The Unilever share price is struggling. I’d buy this FTSE 100 stock now!

first_img Image source: Getty Images. There’s a ‘double agent’ hiding in the FTSE… we recommend you buy it! The Unilever (LSE: ULVR) share price has fallen to levels not seen since the pandemic-induced stock market crash of 2020. In contrast to some of my Foolish colleagues, I think this might represent a great buying opportunity. Let me explain.Unilever share price: Groundhog Day?Back in March, investors sold what they could to preserve their capital. As one of the biggest (and therefore most ‘liquid’) UK stocks, it was perhaps inevitable that a FTSE 100 juggernaut like Unilever would be sacrificed by so many in the stampede.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…Even so, that sell-off was scary. From mid-February to mid-March, Unilever’s share price fell almost 20%! Despite riding the recovery wave like so many other UK stocks since then, it’s now sunk back to below the 4,000p mark.  Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I can understand why this must be frustrating for committed ‘buy-and-hold’ investors, particularly those who began buying back in August 2019 when the Unilever share price had climbed to almost 5,200p. So, what’s going on?Why has Unilever sold off again?There may be a few reasons. Chief among these is how the company is currently trading. Put simply, Unilever’s recent set of full-year numbers fell short of analysts’ expectations. At a time when many consumer staple stocks are benefiting from multiple lockdowns, the £100bn cap is struggling to increase profits.Another reason is that Unilever just isn’t a very exciting business. How could it possibly compete with the hype and noise associated with (temporary?) market darlings such as US electric car maker Tesla? To use another example, why would anyone leap at the top-tier giant when there are some UK stocks climbing 200% in just one week?I get it — Unilever is boring, boring, boring. But that’s why I like it. Moreover, investment decisions should never be made on just a single year’s earnings, at least in my opinion. We need to look at the big picture.Quality stockIn many ways, Unilever is still the great defensive company it’s always been. Here are a few attractions that jump out at me. Consistently high margins and returns on capitalA truly global playerA reliable dividend payerManageable levels of net debtStrong corporate governance and ‘green’ credentialsA monster portfolio of brands/products that people repeatedly buy. The FTSE 100 has some great stocks and some truly awful laggards. Based on the above, Unilever is surely in the former camp.Another optionOf course, no business is perfect. Unilever’s growth rate is admittedly sluggish (although I think the beauty division is destined to bounce back when lockdowns lift). Moreover, not every investor will want to own the shares directly due to their risk tolerance and/or investing horizon.This being the case, a fund holding a substantial portion of its money in the FTSE 100 giant might be more appropriate. Clearly, there’s no shortage of candidates here. Star stock-picker Nick Train, for example, has 8.8% of his near-£6.5bn LF Lindsell Train UK Equity fund invested in the company. That’s a conviction holding if I ever saw one!  Unilever share price: the bottom lineUnilever’s average price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio over the last five years has been a little under 21. Given that it now trades on just 17 times earnings, I think this stock could prove an absolute steal in time. The time to buy quality is when it goes on sale. This may be the case now with Unilever.  Click here to get access to our presentation, and learn how to get the name of this ‘double agent’! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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. Enter Your Email Address See all posts by Paul Summers Don’t miss our special stock presentation.It contains details of a UK-listed company our Motley Fool UK analysts are extremely enthusiastic about.They think it’s offering an incredible opportunity to grow your wealth over the long term – at its current price – regardless of what happens in the wider market.That’s why they’re referring to it as the FTSE’s ‘double agent’.Because they believe it’s working both with the market… And against it.To find out why we think you should add it to your portfolio today… Paul Summers | Wednesday, 24th February, 2021 | More on: ULVR TSLA The Unilever share price is struggling. I’d buy this FTSE 100 stock now! 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. Paul Summers has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Tesla. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Unilever. 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.last_img read more

Witchhunt in Niger

first_img The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Receive email alerts November 27, 2020 Find out more News to go further Reports The conviction of Niger newspaper editor Moussa Aksar is an attack on investigative journalism RSF_en Niger: Two journalists arrested in disturbing setback for press freedom June 8, 2016 – Updated on June 9, 2016 Witchhunt in Niger Follow the news on Niger Policemen in Niger – ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP NigerAfrica Condemning abuses ImprisonedFreedom of expression NigerAfrica Condemning abuses ImprisonedFreedom of expression May 11, 2021 Find out more Organisation Yesterday a prosecutor questioned the three journalists who were arrested for publishing documents in the newspaper Le Courrier that reflected badly on leading members of Niger society. He ordered that two of them, the newspaper’s owner, Moussa Dodo, and its editor, Ali Soumana, should be detained pending trial.RSF is of the view that the prosecutor clearly violated the right to freedom of information because he based his decision on Niger’s penal code instead of its press law. Dodo and Soumana have been charged with “divulging documents seized during a search and bringing discredit on a judicial decision.” Soumana Idrissa, the printer, was released but has been charged with complicity.***********************************************************************Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate release of three journalists who have been arrested for publishing information involving leading members of Niger society although the information was already in the public domain because it was submitted as evidence in a court case.The three journalists are Ali Soumana and Moussa Dodo, owner and editor of Le Courrier, the newspaper that published copies of the documents submitted in evidence, and Soumana Idrissa Maiga, the owner of the printing company that prints Le Courrier.Soumana and Dodo have been held since 4 June on a charge of “publishing documents.” Maiga, who owns his own newspaper as well as a printing press, has been held at the headquarters of the judicial police since yesterday evening on a charge of “printing Le Courrier.”The police are still questioning Soumana and Dodo in an attempt to identify their sources. Their homes were searched the day they were arrested.Published in Le Courrier on 19 May and 2 June, the documents were copies of requests by leading members of Niger society to the director for hiring at the public health ministry asking him to ensure that their relatives or protégés succeeded in the competitive examination that all job applicants must take.The documents were produced as evidence in the fraud prosecution brought against the civil servants involved in the scandal. Those who allegedly tried to influence the results of the entrance exam include the First Lady, the president of the constitutional court, the armed forces chief of staff and the oil minister.“This persecution of journalists who just did their job is intolerable,” RSF said. “The documents concerned were already in the public domain because they were produced as part of an ongoing investigation. The authorities are bringing discredit upon themselves by hounding journalists like this. They are also violating Niger’s press law.”Under the press law, the judicial authorities may only take action against a newspaper’s printer when its owner or editor is unavailable. But in this case, the authorities have holding the owner and editor since 4 June. The same law also prohibits detaining journalists for press offences.Niger is ranked 52nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Mahamadou Issoufou’s election as president in 2011 had raised hopes of an improvement in respect for media freedom but certain government officials now seem to be cracking down. News News Help by sharing this information July 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Refugee Resettlement is a Win for Refugees and for Host Countries

first_img Houston,Texas (PR MediaRelease) June 24, 2019 – In a world where violence forces thousands of families to flee for their lives each day Refugee Awareness Month is the time to show that we stand with refugees. The post Refugee Resettlement is a Win for Refugees and for Host Countries appeared first on PR MediaRelease. Previous article060619_Hot_Summer_nights_03Next articleBuilding a legacy of financial freedom Digital AIM Web Support By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Pinterest Twitter Facebook Facebook Twittercenter_img WhatsApp Pinterest Local News TAGS  WhatsApp Refugee Resettlement is a Win for Refugees and for Host Countrieslast_img read more