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The stock market has been volatile lately and people are struggling to find stocks that may prosper in the midst of an uncertain economic scenario. Given this situation, we think it might be worth going over some sectors that have been somewhat resistant to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Semiconductor stocks have been a favorite of many investors during the pandemic. This is in part because Data Center and gaming demand tends to increase as people spend more time at home.
Semiconductors are key to graphics processing, machine learning, and computing in general. Nvidia’s May 2020 keynote provides some examples of what semiconductors are used for:
With social distancing measures in place, it's no secret that people aren't going out as much. That doesn't mean people aren't spending any money, though.
Digital payments have done reasonably well in the last few months since people have been forced to make many of their purchases online. Some companies in the digital payment space worth mentioning are PayPal (PYPL) and Square (SQ).
There are a handful of pharmaceutical companies that are looking to capitalize on the race for therapies and vaccines to mitigate the damage caused by Covid-19. Many investors, in turn, are interested in getting in on part of the action.
Pharmaceutical companies that have been getting attention include Moderna (MRNA), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Pfizer (PFE), and AstraZeneca (AZN).
Ecommerce stocks have been somewhat resistant to Covid-19 for the same reason as digital payments: people might be home, but they’re still spending.
Big names in the Ecommerce space include Shopify (SHOP), Amazon (AMZN), and Alibaba(BABA). Last week, Amazon’s earnings surged 40% to US$ 88 billion in Q2, beating forecast revenues by US$ 7 billion.
Staying home doesn't mean people don't work – but it definitely means many businesses have to adapt to a remote work culture. Remote work, in turn, depends to a certain extent on having the appropriate tools.
In this scenario, people are using video conferencing software like Zoom (ZM) and Microsoft Teams (MSFT) more than ever. People are realizing that they can have meetings with anyone in the world, at any time.
While past performance is no guarantee of future results, an investor can choose to invest in sectors that have performed well in recent history. However, there is no guarantee of this result in the future. Be sure to consider your own financial situation and perform thorough research before making any investment decisions.
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