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This 5.4%-yielding FTSE 250 dividend stock’s sunk 22%! I’d buy it as soap sales explode

first_imgThis 5.4%-yielding FTSE 250 dividend stock’s sunk 22%! I’d buy it as soap sales explode Enter Your Email Address 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! “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Manufacturers of big-name household goods are usually considered to be reliable safe havens in times like these. It’s not a reputation that PZ Cussons (LSE: PZC) currently enjoys though. Its share price has dropped 22% during the panic selling of the past three weeks.PZ Cussons hasn’t been the flavour of the month for some time, truth be told. Tough trading conditions across Europe and in Nigeria has long weighed it down. And in the six months to November, revenues (at constant currencies) dropped a further 4.3% year-on-year.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…There was some crumb of comfort in January’s most recent update however. The FTSE 250 company said it expected a stronger performance in the second half on the condition that there is “no further worsening of the economic and trading environments across our key geographies.”Soap sales explodeThe blowing up of the coronavirus crisis has caused many to doubt PZ Cussons’ ability to bounce back in the latter half of the fiscal year. And this is why the share price has rattled lower along with the broader market.But the business has a significant trump card to fall back on. Through its beloved brands like Imperial Leather, Carex, Original Source and Premier Cool, PZ Cussons is one of the planet’s biggest players when it comes to the business of making soaps, shower gels, bath products and antibacterial gels.I probably don’t need to tell you demand for these personal care goods is exploding across the globe, a reaction to the relentless spread of the coronavirus. If your local supermarkets are anything like mine, you’ll be greeted with rows upon rows of empty shelves where these commodities are usually kept.Panic Mode: The personal care section at my local Boots storeA wise buyIt’s more than likely PZ Cussons’ products will keep ripping through the roof too. Infection rates are accelerating in many parts of the globe, a crisis which the World Health Organisation yesterday called a “pandemic”. The UK government earlier said it expected infections to peak in a few months and remain around these levels for another three, illustrating expectations of a prolonged battle against the virus.PZ Cussons has an extra trick up its sleeve too… brand power. It is one of the biggest tools in the arsenal of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies like this. And, in times of crisis, consumers especially flock to established and trusted labels before any other. We’ve all grown up using Imperial Leather soap, for example, a brand that’s been in British shops since the 1930s.What’s more, the firm’s doubling down on marketing spend and product development to reinforce sales of these popular products.I’d argue that recent share price weakness makes PZ Cussons worthy of serious attention today. It changes hands on a low price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 12.7 times for current fiscal year (to May). And it carries a corresponding dividend yield of 5.4% too.I reckon this FMCG giant could prove to be a valuable lifeboat to buy into during these difficult times. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of PZ Cussons. 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.center_img Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Getty Images. 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Elliman property management breach: “Gold mine for cybercriminals” or “nothing new”?

first_imgDennis DePaola, who leads compliance at Orsid Realty, a property manager with a portfolio of 18,000 apartments in luxury buildings throughout New York City, said the breach was “disturbing and upsetting.”“They’re one of our peers in the industry,” he said. “It’s not like if we get hacked it’s a small debit on a credit card.”Within Orsid’s portfolio, property managers are increasingly collecting biometric data from cameras, security systems and even pandemic-driven temperature and screening systems, in addition to other personal and financial information, according to DePaola.Jeremiah Fowler, who specializes in internet security research and data protection at Security Discovery but is not involved in the Elliman investigation, noted that the type of data exposed in the breach is “the gold mine for cybercriminals.”“If you were going to customize your targets, you would want wealthy people,” he said.Notable properties that use Elliman’s management services include white-glove co-ops such as 1 Sutton Place South, 1040 Fifth Avenue and The Dakota, along with luxury condos including 111 West 57th Street, 40 East End Avenue and 111 Murray Street.Dennis DePaola of Orsid RealtyThough Elliman said it has found no evidence of identity theft to date, Fowler noted it’s often the motivation behind a hack and can occur years after a breach, generally after the hacker resells the data.While Steinberg said that “of course no one likes this,” he believes what most residents want is an explanation of how the breach happened and information about how they will be protected in the future.Elliman has launched an investigation into the incident, contacted law enforcement — a source with knowledge of the situation said the Federal Bureau of Investigation is involved — and set up a hotline to answer questions. Executives said the company would offer affected individuals a one-year membership to identity-theft prevention and credit monitoring services. Individuals who may have been affected by the breach will start hearing from the firm directly on Friday.“If Douglas Elliman acts responsibly and proactively, which they have so far, I would suspect that this is something that will come and go,” said Steinberg.A developer who has worked with Elliman’s property management firm and agreed to speak on the condition of anonymity pledged to continue working with the company despite the breach.“It’s not their fault,” the developer said. “Things happen.”But security experts wonder whether Elliman could do more to prevent such incidents.Fowler said data encryption is a best practice for the industry. When files are encrypted, even if an unauthorized party breaches a network, the hacker would have to break through an algorithm to see the information, adding another deterrent.Greg Kelley, who leads cybersecurity firm Vestige Digital Investigations and is not involved in the Elliman investigation, agreed. He said that encryption often provides companies with the equivalent of a “get-out-of-jail-free card.” They can then assure regulators that the data was not compromised and argue that they don’t have to notify customers or employees about the breach.“The fact that [Elliman] notified [residents] tells me they may not have had that get-out-of-jail-free card,” said Kelley. Both he and Fowler noted that if companies encrypt their data, they will often mention that in disclosures when a breach occurs.Copies of Elliman’s notices to condo and co-op boards advising them of the breach viewed by The Real Deal do not mention encryption. A spokesperson for the company declined to comment, citing the “ongoing and sensitive” nature of the investigation.Under New York’s Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security Act, companies must notify affected people and businesses of a data breach except in cases where they can “reasonably” determine there will be no misuse of information, or the logistics of notifying involve more than 500,000 parties or costs over $250,000.But what’s equally concerning for Kelley, however, is the nonchalance surrounding the breach.“It’s kind of naive to say this happens to everyone,” he said. “It can happen to anyone… But if your data security is poor, it’s more likely to happen to you.”Contact Erin Hudson Message* Full Name* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Email Address* What would you do if your Social Security number, address, financial data and other sensitive information were compromised?For some of the thousands of New Yorkers who may be in that position after a data breach at Douglas Elliman Property Management, the answer so far appears to be one of understanding — even as some cybersecurity experts and industry veterans sound an alarm.Leonard Steinberg, a Compass agent who sits on condo boards at two buildings run by Elliman’s property management arm, said the breach is a wake-up call about the importance of data security. Still, he doesn’t see it as threatening the company’s reputation.“We’ve seen some of the world’s greatest corporations attacked. Douglas Elliman isn’t the first one or the last,” he said. “Data breaches are nothing new.”Leonard Steinberg of CompassLeni Morrison Cummins, an attorney at Cozen O’Connor who represents 75 co-op and condo boards in the city, said she has not received any panicked calls from clients in buildings where Elliman is the manager.The breach became public Monday when Douglas Elliman Property Management notified building owners and boards that an “unauthorized party” had gained access to its IT systems and that certain files containing owners’ and employees’ personal information may have been compromised. The company said the breach may have exposed residents’ and employees’ names, dates of birth, mailing addresses, Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, passport numbers and financial information.As of 2018, Elliman was the largest residential property management firm in New York City, according to an analysis by The Real Deal. The firm represents 390 properties with approximately 46,500 units in New York City and Nassau and Westchester counties.Read moreElliman’s property management arm suffers data breachRevealed: Corcoran’s “hacked” files“Perhaps a sad inevitability:” Corcoran isn’t the only firmunder attack Douglas EllimanResidential BrokerageResidential Real Estate Share via Shortlink Tagslast_img read more

Isco leads Real to Malaga win as Zidane rests Ronaldo and Bale

first_img2414, Spain | AFP | Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale were both rested and Real Madrid hardly broke sweat as they beat Malaga 2-1 on Sunday to climb to third in La Liga.Isco scored one and set up another at La Rosaleda in a comfortable victory for a much-changed Real side, following Wednesday’s last-gasp Champions League win over Juventus.Diego Rolan grabbed a consolation for Malaga with the last kick of the game but the result was never in doubt. After scoring his first Real goal in nine appearances against his former club, Isco held his hands up apologetically, and he enjoyed a warm reception from the Malaga fans when substituted in the second half.“He has always been important, despite what everyone thinks,” Zidane said of Isco. “He is important, even if sometimes you think I have something else in my head.”Victory means Los Blancos leapfrog Valencia, who were beaten by Barcelona on Saturday, but remain four points behind Atletico Madrid in second.? We lead at the break thanks to @isco_alarcon‘s superb free-kick! ?— Real Madrid C.F.???? (@realmadriden) April 15, 2018Malaga, meanwhile, stay bottom and are all-but doomed, sitting 14 points behind 17th-placed Levante, who had earlier been beaten 3-0 by Atletico.Fernando Torres stole the show at the Wanda Metropolitano, marking the announcement of his Atletico departure with his 100th La Liga goal off the bench.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 “Today I can be happy with a job well done,” Real coach Zinedine Zidane said.As well as Bale and Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Raphael Varane were left out, with the all-important Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich looming next week.But Isco did his chances of a start in Germany no harm at all by bending in a free-kick that both Ronaldo and Bale would have been proud of, and then generously teeing up Casemiro when he might easily have finished himself.last_img read more