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Coronavirus trading and investment opportunities

The market crash following the Covid-19 pandemic has brought light to many trading and investment opportunities. Following the steep stock market crash of March 2020, markets experienced a strong recovery in the second half of 2020. However, market volatility is likely to continue, and this volatility can present many trading and investment opportunities.

This article lists some stocks and industries that have been particularly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Bargain stocks

Fear of coronavirus caused stock markets around the world to crash. Investors had not seen such large drops since the financial crisis in 2008. Stock market crashes​ can be scary, uncertain times but many seasoned traders would suggest that a stock market crash is a great opportunity to pick up highly valued stocks at bargain prices.

Industries that have been particularly impacted by the coronavirus crisis due to industry shutdowns offer many stocks that can be purchased at prices not seen for years. In terms of coronavirus, any industry related to travel (cruise liners, airline stocks, travel companies) or hospitality (restaurant chains, pubs, alcohol manufactures) could represent bargain opportunities. Examples could include IAG and Carnival.

Think of blue-chip stocks that have survived past recessions and managed to stay profitable. These stocks could end up good opportunities for hefty stock price increases. However, it is worth noting that many of these stocks are in the ‘bargain bin’ as they have had to stop business operations for many months. Any business in the bargain bin without proper management and low cash resources has the chance to go bankrupt.

Additionally, just because these stocks are at a bargain price, does not assume that the stock price will rise in the near future. If you try to time the market, you may enter at the wrong time and make substantial losses. Bargain hunting coronavirus stocks can result in huge gains, but also losses.

IAG

International Consolidated Airlines Group, more commonly known as IAG, is a multinational holding company, running notable airlines such as British Airways and Iberia. Since the lockdown and restrictions in travel, IAG has had to lay off staff and ground many of their flights ‘like never before’. Boss Alex Cruz quoted that the airline industry was facing a ‘crisis of global proportions’ at the start of 2020.

Therefore, it is no surprise that IAG is trading at lower prices when compared to its price before the coronavirus outbreak started. The real question, in this case, is how can IAG bounce back from lost passenger revenues? This uncertainty has caused IAG to be valued at prices not seen in years. Read more about IAG's share price​ >

Carnival

Carnival Corporation is a cruise liner operating in the US and the UK. They run notable cruise companies such as P&O, Princess and Carnival. Similar to the aviation industry, cruise operators have lost billions in customer revenue, with the lockdown and social distancing destroying companies revenues in 2020 and perhaps beyond. However, it is worth considering if Carnival could bounce back in the future, as the stock is at the lowest price it has experienced in years.

When trading with us, you can go long or short on the market. Therefore, if you predict the price of a market to fall, or rise, you can trade either way. Read more about Carnival's share price​ >

Losing stocks

Beyond bargain stocks is losing stocks. Following the spread of Covid-19, numerous stocks have seen tough times and some of these stocks may not survive. This is a much riskier coronavirus investment or trading strategy​ as you are essentially buying troubled stocks that could potentially go under. However, if these companies manage to recover from their troubles, their stock prices could increase by ten or twenty times.

Examples of losing stocks could include struggling airlines, smaller-cap oil companies and other companies that have had their foundations shook following the coronavirus crisis. With such companies, you are risking complete collapse but could also witness a turnaround.

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Tech stocks

Many analysts predicted that tech stocks could fall the most if there was a market crash, due to their expensive price to earnings valuations. However, tech stocks have been one of the best-performing stock types on the market. This defies the logic that companies with higher valuations often depreciate more than companies with lower valuations when a stock market crashes.

Examples of these companies that have cruised through the COVID-19 crisis include Microsoft, Amazon and Google. However, as they have performed so well, most likely due to their ability to adapt to remote working, everyone is buying them. So, what was once an ‘expensive’ valuation of a share​ could get pushed to an even higher valuation in a time of crisis.

Amazon

Amazon is an online retail shopping service that also operates with cloud technology. Amazon has managed to stay operational during the Covid-19 outbreak, with employees either working from home or still attending their warehouses.

Amazon, however, had to employ many new workers to cope with their surge of demand, and have expressed their concerns over the probability of turning over a loss for the first time ever. Besides this, the stock price increased substantially while the wider stock market struggled, crashed and recovered slowly. Read more about Amazon's share price​ >

New trend stocks

New trend stocks represent any company or industry that has benefited positively because of the coronavirus crisis. However, it should be noted that it is best to look through a broad lens at companies who will also perform well once the coronavirus pandemic is over, as consumer behaviour is likely to change. Companies could include Zoom, Slack and Chegg. These stocks are any kind of company that can benefit from the digitalisation of normal human behaviour and social distancing measures.

Zoom

Zoom is a video-conferencing software that has experienced major price increases since the coronavirus outbreak. Many businesses have had to opt for virtual meetings and conferences because of COVID-19 and the social distancing measures in place; this has substantially increased the demand for software such as Zoom. Some analysts predict that Zoom’s revenue will increase substantially, and the stock could even sustain these increases once coronavirus is over. See our Zoom share price chart​ >

Find out more in our article ‘Is Zoom stock a good buy?​’

Summary

Ultimately, investing in or trading stocks during the Coronavirus pandemic is a risky option, as markets are experiencing volatility not seen since the financial crisis of 2008. Additionally, the full impact of Covid-19 is yet to be realised so markets could continue to stay volatile. However, the market crash following the discovery and spread of coronavirus does also present opportunities for traders and investors alike, to capitalise from these price swings. The difference between success and failure is the quality of decisions made, therefore do enough research before making any investment decision or seek financial advice if you are unsure. Learn more about trading on volatility.

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