The Motley Fool

I think this FTSE 100 stock is one of the best UK shares to buy right now

Image source: Getty Images.

On Monday, a global stock market rally helped ease the FTSE 100 index back over the 6,000 mark. It was a strong start to the week for UK stocks, which have had a turbulent ride thus far.

Within the index, many stocks are trading well below average historic valuations, indicating many could be bargain buys. By contrast, others have turned in an impressive performance, despite the widespread fall in share prices.

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...

One of the best UK shares out there

Speaking of which, multinational consumer goods company Reckitt Benckiser (LSE: RB) has seen a bumper performance over recent weeks. Despite the company’s share price falling by 20% in the depths of the sell-off in equities, it has since sky-rocketed upwards by 37%.

I think it’s clear to see why. Reckitt Benckiser is a leading global consumer health and hygiene company. The group has operations in over 60 countries and owns an array of well-established brands. These range from Nurofen and Gaviscon to Dettol and Vanish, to name a few.

The company’s products have been in high demand as a result of the pandemic. In fact, its onset has led the group to a far better year than previously expected. First-quarter net revenue was 13.3% higher than the same period last year, rising to £3.5bn. Ultimately, Reckitt’s portfolio of brands has ensured that even in the current environment, sales remain resilient.

Looking ahead

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, sales growth had been sluggish and stubbornly low. As a result, the consumer goods company had intended to launch a new strategy this year, aimed at trying to uncover a way to deliver sustainable revenue and profit growth. It would seem that the onset of the global pandemic has enabled the group to deliver just that. But can this be replicated over the long term?

Looking ahead, it’s difficult to tell whether Reckitt will be able to carry forward this momentum in a post-pandemic world. At the moment, the group has admitted that it remains unclear whether bumper sales should be attributed mainly to stockpiling or simply an underlying rise in demand.

Either way, I think it’s clear that an increased awareness of the need for good hygiene can be expected once the virus is defeated or contained. In light of this, Reckitt is well positioned to capitalise on the health trend.

Final verdict

It’s worth noting that buy-and-hold investments in trusted consumer brands make up an essential element of investing genius Warren Buffett’s philosophy. In my eyes, the maker of the robust and sturdy selection of household goods won’t be going away any time soon. As such, buying Reckitt shares today, and holding them for at least five years, could deliver attractive returns over the long term.

A word of caution though, the shares don’t come cheap. The group’s price-to-earnings ratio of 20 sits above the average for the FTSE 100 index, which is approximately 15. That said, if strong earnings growth can continue, this figure will be more than justified in my view.

In light of impressive financial results, bright future prospects and a bumper performance amidst wider market turmoil, I rate Reckitt Benckiser as one of the best UK shares to buy right now.

Speaking of the best UK shares to buy right now...

A Top Share with Enormous Growth Potential

Savvy investors like you won’t want to miss out on this timely opportunity…

Here’s your chance to discover exactly what has got our Motley Fool UK analyst all fired up about this ‘pure-play’ online business (yes, despite the pandemic!).

Not only does this company enjoy a dominant market-leading position…

But its capital-light, highly scalable business model has previously helped it deliver consistently high sales, astounding near-70% margins, and rising shareholder returns … in fact, in 2019 it returned a whopping £150m+ to shareholders in dividends and buybacks!

And here’s the really exciting part…

While COVID-19 may have thrown the company a curveball, management have acted swiftly to ensure this business is as well placed as it can be to ride out the current period of uncertainty… in fact, our analyst believes it should come roaring back to life, just as soon as normal economic activity resumes.

That’s why we think now could be the perfect time for you to start building your own stake in this exceptional business – especially given the shares look to be trading on a fairly undemanding valuation for the year to March 2021.

Click here to claim your copy of this special report now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top Growth Share… free of charge!

Matthew Dumigan 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.

Our 6 'Best Buys Now' Shares

The renowned 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.

Simply enter your email address below to discover how you can take advantage of this.

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.