FYI | Dec 23 2020

By Peter Switzer, Switzer Report

My 10 ‘buy more and wait’ stocks & one wild one!

Our investing year wasn’t supposed to end like this. We should be free of excessive fear and loathing over the Coronavirus, with Australia doing a masterful job to show the world how it’s done. But now we have an issue on the northern beaches of Sydney, which should take a bit of the wind out of our economic sails.

Borders will be closed, albeit temporarily, and the holiday seasons in Queensland, in particular, will be cruelled.

This will have a regional spending effect but probably not a huge national spending and growth effect. But the recent positivity for consumers and businesses will be trimmed back, until good news prevails. This means those confident that reopening trade stocks will have a great 2021 (and I still think they will) now have to accept it will be a delayed start.

There will be oscillation this year between stay-at-home stocks and reopening trade stocks but over the course of 2021 and 2022, as the vaccine works its magic, the latter stocks will do best. And so this current step back, driven possibly by a driver of a quarantine bus, who seems to be a big exerciser and eater/boozer, judging from his tracks from cafés to night spots, will delay the next leg up for reopening trade stocks.

But this creates a buying opportunity for the investor who can play a waiting game. So I’ll list the stocks I’m prepared to buy this week on the basis I can wait for the “all is forgiven” buyback of these companies when we stop having Coronavirus comeback anxiety.

Here’s my list and what the analysts surveyed by FNArena expect from these companies:

The first seven are stocks that will rebound as normalcy asserts itself, post-vaccine. A2 Milk ((A2M)) and Treasury Wine Estates ((TWE)) will bounce back out of a resolution with China. And Megaport ((MP1)), which I’ve liked even more after talking to its founder Bevan Slattery two weeks ago, is a long-term hold in the tech space for me. Last week it spiked 11.53%, along with EML Payments ((EML)) that rose a nice 13.08%. It makes me think others see what I’m seeing.

A2 Milk’s 22% fall really makes me hungry for more, as I’m a good waiter when it comes to quality stocks suffering temporary setbacks. And the analysts agree with their 35% expected upside. (Even if they are half right, I’d be happy!)

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