Stock investing: a UK share I think will thrive after Covid-19

first_imgStock investing: a UK share I think will thrive after Covid-19 Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. The Covid-19 crisis has changed the world in countless ways. It’s an event that has changed the earnings outlook for scores and scores of UK shares. And it’s one I think has bolstered the profits picture for PZ Cussons (LSE: PZC).It’s clear that the pandemic has reset all our demands when it comes to maintaining a decent level of cleanliness. As a consequence, this UK share should expect demand for its soaps, its shower gels, washing liquids and laundry detergents to remain robust.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…Fresh financials from fellow UK fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) share Reckitt Benckiser this week illustrates how rapidly personal and home hygiene products are flying off the shelves. The FTSE 100 business said that like-for-like sales of its hygiene products rocketed almost 20% year-on-year in 2020.It’s a phenomenon that Reckitt expects to continue too. It says that “new consumer behaviours are becoming engrained” and that “concern remains that new variants will need a sustained high level of hygiene to ensure control.” The company says, too, that four in five people globally say they intend to keep these better hygiene habits going.On brandThe growing importance of personal and collective hygiene isn’t the only thing that should boost PZ Cussons either. This UK share, through old and beloved labels like Imperial Leather and Carex soaps and bath products, benefits from the brand power of such products. These can usually drive the top line during good times and bad. And the importance of having a strong brand could be more important now than ever.As Stephen Rogers, managing director at the Consumer Industry Center, recently told Deloitte: “In a time of so much uncertainty, when daily decisions about personal safety and financial wellbeing are made, most consumers are reaching for brands they trust.”But this spike in brand loyalty enduring at an elevated level is by no means guaranteed. Yes, brand power has become more important since the pandemic struck. But heavyweight brands have major competition too. Deloitte notes that “traditional brands have been losing ground to private label and niche brands over the past decade.”So despite its undeniable brand strength, PZC needs to work hard to keep those labels relevant and not assume they’ll stay in demand.There are also other issues that cloud PZ Cussons’ long-term outlook. Nigeria is one of the UK share’s most important markets, a region in which sales have suffered in recent years due to struggling oil prices. The rising use of green energy, could have a significant indirect effect on product sales here in the years ahead.A strong UK shareI still think that PZ Cussons is an attractive FTSE 250 share today for Stocks and Shares ISA investors like me. City forecasts can fail to live up to reality, of course. But brokers reckon earnings here will rise 1% and 8% in the financial years to May 2021 and 2022 respectively. This leaves the FMCG giant trading on a forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of around 25 times. See all posts by Royston Wild Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Enter Your Email Address I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. 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Royston Wild | Thursday, 25th February, 2021 | More on: PZC RKT “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. Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended PZ Cussons. 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Prime Minister urged to investigate shooting attack, threats, censorship

first_img News Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder PakistanAsia – Pacific News Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders calls on Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to assign sufficient resources to the investigation into a shooting attack on a well-known journalist’s home to ensure that those responsible are identified. The Rawalpindi home of Kamran Shafi, a leading columnist with the newspaper Dawn, was shot up on the night of 27 November.“I want to know who attacked my home,” Shafi told Reporters Without Borders. “I am not pointing my finger at anyone. This shooting was traumatic for me and my family but it will not make me stop writing.” The police have announced the arrests of two possible accomplices and have given Shafi protection.Reporters Without Borders also wants Prime Minister Gilani to provide an explanation for the threats that one of his ministers made against a reporter with a leading Karachi-based business newspaper and for the pressure that his government and the government of Dubai have put on Geo TV – a Pakistani station that broadcasts from Dubai – to get a talk-show banned.“When journalists who criticise the authorities are targeted, whether by gunshots or censorship attempts, it is a democratic government’s duty to guarantee their safety,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge the prime minister to do what is necessary to ensure that the investigations into these incidents are effective and to publicly say that press freedom applies to those who criticise the president and armed forces.”Reporters Without Borders added: “The progress that has been made in terms of press freedom must not be tarnished by this kind of incident.”A total of six shots were fired at Shafi’s home on the night of 27 November by an unidentified gunman who collected the spent bullet casings before leaving. The shots penetrated one of the rooms but Shafi and his family were unhurt because they were in a lower room.A former army officer who is nowadays a TV commentator as well as newspaper columnist, Shafi received a threatening phone call the day after the shooting. A woman’s voice told him that what had happened was just the “trailer” and that he would soon be shown “the entire film.” The police have arrested two employees of a public telephone store from where the call was made. They said it was made by a veiled woman.The columns that Shafi writes for Dawn have criticised abuses by Pakistan’s intelligence agencies, which operate outside of any government control, he says. Read one of his articles: http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspa…Meanwhile, Mushtaq Ghumman of Karachi’s leading business newspaper Business Recorder has received phone calls from aides of federal industry minister Mian Manzoor Wattoo threatening him with reprisals if he does not stop writing articles about corruption cases in which the minister is allegedly involved.Ghumman told Reporters Without Borders: “One of the minister’s protocol officials told me I would be taught a lesson if I did not change my behaviour.” Ghumman, who had asked the minister about a corruption case at a news conference, has not filed a complaint.Reporters Without Borders also condemns the attempts by officials in Islamabad and Dubai to obtain the cancellation Meray Mutabiq, a Geo TV talk show that is broadcast from Dubai. Hosted by Dr. Shahid Masood, the popular show is often very critical of President Asif Ali Zardari. As a result of pressure by the authorities of the United Arab Emirates, Geo TV was forced to broadcast the show from an undisclosed studio on 23 November. The daily newspaper The News quoted Masood as saying he had received death threats from Zardari supporters. Geo TV has described the episode as a recurrence of the kind of press freedom violation that took place under former President Pervez Musharraf. January 28, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists News December 3, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Prime Minister urged to investigate shooting attack, threats, censorshipcenter_img to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more April 21, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Pakistan RSF_en PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Organisation last_img read more

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