Royal Dutch Shell shares: is this a great time to buy?

first_img See all posts by Stuart Blair “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Enter Your Email Address 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. Stuart Blair owns shares of Royal Dutch Shell. 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. 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Oil stocks were some of the worst performers of 2020 and many oil companies are struggling to survive. The Royal Dutch Shell (LSE: RDSB) share price itself is still 50% off its peak. However, the past few weeks have been slightly more favourable to oil stocks. Indeed, the price of Brent crude oil has now hit $56 per barrel.I also believe that Shell’s recent decision to acquire the electric vehicle (EV) charging company Ubitricity is a sign of progress. As such, with demand potentially continuing to increase throughout 2021, is it the right time for me to buy Shell shares?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…The deal to buy UbitricityAlthough it was only announced yesterday, and the sum has not yet been disclosed, I believe that the deal to buy Ubitricity is a shrewd piece of business. This is despite the fact that Shell shares fell 3% on the day.Ubitricity operates the largest public EV charging network in the UK, and has also seen growth in France and Germany. I think the move to buy the company comes at a good time. Boris Johnson recently announced that the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles would be banned from 2030. A number of car companies, such as Volkswagen and Renault, have also increased electric car production this past year.This acquisition demonstrates Shell’s expansion into this fast-growing market. It also represents the company’s commitment to a net-zero emissions business. With climate change such a prominent issue within society right now, I believe this is essential for Shell’s longevity. This recent deal underlines a commitment to this future, and I think it will lead to gains in the Shell share price in the long term.Further factors to considerThe firm’s third-quarter trading update was actually fairly positive, considering the challenging environment. Indeed, profits of $489m represented a significant improvement in comparison to the $18.1bn loss in the second quarter. Gearing had also fallen by over 1% over the period, due to net debt falling. With the fourth-quarter update due at the start of February, signs of further improvements may therefore be met by gains in the Shell share price.Nevertheless, there are also negative factors to consider. For example, although the price of crude oil has been rising, lockdowns around the world may lead to falling demand, and tougher weeks to come. Joe Biden’s presidency may also lead to greater taxes, regulations, and restrictions on oil stocks.Would I buy (more) Royal Dutch Shell shares?Since news of the Covid-19 vaccine, the Shell share price has seen very large gains. This has reflected increased optimism within the oil market. But it’s still a long way away from its pre-Covid price. I already own Shell in my portfolio, and I’m tempted to add more. Although the long-term future of many oil stocks is in doubt, I believe Shell has shown sufficient commitment to renewable energy. This has included the sale of many of its assets, in order to invest further into renewable energy sources. The opportunity for further dividend growth in the next trading update may also boost investor sentiment. center_img Royal Dutch Shell shares: is this a great time to buy? Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Stuart Blair | Tuesday, 26th January, 2021 | More on: RDSB 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. Image source: Getty Images. last_img read more

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MSBs – Too hot to handle?

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Many credit unions have become concerned recently about having money services businesses (MSBs) as members. It’s no secret that regulators are looking at MSBs through a newly enhanced risk lens.Does that mean that you should not have MSBs as members? The answer is a resounding NO! It is possible to have MSBs as members while still managing the potential risk that may be associated with these businesses.So, how do you do it? First, you will need to establish a special monitoring program for these accounts that starts at account opening. Think “enhanced due diligence” when you open these accounts. In addition to typical CIP procedures, you’ll want to gather additional information such as what type of MSB they are, what MSB activities they engage in, whether they are registered with FinCEN, whether they have a BSA/AML program and establishing what typical transactions for them will be, to name a few.Then you need to conduct a risk assessment of the MSB and their activity. Areas to include in the assessment would be typical transactions, services offered, ownership, office locations, level of revenues produced by financial activities, as well as other considerations. Be sure to include traditional BSA/AML activities in the risk assessment. The results of the risk assessment will determine whether additional due diligence is required such as a review of their AML program, conducting an on-site visit, review of their training and written procedures, etc. continue reading »last_img read more

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HIV Response Unit: By 2030, No One Should Die of AIDS

first_img Share Share Share Sharing is caring! 46 Views   no discussionscenter_img LifestyleLocalNews HIV Response Unit: By 2030, No One Should Die of AIDS by: – December 20, 2019 Tweet                                 Lester Guye, National HIV/AIDS Response UnitThe HIV/AIDS Response Unit says it is taking very seriously its mandate to eliminate HIV/AIDS by 2030.The United Nations 2016 Political Declaration calls on the world to achieve specific goals in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.Those goals are to reduce new HIV infections to fewer than 500 000 globally; to reduce AIDS-related deaths to fewer than 500 000 globally and to eliminate HIV-related stigma and discrimination- all by the year, 2020.Acting Coordinator of the HIV/AIDS Response Unit, Lester Guye details, “By 2020, the world should be at the 90/90/90 level.”He explained that, “90% of people in the country who are HIV positive should know their status. Out of that percentage, 90% of them should be on anti-retroviral medication and out of that group, 90% of them should be virally-supressed.“That is also a prevention method. It means that once you are in care and virally-supressed, even if you are sexually-active and a condom should break or you decide to take a chance with your partner, the possibility of transmitting the disease is extremely low.’Guye hopes that “by 2030, which is a decade from now, no one should be dying of AIDS.”He says in 2030, if the goals are met, the virus may still exist but no death should result.last_img read more

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Man City’s De Bruyne recovering from illness

first_img De Bruyne and his family felt ill for around two weeks, but the Belgian international did not find out whether or not it was the virus. “I am doing well, to be honest,” De Bruyne told Sky Sports on Friday.“The first two weeks my family was sick so it was a little bit like up and down, but now they are all healthy.“We don’t know if we had it (coronavirus) or not but I think we’re doing well now.”With De Bruyne recovered, the midfielder is trying to keep as fit as he can while adhering to social distancing rules.The Premier League is suspended indefinitely because of the pandemic, but there remains a chance play will resume this season.“Well, the first two weeks was a little bit weird because I don’t know what’s going on,” De Bruyne said.“Then I managed to get a treadmill. I was swimming a little bit because I’m lucky to have a pool downstairs.“I was doing a couple of lengths but now mostly I’m doing a run and I would say every other day I would choose between swimming and doing some exercise, so I’m keeping fairly good for what we can on our own, I guess.”Asked if City are sending through information and drills, he said: “They send us like a fairly big programme.“I think at the beginning of lockdown some of the gym physios went to the club and made videos of what we can do, different types of exercises.Manchester City’s Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is recovering from illnessRead Also: Valencia drag Spanish FA to UEFA over European spots proposal“But there’s a few things that I like to do, obviously it’s more the running and the swimming exercise.“I do a little bit in-between but I’m not one for sitting like an hour or two hours in a gym.“I get bored of doing stuff on my own anyway so I prefer to do running, where I keep busy for myself and listen to some podcasts and all that stuff.” Kevin De Bruyne is recovering from an illness, but the Manchester City star says he is not sure if he had coronavirus.Advertisement Promoted ContentThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarian8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Madecenter_img Loading… FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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New White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany to make her Debut

first_imgThe new White House press secretary will take to the iconic podium on Friday and hold her first formal briefing by someone other than the president for reporters in more than a year.Kayleigh McEnany who had been the spokeswoman for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, and who is a frequent guest on the South Florida Morning Show, took over the job last month. Former Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders discontinued the practice of speaking for the President in March of last year, and her successor, Stephanie Grisham, did not hold any briefings. Grisham was also acting ast the First Lady Melania Trump’s press secretary.The president himself has spoken regularly from the podium during the coronavirus pandemic, and often holds court in the Oval Office or on the South Lawn with Marine One helicopter blades spinning in the background.McEnany is a University of Miami alum and a Harvard Law School graduate and she expected to brief reporters this afternoon.last_img read more

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Nicklaus confident Woods will break majors mark

first_imgNicklaus went through several major droughts in his career.He didn’t win for more than three years between the 1967 U.S. Open and his next title at the 1970 British Open. He went through a similar stretch after his win at the 1975 PGA Championship, not winning major No. 15 until the 1978 British Open.Of course, Nicklaus’ longest major-less run was a nearly six-year period until his dramatic final title at the 1986 Masters when he was 46 years old.Nicklaus said one major difference between his run and Woods’ chase is the national attention. Nicklaus didn’t even consider the historic context of his run until 1970 when a golf writer mentioned he had just won No. 10 — and the fourth of his six green jackets — at the 1972 Masters and trailed then-leader Bobby Jones by three.“I never worried about it,” Nicklaus said. “I wasn’t thinking about records at the time.”Woods’ goal was crystal clear from the time he began and has been a focus of media and fans. His drought is one of golf’s most captivating stories and something he won’t escape until he breaks through again,  Nicklaus said.“Each time you don’t win, obviously, makes it harder,” Nicklaus said.These days, the 73-year-old Nicklaus spends most of his recreation time on the tennis court  instead of the golf course. He said tennis is everything that golf is not for the casual player — quick, inexpensive and easy to learn.Nicklaus said golf is losing patrons because it takes too long to play, is difficult to pick up and can be costly.“We’re losing people and need to find a way to stop that,” he said.Besides, Nicklaus needs the free time to keep up with his 22 grandchildren, who seem to have an athletic event for him to attend nearly every day. His grandson, Nick O’Leary, is tight end for No. 8 Florida State tight and he caught three touchdowns in the Seminoles’ season-opening, 41-13, victory at Pittsburgh earlier this month. Nicklaus said he attends all the Florida State games and expects to be back in South Carolina next month then the Seminoles play at No. 3 Clemson on Oct. 19.Nicklaus said on his last visit to his college Ohio State, he spoke with Buckeyes football coach Urban Meyer and told him he’d already gotten tickets to the BCS title game in Pasadena, Calif., next January.When Meyer protested about jinxing Ohio State’s title run, Nicklaus joked, “Urban, I bought the tickets for Florida State. I hope you get there,’” he said. “He got a big kick out of that.”Should the Seminoles and Buckeyes meet in the Rose Bowl, there won’t be any split loyalties.“I’ll root for my grandson,” Nicklaus said. Golfer Jack Nicklaus, right, talks with Steven Ford at the JW Marriott on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in Grand Rapids, Mich. Nicklaus was visiting as part of an event called “A Conversation with Golf Legend Jack Nicklaus” in honor of President Gerald R. Ford’s Centennial Birthday. Steven Ford is President Ford’s son. (AP Photo/MLive.com, Cory Morse)   In this photo taken Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, Tiger Woods watches his shot after hitting from behind tree behind the first green in the second round of the BMW Championship golf tournament at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill. Woods was docked two shots at the end of his second round when his ball moved ever so slightly behind the first green. Video from a camera man hired by PGA Tour Entertainment showed the golf ball dip down as Woods was removing a twig before playing a shot from the trees. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)by Pete IacobelliAP Sports Writer  CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Jack Nicklaus remains confident Tiger Woods will surpass his mark of 18 major titles despite facing a level of competition the Golden Bear says as good as any that’s ever been in golf. Nicklaus was in Charleston for the opening of a pizza restaurant, in which he and son Gary are investors. Nicklaus said he’s never wavered from believing the 37-year-old Woods will eventually pull out of his majors drought — he hasn’t won one since the 2008 U.S. Open — and win the five titles necessary to move past NicklausThese days, Woods “has as many good players as we’ve ever had in the game,” Nicklaus said.With recent major champions like Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson playing top-level golf, the chances of one player dominating several majors in a short time as Woods did at times in achieving his 14 titles becomes less likely, Nicklaus said.Still, Nicklaus doesn’t waste much time worrying about holding on to his achievement.“If you look at it realistically, Tigers’ probably got another 10 years of top golf,” Nicklaus said. “That’s 40 majors. Can he win five of them? I think he probably will.”last_img read more

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