combined.

Whether fulfilling a customer order, launching a campaign, or onboarding a new employee, process provides a necessary foundation for agility to thrive. The trick is building the right processes in the right way.

Process receives a bad rap, for good reason

A marketer’s eyes will glaze over at the mere utterance of process, governance and compliance. Many marketing professionals find processes punishing, restrictive and limiting to their creative freedom. And the research bears it out.

A 2019 global study of 5,000 employees conducted by OnePoll found that more than a third of a worker’s typical working … Read more

Neymar Jr will not only wear PUMA boots on pitch, but will be a brand ambassador off-pitch, wearing PUMA’s most important lifestyle, training, and sport-inspired footwear and apparel products

Global sports company PUMA has signed a long-term partnership with Brazilian football player Neymar Jr. and NR Sports, the company which holds the image rights of the athlete, one of the most successful athletes of his generation, who will wear PUMA’s legendary PUMA KING football boot.

Neymar Jr will not only wear PUMA boots on pitch, but will be a brand ambassador off-pitch, wearing PUMA’s most important lifestyle, training, and sport-inspired footwear and apparel products.

“Neymar Jr joining our PUMA Family is fantastic”, said Bjørn Gulden, CEO of PUMA. “He is one of the best players in the world and extremely influential for global football and youth culture. We are very excited and look forward to working with him both … Read more

The FTSE 250 index has weakened a bit in September after inching up last month. This is not surprising. Coronavirus cases have surged again, leading to new restrictions on public activity. There is danger that Brexit arrangements will break international law. Improvement in economic activity, while still steady with a 6.6% growth in July, has tapered from the month before. It remains to be seen if this increase can be sustained post-October when the furlough scheme is withdrawn. 

Opportunities in the slow down

In a nutshell, uncertainties abound. There may even be another stock market crash. However, it can still be an opportunity for investors, as we at the Motley Fool have been reiterating in the past months. I’m of the view that the best bets right now are beaten down stocks like Britain’s food services businesses, which include pubs and restaurants among others. 

The reason is simple. All … Read more