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Daily Coronavirus Cases Hit Record High: 5 Must-Buy Stocks

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While all eyes are on the U.S. presidential election, the deadly coronavirus continues to spread at a faster pace. On Nov 4, new daily coronavirus cases surpassed a whopping 100,000 in the United States for the first time, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University. Understandably, with a record number of hospitalizations, fears continue to reside in the minds of millions.

Moreover, the fears of coronavirus flaring up further may not be unwarranted, as there is still no assurance on getting a vaccine to wipe out the virus. Although, some European countries are going under lockdown again on fears of the virus spreading at an alarming rate, it is quite unlikely that the United States will take similar steps at a time when the economy is trying to get back on its feet. That said, it won’t come as a surprise if people start confining themselves to their homes once again. Amid this uncertainty, a few businesses have been making use of the opportunity, while most others continue to bleed.

Coronavirus Cases Hit New High

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the United States recorded 102,831 new coronavirus cases on Nov 4, hitting an all-time high after recording 91,530 cases on election day. However, the death toll was somewhat lower. Total deaths recorded on Nov 4 were 1,097 compared with 1,134 registered a day earlier.

On the basis of states, Missouri, Oklahama, Indiana, Iowa and New Mexico have reported the maximum number of hospitalization over the past week. Naturally, fears have once again started escalating and if not a lockdown, the states have already started considering tightening restrictions keeping in mind the safety of millions.

Dealing With the Pandemic

Life has changed drastically since the coronavirus outbreak with work-and-learn-from-home becoming the new culture. Social distancing has also changed business and trade completely. This has made people become more self-reliant.

The pandemic has left global trade badly battered and bruised with travel, tourism and hospitality businesses completely shattered. Moreover, lockdowns by different governments following the outbreak of coronavirus is still taking a toll on import and export.

However, some sectors are particularly benefiting from the situation. The technology and consumer discretionary sectors are the two major beneficiaries of this pandemic. In the past six months, the Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) has returned 29.1%, while the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) has returned 33.2%.

The technology sector has played a major role during the lockdown period as more people are staying indoors. Also, fears of the virus have made people stockpile on essential goods giving a big boost to the consumer discretionary sector.

Our Choices

It won’t come as a surprise if people once again start stockpiling on fears of the virus spreading. Given this situation, it would be prudent to invest in shelter-in-place stocks.

Box, Inc. BOX is a provider of a cloud content management platform. The platform enables internal and external collaboration on content, automation of content-driven business processes, development of custom applications, data protection, security and compliance features.

The company’s expected earnings growth rate for the current year is more than 100%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for current-year earnings has improved 1.8% over the past 60 days.  Box, Inc. carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc. SPB offers a portfolio of leading brands in several product categories like residential locksets, plumbing, electric shaving and grooming products, personal care products, small household appliances, specialty pet supplies, and lawn, garden and home pest control products and repellents.

The company’s expected earnings growth rate for the current year is 26.2%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for current-year earnings has improved 0.6% over the past 60 days. Spectrum Brands has a Zacks Rank #2.

Central Garden Pet Company CENT is looking forward to strengthening its position as one of the leading companies in the U.S. pet supplies and lawn and garden supplies space.

The company’s expected earnings growth rate for the current year is 23.1%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for current-year earnings has improved 1% over the past 60 days. Central Garden Pet Company has a Zacks Rank #2.

Funko, Inc. FNKO offers figures, plush, apparel, toys, vinyl, bags, wallets, homewares and accessories under the Mystery Minis, Dorbz, Pint Size Heroes, Rock Candy, Galactic or Hero Plushies, SuperCute, MyMoji and Loungefly brands. 

The company’s expected earnings growth rate for next year is more than 100%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for current-year earnings has improved 100% over the past 60 days. Funko carries a Zacks Rank #2.

Grocery Outlet Holding Corp. GO is a high-growth, extreme value retailer of quality, name-brand consumables and fresh products that are sold through a network of independently owned and operated stores. 

The company’s expected earnings growth rate for the current year is 54.4%. Its shares have advanced 3.9% over the past three months.  Grocery Outlet has a Zacks Rank #2.

5 Stocks Set to Double

Each was hand-picked by a Zacks expert as the #1 favorite stock to gain +100% or more in 2020. Each comes from a different sector and has unique qualities and catalysts that could fuel exceptional growth.

Most of the stocks in this report are flying under Wall Street radar, which provides a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor.

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