The Royal Mail share price jumps: is it too late to buy the stock? Enter Your Email Address 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. The Royal Mail (LSE: RMG) share price has really taken off over the past few months. Year-to-date, the stock is up 36%.Over the past year, its performance is even more impressive. Indeed, since the beginning of March 2020, the stock is up 180% excluding dividends. At just above 462p on Friday, shares in the delivery company are edging closer to their all-time high of 631p reached in May 2018.5G 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…This time last year, investors were deserting the company as it looked as if the pandemic would have a devastating impact on the business. As a result, the Royal Mail share price plunged to an all-time low of around 124p.However, exactly the opposite has happened. Rather than devastating the group’s business, the pandemic has provided windfall profits for the firm. Royal Mail has risen to this challenge. Management acted quickly to overhaul the group’s business, investing more in parcel delivery and operational efficiencies, which have allowed it to meet consumer demands.Without these changes, I don’t think the organisation would be in the position it is today.Royal Mail share price transformation For the past few years, Royal Mail has been losing market share to smaller, more nimble players in the delivery market. Unlike Royal Mail, which is obligated to provide a service to all properties in the UK, other firms can pick and choose their markets. For example, they can limit deliveries to London to maximise profitability. This is a challenge Royal Mail will likely always face. However, the group does have a big advantage over these firms. Its brand is recognised and trusted around the country, and most consumers know where their local Post Office is located.While the government-owned Post Office is run independently of Royal Mail, many people see them as one and the same. It’s far easier for many consumers to visit their local Post Office to send a package via Royal Mail rather than try and figure out how to organise a collection from another firm.Not that consumers need to visit a Post Office any more. Last year Royal Mail introduced a parcel pick-up service and parcel post boxes. These initiatives helped streamline the entire process for customers, at a time when the e-commerce market was booming.The challenge The big challenge Royal Mail now faces is maintaining its growth. It’s difficult to say whether or not it can hit this goal. The group faces stiff competition from all sides, and last year’s e-commerce boom may not last.What’s more, the group’s relationship with its workers has historically been quite unstable. These are all challenges the business will have to overcome as it advances. They also suggest there’s a chance the company could give up some of the progress it made last year with its new initiatives. 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The Government Thinks So Next: Lawmaker Pushes for Next Step in CFPB Reform Analysts have taken note of the turbulent economic activity in the first quarter, punctuated by a recent report from Fannie Mae forecasting only one rate hike by the Federal Reserve this year instead of two.Freddie Mac’s most recent economic outlook also indicated painted a somewhat murkier picture for the economy, though the report also stated that the slow Q1 economic activity should not affect the housing market this year.Now consumers are noticing the recent economic volatility. The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index for April dropped from 96.1 down to 94.2 in April (1985=100) following an increase in March that nearly erased a dismal February.According to the Conference Board, the Present Situation Index increased from 114.9 to 116.4 from March to April and the Expectations Index dropped from 83.6 to 79.3 during the same period. And while consumers’ appraisals of current conditions improved slightly in April, consumers surveyed had a generally less optimistic short-term outlook and had less favorable attitudes toward the labor market—there was an increase in the number of consumers who said they anticipate fewer jobs, while there was a decrease in the number of consumers who said they anticipate more jobs.“Consumer confidence continued on its sideways path, posting a slight decline in April, following a modest gain in March,” said Lynn Franco, Director of Economic Indicators at The Conference Board. “Consumers’ assessment of current conditions improved, suggesting no slowing in economic growth. However, their expectations regarding the short-term have moderated, suggesting they do not foresee any pickup in momentum.”“The fourth consecutive increase in the labor force participation rate amid solid job growth has slowed the decline in the unemployment rate, and, combined with anemic productivity growth, may help explain the failure of wages to accelerate more rapidly.”Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae Chief EconomistThe pessimism toward the labor market came despite a healthy monthly average of job gains of more than 220,000 in the first quarter. Fannie Mae Chief Economist Doug Duncan predicted that economic activity will pick up for the remainder of the year even after the slow Q1.“We expect a healthy labor market, the solid hiring trend seen during the last few months, and stronger household incomes to boost consumer spending over the rest of the year despite weak economic activity in the first quarter,” Duncan said. “The fourth consecutive increase in the labor force participation rate amid solid job growth has slowed the decline in the unemployment rate, and, combined with anemic productivity growth, may help explain the failure of wages to accelerate more rapidly.”The decline in consumer confidence, particularly the drop in expectations for better business conditions and more jobs for the next six months seems to have had an adverse effect on near-term plans for homebuying. 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Cristiano Ronaldo expects English clubs to challenge for European glory this season – but still believes Real Madrid will end up making Champions League history.Ronaldo was back in the goal-scoring groove on Tuesday night after an injury-hit World Cup for Portugal, scoring twice in the 2-0 Super Cup victory over Spanish rivals Sevilla in Cardiff.The reigning world player of the year was named the official man of the match by his former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and seems set for another trophy-laden campaign.”Madrid are going to be the first team,” Ronaldo replied when asked if Real could make Champions League history by retaining the title.”I hope so. Maybe we have the potential to be the best but I believe the players that Real Madrid have bought this season – James (Rodriguez), (Toni) Kroos and (Keylor) Navas – are going to give more support to the team and more quality.”I’m very happy with the quality that we have in the squad, so it’s fantastic and we are going to try and win all the trophies.” England’s Champions League challenge will be spearheaded by Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea while Arsenal will be aiming to overcome Besiktas, of Turkey, in the play-off round to join them in the group stages.”English teams are always there, they are always strong teams,” Ronaldo said.”Let’s see when the league starts and they buy the new players. We have to see what is going to happen.”For us, it’s good to win this trophy to give confidence to the team.”It means a lot. It was a very important trophy and we start on the right foot. “We played good, we played better than Sevilla, and I scored two goals coming back from my injury.”So it was a perfect night for me and I feel very pleased about that. My team-mates help me a lot to score the goals so it was a fantastic night.”Ronaldo paid special tribute to his fellow forward Gareth Bale, the Wales international setting up the first goal with a wonderful cross on the half-hour mark.”Bale was fantastic, he played amazing,” Ronaldo said.”He looks strong, he looks fast and is a very important player for us. “He had a fantastic season last year so it doesn’t surprise me the way he plays.”He showed his quality week by week and it’s great to have Gareth with us and be part of the success of Real Madrid.”I’m very glad to play with him to because he understands me and I understand him. He does fantastic passes and I love it.”Bale, the world’s most expensive player following his £86million move from Tottenham a year ago, is now fully settled at the club and expects Real to be a major force again this season.”When I came to Madrid I wanted to settle down off the pitch as soon as possible because I knew if I could concentrate on my football I knew what I was capable of,” Bale said. “I know everybody in the squad now. I feel comfortable and the second season you’re obviously feeling a lot better.”You miss some things about home, but I’m thoroughly enjoying it in Madrid and looking forward to the season.”In sport anything can happen but hopefully we’ll be strong again. We feel confident and will be trying our hardest to win every trophy.”