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Barron's: 10 Stocks to Buy When Bear Market Ends

Barron's: 10 Stocks to Buy When Bear Market Ends
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By    |   Wednesday, 25 March 2020 01:42 PM

The seemingly endless stock-market volatility is enough to give your average wary investor whiplash. Dow soars 1,000 points one day and plunges 2,000 a short time later.

All things eventually do pass, so Barron’s recently explored just which stocks are likely to soar when the bear market begins to recover.

One good place to start, according to several major research studies, is a list of stocks that are most sensitive to changes in the market’s liquidity, or the ability to sell a sizable number of shares without impacting price.

Barron’s Mark Hulbert crunched the numbers to stress-test a numerical measure of how much a certain stock has responded to historical changes in the market’s liquidity.

Below are the top 10 stocks from the results:

  1. Vanda Pharmaceuticals (VNDA)
  2. Axcelis Technologies (ACLS)
  3. RadNet (RDNT)
  4. CNO Financial Group (CNO)
  5. Progenics Pharmaceuticals (PGNX)
  6. Perdoceo Education (PRDO)
  7. Cleveland-Cliffs (CLF)
  8. Ultra Clean Holdings (UCTT)
  9. CF Industries Holdings (CF)
  10. Movado Group (MOV)

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he wants to wind down “social distancing” and reopen the U.S. economy after his 15-day strategy to slow the spread of the virus ends next week.

“I would love to have it opened up and just raring to go by Easter,” he told a Fox News “virtual town hall.”

White House senior economic adviser Larry Kudlow acknowledged that the administration doesn’t have the power to order a return to work. “We don’t exercise any monolithic authority but guidance is very important,” he told reporters on Tuesday, Bloomberg reported. “Public health also requires a good economy,” Kudlow said. “It’s not ‘either-or.’ The two have to work together.”

However, Wells Fargo Securities senior economist Mark Vitner sees slow going when work finally does resume. “Economic activity will ramp up fairly slowly as supply chains will take some time to normalize,” he said.

Vitner gives Trump the benefit of the doubt and says Trump is mainly trying to get the discussion going: “The president is right in starting the discussion about getting back to work. Establishing mileposts, benchmarks and criteria for ending the shutdowns and returning to work will remove some of the uncertainty present in the economy today,” he said.

That’s exactly the point, said Stephen Moore, an ally of Trump’s and advocate of an early return to work by America.

“I like the idea of a date certain,” he said. “One of the reasons the stock market has crashed is that people don’t know how long this is going to last,” said Moore, whom the president once considered nominating to the board of the Federal Reserve and is now an economist with FreedomWorks.

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