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Price Waterhouse Coopers Revenues Hit $35.9b

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Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) International Ltd has reported global gross revenues of $35.9 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016. The firm said at constant exchange rates (local currency), its total global revenues rose by over seven per cent.

Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) International Ltd Chairman, Bob Moritz, said the revenue growth was as a result of the strength of its brand, the opportunities it provides for its people, the quality of services and its focus on meeting the needs of stakeholders.

Noting that these attributes remain at the heart of PwC and how it measures its success, Moritz said, “Our revenue growth in fiscal year 2016 across all major markets and businesses is testament to our fundamental purpose of building trust and solving problems.”

He said that to secure future growth, PwC was investing heavily in technology to enhance the quality and impact of its services and make the best use of the skills of its people. “The world is changing rapidly and we are planning for the services our clients, capital markets and other stakeholders will need tomorrow, as well as serving their needs today,” he said.

Moritz said whether it’s the tax and audit services of the future, transformational consulting, block chain or augmented reality, the firm was implementing a strategy to meet the long-term needs of its stakeholders and the career aspirations of its people.

“This is an era of unprecedented scrutiny and the public expects more from business today. We are focused on how we can best serve not just the needs of our core stakeholders, but society at large. This is reflected in our purpose, the culture we’re building right across our network and in the stories we tell in our annual review,” he stated.

PwC’s fiscal year 2016 global annual review is an online digital experience that uses video, graphics and stories to show who the firm is, what it does, what it thinks and how it is doing.

According to a report, more revenue growth was coming from developing markets – particularly Asia where revenues grew by 10 per cent, with strong performances in India and China.

In North America and the Caribbean, revenues grew by eight per cent boosted by a strong performance from the United States (US), the firm’s largest market in the world. While in South and Central America, revenues were up nine per cent.

In Western Europe growth was steady, up six per cent. Central and Eastern Europe posted robust revenue growth of 10 per cent.

Demand for PwC’s network’s audit and assurance businesses remained strong despite fierce competition and price pressure across the world.

In the year under review, PwC’s $15.3 billion assurance business grew by six per cent.

Broader assurance services such as Information Technology (IT), risk and data assurance are all areas where PwC is driving innovation and increasing investment.

Advisory growth of eight per cent to $11.5 billion was driven by an increased demand from clients for PwC’s network strategy through execution services and by excellent growth across a broad range of consulting, forensics and deals-related work.

In particular, cyber security, digital and data & analytics services benefitted from the company’s significant recent investments.

The strong market for deals positively impacted its network’s tax operations, with revenues increasing by seven per cent to $9.1 billion. In addition, there was continuing strong demand for compliance, corporate consulting and transfer pricing work globally.

Moritz, however, said quality continues to be the driving force of all PwC’s operations around the world. He said 2016 alone, $500 million was invested to further enhance the quality and delivery of its services as the company continues to focus rigorously on meeting the needs of its stakeholders.

He added that the PwC network welcomed a record level of new joiners, adding 58,081 people in 2016, including 26,780 graduates. Overall PwC’s global headcount grew by over seven per cent to more than 223,000 people.

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Nigeria Pumps 236.2 Million Barrels in First Half of 2024

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Nigeria pumped 236.2 million barrels of crude oil in the first half of 2024, according to the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC).

This figure represents an increase from the 219.5 million barrels produced during the same period in 2023.

In January, Nigeria produced 44.2 million barrels of crude oil while February saw a slight dip to 38.3 million barrels, with March following closely at 38.1 million barrels.

April and May production stood at 38.4 million barrels and 38.8 million barrels, respectively. June’s output remained consistent at 38.3 million barrels, demonstrating a stable production trend.

Despite the overall increase compared to 2023, the 2024 production figures still fall short of the 302.42 million barrels produced in the same period in 2020.

This ongoing fluctuation underscores the challenges facing Nigeria’s oil sector, which has experienced varying production levels over recent years.

On a daily basis, Nigeria’s crude oil production showed some variability. In January, the average daily production peaked at 1.43 million barrels per day (mbpd), the highest within the six-month period.

February’s production dropped to 1.32 mbpd, with a further decrease to 1.23 mbpd in March. April saw a modest increase to 1.28 mbpd, which then fell again to 1.25 mbpd in May. June ended on a positive note with a slight rise to 1.28 mbpd.

The fluctuations in daily production rates have prompted government and industry leaders to address underlying issues.

Mele Kyari, Group Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC), has highlighted the detrimental effects of oil theft and vandalism on Nigeria’s production capabilities.

Kyari emphasized that addressing these security challenges is critical to boosting production and attracting investment.

Kyari also noted recent efforts to combat illegal activities, including the removal of over 5,800 illegal connections from pipelines and dismantling more than 6,000 illegal refineries.

He expressed confidence that these measures, combined with ongoing policy reforms, would support Nigeria’s goal of increasing daily production to two million barrels.

The Nigerian government remains focused on stabilizing and enhancing oil production. With recent efforts showing promising results, there is cautious optimism that Nigeria will achieve its production targets.

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Oil Prices Steady Amid Mixed Signals on Crude Demand

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Oil prices remained stable on Thursday as investors navigated conflicting signals regarding crude demand.

Brent crude oil, against which Nigerian oil is priced, settled at $85.11 a barrel, edging up by 3 cents, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude dipped by 3 cents to $82.82 a barrel.

The stability comes as the U.S. economy shows signs of slowing, with unemployment benefit applications rising more than expected.

Initial claims increased by 20,000 to a seasonally adjusted 243,000 for the week ending July 1, prompting speculation that the Federal Reserve might cut interest rates sooner than anticipated. Lower rates could boost spending on oil, creating a bullish outlook for demand.

Fed officials suggested that improved inflation and a balanced labor market might lead to rate cuts, possibly by September.

“Healthy expectations of a Fed rate cut in the not-so-distant future will limit downside,” noted Tamas Varga of oil broker PVM.

However, rising jobless claims signal potential economic easing, which could dampen crude demand.

John Kilduff of Again Capital highlighted the impact of a slowing economy on oil consumption despite a significant drop in U.S. crude inventories last week.

Global factors also weighed on the market. China’s economic policies remain steady, though details are sparse, affecting investor sentiment in the world’s largest crude importer.

Meanwhile, the European Central Bank maintained interest rates, citing persistent inflation.

An upcoming OPEC+ meeting in August is expected to assess market conditions without altering output policy, according to sources. This meeting will serve as a “pulse check” for market health.

Overall, oil prices are caught between economic concerns and hopes of a rate cut, maintaining a delicate balance.

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Oil Prices Slide on China Demand Concerns, Brent Falls to $83.73

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Oil prices declined on Tuesday for the third consecutive day on growing concerns over a slowing Chinese economy and its impact on global oil demand.

Brent crude oil, against which Nigerian oil is priced, dipped by $1.12, or 1.3% at $83.73 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude dropped $1.15, or 1.4%, to close at $80.76.

The dip in oil prices is largely attributed to disappointing economic data from China, the world’s second-largest economy.

Official figures revealed a 4.7% growth in China’s GDP for the April-June period, the slowest since the first quarter of 2023, and below the forecasted 5.1% growth expected in a Reuters poll.

This slowdown was compounded by a protracted property downturn and widespread job insecurity, which have dampened fuel demand and led many Chinese refineries to cut back on production.

“Weaker economic data continues to flow from China as continued government support programs have been disappointing,” said Dennis Kissler, Senior Vice President of Trading at BOK Financial. “Many of China’s refineries are cutting back on weaker fuel demand.”

Despite the bearish sentiment from China, there is a growing consensus among market participants that the U.S. Federal Reserve could begin cutting its key interest rates as soon as September.

This speculation has helped stem the decline in oil prices, as lower interest rates reduce the cost of borrowing, potentially boosting economic activity and oil demand.

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell noted on Monday that the three U.S. inflation readings over the second quarter “add somewhat to confidence” that the pace of price increases is returning to the central bank’s target in a sustainable fashion.

This has led market participants to believe that a turn to interest rate cuts may be imminent.

Also, U.S. crude oil inventories provided a silver lining for the oil market. According to market sources citing American Petroleum Institute figures, U.S. crude oil inventories fell by 4.4 million barrels last week.

This was a much steeper drop than the 33,000 barrels decline that was anticipated, indicating strong domestic demand.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) also weighed in, suggesting that while the global economy is set for modest growth over the next two years, risks remain.

The IMF noted cooling activity in the U.S., a bottoming-out in Europe, and stronger consumption and exports for China as key factors in the global economic landscape.

In summary, while oil prices are currently pressured by concerns over China’s economic slowdown, the potential for U.S. interest rate cuts and stronger domestic demand for crude are providing some support.

Market watchers will continue to monitor economic indicators and inventory levels closely as they gauge the future direction of oil prices.

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