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.