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Is the Shell dividend a sign of things to come?

Is the Shell dividend a sign of things to come?

first_img 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. Some stocks you buy for growth, some you buy for income. For me, the Royal Dutch Shell (LSE: RDSB) dividend was always a draw. It was with much disappointment I saw it slash its payout earlier this year. Disappointment, but understanding. In times of trouble, one must be cautious.News yesterday then, that the dividend would be increased in the next payout had me excited. What’s more, Shell said, “We are starting a new era of dividend growth”. Even better – I hope.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 Shell dividend in contextNow yesterday’s news is not exactly the greatest increase I have ever seen. Shell increased its next dividend payment by about 4% to 16.65 cents. This far from makes up for the 66% slash it undertook in April. But still, it is a move in the right direction.Shell has a good history of dividend payouts. Until this year, it had one of the longest and most consistent payout schemes in the FTSE 100. It was an income stock through-and-through.We do need to ask ourselves now though, is this latest announcement the right thing to do? I have said it before, but it is often the right decision for a firm to cut or halt dividends in times of trouble. Reinvesting cash into the business helps secure its future more than paying investors.With low oil prices continuing, Covid-19 still dominating and a recession looking ever more likely, we have to question the company’s decision this time.Shell said “Our sector-leading cash flows will enable us to grow our businesses of the future while increasing shareholder distributions, making us a compelling investment case”. The Shell dividend, unsurprisingly, is aimed at attracting investors.The future of the share priceThe Shell dividend increase will of course, help bolster its stock to some extent. It is still far from previous levels, so it is hard to imagine a new wave of income investors flocking to the stock that were not already interested.I also do believe that the cash outflow will not really harm Shell’s prospects. Oil prices are subdued at the moment but they will go back up at some point. The major factor here of course, will be Covid-19 and the airlines.Though a vaccine may be around the corner, the future of Covid-19 still seems very uncertain. In the UK and other European countries, second lockdowns are already taking place. The airline and travel industry is hanging on by a thread.The worst-case scenario I see for the large oil majors is a global recession. Let’s face it; businesses across the board are suffering. People are losing jobs and at this stage, we don’t know when it will end. Any major recession will hurt many oil-demanding firms long after Covid-19 is subdued.That said, I am still fairly positive on Shell. I am happy to hold on to the stock I already own, though perhaps not willing to increase my position just yet. Its efforts towards a green energy platform I think are good for the long term. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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If you’re 50 or over, we believe these stocks could be a great fit for any well-diversified portfolio, and that you can consider building a position in all five right away.center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images. Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now! Is the Shell dividend a sign of things to come? See all posts by Karl Loomes Karl has shares in 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.last_img read more

Pub patrons have close shave with razor-wielding barber

Pub patrons have close shave with razor-wielding barber

first_imgPrint Advertisement Facebook Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch Linkedin Light Up A Memory 2020 ceremony at Milford Hospice goes virtual #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Previous articleCity families at greater risk of homelessnessNext articleSkates on for seasonal jobs in the city Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email CUSTOMERS of nine pubs in the city had a very close shave with barber Darran France on his charity pub crawl last weekend.Darran, co-owner of Da Vinci Barber Shop on Thomas Street, was armed with the tools of his trade as he visited well-known watering holes to raise money for Milford Hospice, Cycle for Sick Children and the Corbett Suicide Prevention Patrol.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Over 70 men braved the barber’s cutthroat razor to have heads, moustaches and beards shaved off for these three very worthy causes. Darran was joined on his unusual rounds by staff member at his city centre barber shop, Louise Morrison.“It was great craic for some greater causes. People were going around pubs with empty pint glasses to raise money to coax their friends into taking part in the event, so it was a lot of fun,” he said.“This is our second year doing this fundraiser. I wanted to keep it local and raise money for charities in the city. Some of my customers are involved with Milford, Cycle for Sick Children and the Corbett Suicide Prevention Patrol which are very worthy causes,” he added.The final tally is not yet in, but Darran estimates the amount raised to be between €6,000 and €6,500.Pubs involved in the fundraiser included The Still House, The Blind Pig, Squire McGuires, The Village Inn, Mollys Bar, Fitzgeralds Bar, Smyths Bar, Jerry Flannery‘s and The Orchard Bar.“I would like to thank all the staff, management and customers of the pubs involved for helping make this fundraising event such a success,” said Darran.center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday NewsCommunityPub patrons have close shave with razor-wielding barberBy Alan Jacques – December 5, 2013 984 #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Twitter Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick WhatsApp TAGSbarberCorbett Suicide Prevention Patrol (CSPP)Cycle for Sick ChildrenMilford HospiceMusic Limerick last_img read more