The BHP share price is fluctuating! Is this FTSE 100 mining stock worth buying?

first_imgThe BHP share price is fluctuating! Is this FTSE 100 mining stock worth buying? Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Kirsteen Mackay | Tuesday, 9th February, 2021 | More on: BHP See all posts by Kirsteen Mackay Kirsteen 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Image source: Getty Images. 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. FTSE 100 mining company BHP Group (LSE:BHP) has had a better than expected year considering the pandemic forced some mines to close. Rising commodity prices have helped the iron ore and copper producer offset losses in oil and gas. This share price rise helped BHP achieve the rank of top FTSE 100 company by market capitalisation after reaching a valuation of £115bn. But is it among the best shares to buy now?BHP share price fluctuationsFrom 2011 to 2016, the BHP share price declined. But from 2016 until today, it has rebounded nicely with a rise of 230%. However, it has fluctuated plenty during these five years. BHP’s price-to-earnings ratio is 17, earnings per share are £1.14, and its dividend yield is 4.7%.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…Mining shares make notoriously risky investments. That’s because a miner’s value is often closely correlated with commodity prices, which rise in low interest environments and fall when interest rates rise. We are enjoying a rising commodity price environment just now, and many metals are becoming increasingly sought after for renewables. This is tempting me to consider investing in the sector. 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More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Strength in operationsIn its half-year operational review, ended 31 December, BHP results were mixed. It achieved record production in iron ore and a rise in zinc, but copper production was flat. It bought a bigger stake in its Shenzi petroleum asset and it’s making excellent progress in its iron ore and potash projects.Like many of its peers, BHP is focussing its attentions on mining for the sought-after metals of the future. These include copper and nickel which are vital in the production of electric vehicles and renewable infrastructure. Nickel is essential to the lithium ion batteries used in battery electric vehicles. To this end, BHP’s Nickel West saw its nickel production increase by 31% in the six months to 31 December.Climate activism and electrification require mining to varying degrees, so BHP is doing its bit to improve its ESG rating. In the latest in a string of renewable agreements, BHP signed a 10-year contract to buy 50% of its electricity at its Kwinana Nickel Refinery from a big solar farm in Western Australia. It’s also moving away from coal and focussing on greener alternatives. To do this, it plans on selling its New South Wales Energy Coal unit, along with a stake in a Colombian coal mine. Doing so means it will incur a hit of between $1.15bn and $1.25bn on the asset. According to Refinitiv, BHP scores 87 out of 100 for ESG. This indicates an excellent ESG performance and high degree of transparency in reporting material ESG data publicly.Covid-19 poses challengesWith the pandemic not yet behind us, I think BHP could face continued disruption to production. In the second half of 2020 its petroleum production decreased by 12% and production of crude oil, condensate, and natural gas liquids decreased by 14%. Covid-19 also resulted in a 30% reduction in operational workforce in BHP’s Chilean assets, and this is likely to continue to be a challenging jurisdiction.I think the uncertainty combined with a high P/E means this stock is possibly getting on the expensive side. However, I do think its involvement in the metals of the future and respectable dividend yield make it appealing. I’m not rushing to buy BHP today, but I’ll keep it on my watch list.last_img read more

Fuel drives key skills initiative

first_img Comments are closed. Pitman Training and e-learning specialist Fuel have developed the firste-learning, Internet-based keyboard skills course. It follows research by the two companies that revealed UK companies wasteabout £8.5bn a year in employee resources because staff do not have thenecessary keyboard-based skills to work efficiently and ergonomically. “Many workers and their employees could gain perhaps a quarter of anhour a day most days of the week by improving their skills from typinginaccurately at less than 20 words a minute to an accurate 40 words aminute,” says James O’Brien, managing director of Pitman Training.”It requires investing just a few hours in learning and practice to reap avaluable benefit. “Keyboard training has not been given the priority it deserves in thetraining budgets of most organisations,” says O’Brien. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Fuel drives key skills initiativeOn 1 Mar 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Grienke’s All-Star bid strenghtned as ERA drops again in Dodgers’ 4-3 victory over New York Mets

first_imgAsked afterward if he had any extra incentive to be named the NL starter, the usually demure Greinke, already a two-time All-Star and making $25 million this season, predictably muttered: “No.”As for Harvey, the NL starter in the 2013 All-Star game coming back from Tommy John surgery could be justifiably nosed out by someone more deserving after he wobbled in giving up seven hits and five walks during his five-inning struggle that brought pitching coach Dan Warthen to the mound three times.Along with that, Harvey also endured one of his famous chronic bloody noses that just added to his misery.Battered and bruised, Harvey (7-6, 3.11) was gone long before the special elongated rendition of “God Bless America” during the Fourth of July seventh-inning stretch performed before an announced crowd of 51,252 waiting for fireworks to begin. Dodgers third baseman Alberto Callaspo, starting for the rested Justin Turner, drove in two runs with a pair of singles and was robbed of a third hit with a bases-loaded sharp grounder in the first inning. Adrian Gonzalez hit his 15th homer of the year, a solo shot to right field in the fifth inning, to highlight what could be called a Dodgers’ offensive explosion of late. After the MLB All Star teams picked electronically by the fans and judiciously by the players are announced today, the managers get down to filling out the pitching staffs for the July 14 exhibition.The Dodgers’ Zack Greinke, already a lock to get an invite as it is for the National League roster by manager Bruce Bochy, made his latest conserted pitch to be earmarked as the game’s starter based on his seven-inning shutout outing in Saturday’s unnecessarily tight 4-3 win over the New York Mets in a regionally-televised game.Greinke’s MLB-best ERA shrunk to 1.48 in 115 1/3 innings and he extended his scoreless-innings streak to a career-best 27 2/3 innings, carefully misplacing four hits (two in the first inning) without a walk and having just two runners get as far as second base.The only real struggle for Greinke, 7-2 with his second win of the week, was trying to keep his batting helmet over is flowing locks while overswinging at a strike in a sixth-inning at bat against his counterpart, Matt Harvey. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img They could have had plenty more than just four runs to give to Greinke and four needed relievers.In innings two through four, the Dodgers had seven batters reach base by four walks and three hits, loading the bases twice, but only brought one of them home. Greinke, who singled in the fourth inning, left the bases loaded in the sixth when he flied out to right as the last batter Harvey faced.Both Harvey and Greinke (7-2) made 100 pitches. Greinke just made his more efficient.“He’s doing what he always does ‑ hitting the fastball on both sides of the plate, throwing the changeup, mixing in the slider and curveball and knowing exactly where to go with every single hitter,” said manager Don Mattingly. “Zack has the weapons and does his homework.”Greinke said the current scoreless streak, which escliped the 24 innings stretch he had with Kansas City in April of his Cy Young Award season of 2009, may or not be considered better because “I just don’t think of the past or the future.” Although he did recall having a streak of some 36 innings while with the Royals when he didn’t allow an earned run that came about because of a scoring change.The Mets were only able to chip away at the scoreboard after Greinke left with a 4-0 lead ‑ and Mattingly said Greinke would have likely not been lifted for a pinch hitter had his spot not come up as what was the last out in the bottom of the seventh.Three runs and five hits off the Dodgers’ bullpen over the last two innings made it uncomfortable.Reliever Adam Liberatore gave up a double to Lucas Duda to bring home the first New York run ‑ charged to Yimi Garcia ‑ with two outs in the eighth. Wilmer Flores followed with a single off reliever Pedro Baez to bring in another run ‑ charged to Liberatore.Pinch hitter John Mayberry Jr. flied out to center with runners on first and third to end the inning.The Mets brought the tying run to the plate just two pitches into the ninth when Baez opened the inning hitting Ruben Tejada with a pitch. Kevin Plawecki followed with a single up the middle.With J.P.Howell warming in the bullpen ‑ and not usual closer Kenley Jansen, whom Mattingly was saving because he had pitched in three of the last four games ‑ Tejada went to third and scored via two deep flies to Yasiel Puig in right field.Mattingly then summonedthe left-hander Howell to face the left-handed hitting Curtis Granderson. Howell recorded his first save since 2011, striking Granderson out on four pitches, the last an off-speed pitch that broke down and outside.last_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Record low returns for fall Klamath kings

first_imgStill reeling from four years of drought and less than ideal ocean and river conditions, it’s no surprise that the number of returning Fall Chinook to the Klamath Basin in 2016 were the lowest on record.According to the CDFW, the 2016 preliminary postseason river run size estimate for Klamath River Fall Chinook was 27,353 adults compared to the preseason-predicted river run size of 54,000. Only 15,818 adults escaped to natural spawning areas, which was well below the 40,700 adults needed for …last_img read more

Sunday Funnies

first_imgHere are some silly evolution claims crossing the news wires.  Some evolutionists appear to have little more to do than speculate and spin stories.Could extraterrestrial life be cute?  That’s the question Rob Pyle asks on Space.com, inspired by the new film Earth to Echo.  Trouble is, leading SETI experts like Seth Shostak agree that the fictional tale “might have a bit of extraterrestrial truth at its core” – that being that the first alien visitors to Earth might be robots, like the “ridiculously cute” owl robot in the film.  Like everything else in SETI, though, “We really don’t know — we can only guess,” Shostak admitted.Cosmic impacts may help create suitable habitats for life.  That’s a recent headline from Live Science by the NASA guys at Astrobiology Magazine.  As usual, they send in their universal answer to everything—space bombs—to solve every problem.  “Cosmic impacts are known to trigger mass extinctions on Earth,” Charles Q. Choi begins his speculative vision. “However, a new study adds to evidence that asteroid and cometary bombardment can also shelter life by generating pores in rocks that shelter microbes from damaging radiation.”  Wasn’t that radiation the very thing that helped give birth to life?A slime in time:  How to solve the “boring billion” years when life got stuck in microbe mode?  Becky Oskin on Live Science explores the epoch “When Slime Ruled” to find answers to why the smart one-celled organisms that had “mastered photosynthesis” didn’t evolve into human evolutionary storytellers in all that time.  The new plot is that plate tectonics got stuck for awhile, leaving the slime with nothing new to adapt to.  “This represents a unique period of environmental, evolutionary and lithospheric stability,” she writes. Well, then, where were the impactors in all that time to kick-start their Darwinian urges to innovate?Insect diet helped early humans build bigger brains, study suggests.  Yes, evolutionists at Washington University in St. Louis inform us that “It may well have been bugs that helped build our brains.”  Maybe that’s why the Neanderthals died out; they were part vegetarian, MIT found (Oh, wait, that was after they already had big brains).  If this were a law of nature, though, how come insect-eating birds, bats, frogs, and spiders kept their small brains for many more millions of Darwin years?Human Language Rooted in Monkey ‘Song,’ Scientists Suggest.  It’s hard to know if this droning entry on Live Science by Tanya Lewis deserves the dignity of analysis.  It’s even accompanied by a cartoon.  Et tu, Science Daily?  Mothers of toddlers might concur with the notion that their chattering little ones belong in a primate cage at the zoo (or a bird cage, since birds were also presumably our language forbears), but really: must we look to silvery gibbons for Shakespeare?  Especially when a linguist from MIT admits, “One of the big mysteries in the evolution of humans is the evolution of language — it appears to have come out of nowhere 100,000 years ago.  There was nothing like it before, and [there is] nothing like it in other animals.”  So be it.What you always wanted to know:  Scientists at Georgia Institute of Technology must have really been hurting for subject matter when they decided to measure if all animals take the same time to pee (this made it into the prestigious National Academy of Science proceedings).  The matter of “fluid ejection from animals,” they said, is “a universal phenomenon that has received little attention.”  No wonder.  Both rats and elephants need about 21 seconds to complete the task, they found.  Some good may come of this, PhysOrg says: “Understanding the urinary tract, a mechanism that works at many different size scales, could also help engineers build better devices that rely on fluid flow, from above-ground water tanks to water-efficient toilets.”  We don’t recommend, however, that they imitate the biological shape of the fluid ejection devices.Science news like this almost makes one want to become a creationist, just for the sanity.  What’s incredible is that the evolutionists aren’t laughing.  They take this all very seriously.  A little competition would be good for origin science (see 6/25/14 commentary).That last entry about urination was the only one that didn’t mention evolution.  At least it represented science that is observable, testable, and repeatable. (Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Tip-offs help police net criminals

first_img27 August 2014Tip-offs to the Crime Stop and Crime Line resulted in the arrest of 32 people in connection with suspected crimes during the month of July, the South African Police Service said on Tuesday.Police spokesperson Lieutenant General Solomon Makgale said the majority of the arrests were for the possession of and dealing in drugs such as dagga, cocaine, mandrax and crystal meth. Three people were arrested for dealing in drugs and 15 for being in possession of drugs.Three others were arrested for fraud, three for contraventions in terms of selling liquor, and two for the importation of Schedule 6 substances without the necessary permit.Makgale said medication worth approximately R1.5-million was seized at OR Tambo International Airport during this last arrest.National Police Commissioner General Riah Phiyega thanked all citizens who heeded the call to become involved in the fight against crime.“Any contribution, including making an anonymous tip-off via the Crime Stop or Crime Line numbers, is truly appreciated. No offence is too minor to report,” Phiyega said, adding: “A person involved in minor crimes could well turn to committing more serious and violent crimes.”Crime Line head Yusuf Abramjee encouraged the public to continue blowing the whistle on crime, saying: “Tip-offs work. It is every citizen’s moral and civic obligation to speak out against crime and criminals.”Abramjee added that the ongoing Crime Line and Crime Stop successes proved that “the role of the public in assisting police to fight crime is of principal importance”.Tip-offs can be made anonymously via Crime Stop (0860 010 111) and Crime Line (SMS 32211).Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Dan Uetrecht, Oct. 29

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We started planting wheat Oct. 1 and 2 and got 140 acres planted and we planted another 15 acres on Oct. 8. The first wheat got all of that heat and I think it was up in 4 days. The wheat planted later hit that cold spell but it is up and looking good. It is off to a good start.We finished the corn and first-crop soybeans last Thursday the 25th. That was a great feeling. There is no bigger satisfaction you have than getting the crop in the bin. We still have about 120 acres of double-crops to do and I have some to do for a neighbor.This will be the best corn crop I’ve ever raised. Corn quality was great. The beans were a little disappointing and it’s my fault. The first 100 acres we planted looked phenomenal. They had frogeye but they looked good and they were far enough along that I chose not to spray. I harvested that 100 acres and they went 50 bushels and had some quality issues. We moved down to another field with the same variety planted a day later and they went 77 bushels with a fungicide sprayed on them. Thankfully we sprayed 75% of our beans. If there is frogeye pressure in the future, I am spraying. It cost me in yield and in grain quality. I have never seen anything like that. There were still some quality issues even where I sprayed.With corn, yields were up in the 240 or 250 range. For the soybeans, I had that field go 77, and I had some in the 60s on down to the low 50s.We got .6-inch of rain this weekend and I think guys will be in the field today or tomorrow because we are supposed to get heavy rains later in the week. I am hoping we can run at my neighbor’s while we wait for the double-crops to get ready.I am so thankful we have storage. In a year like this, storage is going to be critical. We tend to be price takers and this year if you are going to be able to take advantage of basis and do some marketing things you have to be able to store it.last_img read more

Beermen outlast Kings

first_imgLATEST STORIES View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Japeth Aguilar had 18 points and LA Tenorio 16 for the Kings.Earlier, Alaska nipped also-ran KIA Picanto, 102-94, for its third straight win that kept the Aces in the running for a playoff berth.Knowing it has no form of luxury to spare with its bid in hanging by a thread, the Aces survived a great test of character to live another day.“Boy, they gave us more than what we wanted,” Alaska coach Alex Compton said. “We were struggling for a while.”Calvin Abueva scored 26 points and had 15 rebounds to lead the Aces.Compton knows the Aces need all the character they can muster as they close out their elimination round stint against Meralco on Friday and against Rain or Shine next week.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Jota draws, keeps share of top spot with Pascua, Garma PBA IMAGESBased on what he saw Sunday night, Leo Austria feels that San Miguel Beer’s chances in the PBA Governors’ Cup—and the Beermen’s historic Grand Slam bid—are in good hands with import Terrence Watson.Suiting up a third import in just over three weeks, the Beermen broke away early from Barangay Ginebra to snap the Gin Kings’ seven-game winning streak, 107-103, at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals02:41RSA reminds Ginebra to stay humble after back-to-back PBA titles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary JVee Casio hit 12 of his 20 points in the fourth period, and LaDontae Henton had a clutch triple with under a minute left that broke the game’s last tie at 94 and sent the Aces to a 3-6 record.The bottom four teams after the eliminations will get the boot, and the Picanto continue to bring up the rear with their ninth straight defeat.Geron Johnson had 39 points, including a three-pointer before the Henton conversion that kept the Picanto in the game. KIA led for majority of the contest, only to be held to just 17 points in the fourth period.ALASKA 102 – KIA 94ALASKA 102—Abueva 26, Henton 20, Casio 20, Exciminiano 14, Banchero 11, Thoss 4, Racal 3, Baclao 2, Cruz 2, Mendoza 0, Magat 0, Pascual 0, Galliguez 0, Enciso 0.KIA 94—Johnson 39, Paniamogan 12, Elorde 11, Yee 11, Khobuntin 10, Ballesteros 4, Celda 3, Jaime 2, Corpuz 2, Revilla 0, Camson 0, Salva 0.Quarters: 23-27, 46-51, 67-77, 102-94 WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next The win also put San Miguel back in top four contention in the season-closing conference.“There are still a lot of [import] options for us,” Austria said of Watson. “But after tonight, considering that this was just his first game and after having just two practices with us, he’s OK.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWatson scored 28 points and had 17 rebounds and four locals tossed in twin digits as the Beermen rose to 5-3 and tied TNT KaTropa for fourth spot.It was Ginebra’s second loss in nine games and the Gin Kings, who trailed by as many as 26 points, dropped into a tie for the lead with NLEX. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Portland vs LAFC: Match preview & live stream

first_imgMLS Portland Timbers vs Los Angeles FC: TV channel, live stream, team news & match preview Goal Last updated 1 year ago 14:45 5/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Laurent Ciman MLS LAFC 04292018 Kirby Lee MLS Portland Timbers v Los Angeles Portland Timbers Los Angeles Giovanni Savarese’s side looks to extend its winning streak to five games against a team that’s putting together a strong expansion season Two of the Western Conference’s top sides meet at Providence Park in an afternoon showdown on Saturday.The Portland Timbers surge into the game on the back of a four-match win streak, including last weekend’s late 1-0 victory over their biggest rival Seattle. Meanwhile, visiting Los Angeles FC has put together the best 10-game start for an expansion team in MLS history. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Bob Bradley’s men have a 6-2-2 record and haven’t lost in six games, but will face a big challenge when they visit a Portland side that has won all three of its home games so far in 2018.  Game Portland Timbers vs Los Angeles FC Date Saturday, May 19 Time 3 p.m. ET Stream (US only) fuboTV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch Sebastian Blanco Portland Timbers MLSWatch Portland vs LAFC live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser.Squads & Team News Position Portland players Goalkeepers Attinella, Gleeson, McIntosh Defenders Andriuskevicius, Cascante, Farfan, Jadama, Mabiala, Miller, Olum, Powell, Ridgewell, Tuiloma, Valentin Midfielders Arboleda, Asprilla, Blanco, Chara, Barmby, Flores, Guzman, Paredes, Valeri, Williamson Forwards Adi, Armenteros, Ebobisse, Langsdorf, Polo David Guzman has been out since early March with a knee injury and is nearing a return, but likely won’t play a part on Saturday. Center back Bill Tuiloma and left back Vytas are both also listed as questionable. Potential starting XI: Attinella; Powell, Mabiala, Ridgewell, Valentin; Paredes, Chara, Polo; Valeri, Blanco; Adi Position LAFC players Goalkeepers Lopez, Lyon, Miller Defenders  Beitashour, Blackmon, Ciman, Zimmerman, Gaber, Harvey, Jakovic, Moutinho Midfielders Atuesta, Feilhaber, Horta, Kaye, Kovar, Mallace, Murphy, Nguyen Forwards Blessing, Brewer, Vela, Rossi, Urena, Diomande Forward Marco Urena is still out after undergoing facial surgery. Bradley’s side is otherwise healthy and suspension-free. Potential starting XI: Miller; Beitashour, Ciman, Zimmerman, Harvey; Atuesta, Feilhaber; Blessing, Vela, Gaber; RossiBetting & Match OddsPortland is the favorite to win, with even odds on a win according to dabblebet, while a LAFC away victory is priced at 12/5 and the draw is available at 5/2.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for MLS, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Game PreviewCarlos Vela LAFC MLS 03102018After a five-game winless streak to start his time as Portland manager, Giovanni Savarese now has his team hitting a run of good form. Savarese’s side has won four straight games to move up to fifth in the Western Conference standings, with Sebastian Blanco’s late strike giving the Timbers a 1-0 win over Seattle last week. Blanco has been key this season with five goals, but its been the Timbers defense that has led the way in recent games. Savarese’s side has now put together a scoreless streak of 279 minutes, but that run will be put to the test on Saturday against LAFC. Bob Bradley’s men are coming off an entertaining 2-2 draw against New York City FC last weekend, a result that further established LAFC as one of the league’s top teams despite its expansion status. Only three MLS teams have more goals than LAFC in 2018 and only four have a better goal differential. Portland will still feel confident heading into Saturday’s game, as the Timbers have yet to drop points at home in 2018.But LAFC has already demonstrated its comfort away from home, having won four matches during its six-game road trip to begin the season.last_img read more