My 2021 best stocks to buy list: shares I think are poised for a recovery

first_img 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 Andy Ross | Sunday, 7th February, 2021 | More on: IHG NWG Markets around the world are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic…And with so many great companies trading at what look to be ‘discount-bin’ prices, now could be the time for savvy investors to snap up some potential bargains.But whether you’re a newbie investor or a seasoned pro, deciding which stocks to add to your shopping list can be daunting prospect during such unprecedented times.Fortunately, The Motley Fool is here to help: our UK Chief Investment Officer and his analyst team have short-listed five companies that they believe STILL boast significant long-term growth prospects despite the global lock-down…You see, here at The Motley Fool we don’t believe “over-trading” is the right path to financial freedom in retirement; instead, we advocate buying and holding (for AT LEAST three to five years) 15 or more quality companies, with shareholder-focused management teams at the helm.That’s why we’re sharing the names of all five of these companies in a special investing report that you can download today for FREE. 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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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Sharescenter_img Enter Your Email Address 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. At the beginning of the year, I curated a best-stocks-to-buy list of companies that I think could do well this year. This included a number of UK shares that I think are well positioned to see share price growth if the UK economy recovers.It has been suggested recently by the Governor of Bank of England that the vaccine rollout could mean an economic bounce-back relatively soon. This give me some optimism. All the more so given the stock market struggled at the end of January so shares have generally become cheaper.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…So what shares are on the list?The bank that makes it onto my list of best stocks to buyThere are a number of shares that could bounce back this year from the pandemic-induced slump. But foremost among them, I think, is Natwest Group (LSE: NWG). The shares are cheap according to a price-to-earnings ratio of only around six. This gives it, in my view, plenty of potential for future growth.The potential to reintroduce dividends is another appealing aspect to the bank’s shares at the moment. The balance sheet appears strong with a lot of capital and buffers in place, so regulators could relax rules in the coming months, potentially.However, I’d be wary of the potential for the government could sell its stake in the bank, which could act as a brake on the share price. I’m also concerned that, if the economy doesn’t bounce back, banks, including Natwest, would likely be among the biggest fallers. Overall though I’m positive about the bank’s prospects, based largely on the potential for the UK economy to recover and grow. Natwest remains high on my list of best stocks to buy.A hotel group that has weathered the Covid-19 storm well so farShares in Intercontinental Hotels (LSE: IHG) have bounced back very strongly since around this time last year. Yet I think positive sentiment around the company if travel opens back up again this year could drive the share price on further.IHG has strong brands, managing Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, and Intercontinental, which should help maintain its value. On top of that, it’s a franchise operation, which means lower costs than traditional hoteliers. That’s helped it through the worst of the pandemic. It’s even remaining profitable. That seems like quite some feat as demand for hotel rooms has been so low for almost a year.The pandemic does mean that debt is growing, so that’s a risk that investors need to be aware of. Net debt is 2.4 times the level of cash profits (EBITDA) at the end of 2019. The shares are also not cheap, so if the pandemic worsens, the share price fall could be steep.I remain optimistic though. In my opinion, the franchisor is well run and has the financial firepower to make it through any extended lockdowns. That’s why the share remains high on my list of best stocks to buy. Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. My 2021 best stocks to buy list: shares I think are poised for a recoverylast_img read more