3 Stocks to Buy and Hold During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Jamieson Wellness (TSX:JWEL) and these two other stocks have outperformed the TSX in 2020, and they could still go higher.

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Investing involves adapting to market conditions, and the coronavirus pandemic is giving investors plenty to worry about these days. However, if you’re looking for safety and for stocks that are good to buy in these troubled times, check out the three stocks listed below:

Jamieson Wellness

Jamieson Wellness (TSX:JWEL) is a stock that should be a fairly safe buy given that it provides consumers with vitamins and essential health care products. It’s a defensive stock that can do well even when the economy isn’t. Through the first four months of 2020, the stock was up more than 22% while the TSX was down 14%.

In April, the company offered preliminary first-quarter results for fiscal 2020. Jamieson expects revenue between $83 million and $84.5 million for Q1. That is potentially a 16% increase from the prior-year quarter. The company says that demand is up for its products in the quarter as consumers are looking for health supplements and ways to strengthen their immune systems. With a strong brand name and demand for health products up, Jamieson looks to be in a good position even as the pandemic goes on.

The stock also pays investors a quarterly dividend of $0.11. On an annual basis, shareholders can earn a yield of about 1.4%.

BCE

BCE Inc (TSX:BCE)(NYSE:BCE) is another stock that may do well during the pandemic. Mobile phones and the Internet are about the only ways people can stay connected and entertained these days. The company has partnered with Quibi, a mobile video platform that can provide consumers with another streaming option to help pass the time. And for BCE, it could be another avenue to grow its sales.

The company isn’t known for being a great growth stock – last year its revenue increased by just 2.1%. And in two years, the company’s top line grew by 5.5%. Those aren’t numbers that are going to be attracting growth investors. But combined with its dividend and stability, BCE makes for a solid investment that can offer investors a little bit of everything.

Shares of BCE are down around 7% this year. One advantage for dividend investors is that BCE’s quarterly dividend payments of $0.8325 are now yielding approximately 6% per year. For BCE, that’s a solid payout, one that investors may want to take advantage of today.

Loblaw

Loblaw Companies Ltd (TSX:L) rounds out a third industry that investors can hold in their portfolios today. The company’s grocery stores are one of the few places that consumers can go and shop during the pandemic. While it may be frustrating to have to wait in lines to enter stores, it demonstrates that the demand is still there.

Currently, the stock is up around 2% this year. Over the past five years, Loblaw stock has risen by 37% – that’s an average annual growth rate of about 6.5%. It’s a decent return, and coupled with its dividend which yields around 1.8%, investors have the potential to get close to double-digit returns in a given year.

There are better stocks than Loblaw to hold over the long term that can provide better dividend yields and that have more growth potential. But for now, while the pandemic is weighing down many stocks, Loblaw stock can be a safe place to invest in while still earning a decent return.

This article represents the opinion of the writer, who may disagree with the “official” recommendation position of a Motley Fool premium service or advisor. We’re Motley! Questioning an investing thesis — even one of our own — helps us all think critically about investing and make decisions that help us become smarter, happier, and richer, so we sometimes publish articles that may not be in line with recommendations, rankings or other content.

Fool contributor David Jagielski has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. 

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