The Motley Fool

Why Royal Bank of Scotland plc Has Gained 41% Since This Time Last Year

Royal Bank of Scotland (LSE: RBS) (NYSE: RBS.US) has advanced 41% to 335p during the last twelve months, making the share one of the best performers in the FTSE 100 index.

The bank, which serves 24 million customers through 2,200 branches in the UK, seems to have impressed investors with a series of resilient statements.

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...

During February RBS announced its 2012 results, which showed core operating profits improving 5% to £6,341m.

The bank noted its expenses had dropped by 4% and impairments had declined by 13%, and also claimed its funding and liquidity positions were “very strong“.

During May, RBS issued a first-quarter statement that revealed “pleasing progress” alongside earnings of £393m and a net tangible asset value of 459p per share.

In addition, the Q1 update disclosed full-year operating costs would be lower than the City’s £13.2bn estimate.

Then last month, RBS disclosed half-year results that showed the bank’s first two consecutive quarterly profits since 2008. Total six-month earnings came in at £535m while the core tier 1 ratio advanced from 10.3% to 11.1%.

Stephen Hester, the chief executive of RBS, said at the time:

The results of our successful restructuring continue to show benefits — capital strength and liquidity up, balance sheet, Non-Core assets and Non-Core/Irish losses all down, again. The business challenges ahead lie principally in improving future operating trends and sustaining the focus and consistency needed to make further progress.

The next update from RBS will be published on November 1st, which may reveal further news that can encourage investors.

If you already own RBS shares and are looking for additional blue-chip winners, this exclusive wealth report reviews five particularly attractive FTSE possibilities.

Indeed, all five suggestions offer a mix of robust prospects, illustrious histories and dependable dividends, and have just been declared by the Fool as “5 Shares You Can Retire On“!

Just click here for the report — it’s free.

> Maynard does not own any share mentioned in this article.

“This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”

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.

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

Our 6 'Best Buys Now' Shares

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.

Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.