COVID-19 Vaccine: 2 Stocks to Buy Now if You Anticipate a Vaccine by 2021

These two stocks could soar on positive COVID-19 vaccine news.

| More on:
globe with a mask and text coronavirus

Image source: Getty Images

The speed and success of a global economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic could well hinge on the timing of an effective vaccine.

A number of companies say they are making good progress on developing a vaccine for widespread distribution by early next year. Critics suggest the markets shouldn’t be too optimistic, although several high-profile medical experts indicate a 12 to 18-month time frame is achievable.

Contrarian investors are searching for cheap stocks that could surge on a positive vaccine announcement.

Vaccine benefits

Social distancing requirements make it difficult for many businesses to return to normal operations. The arrival of a vaccine would eliminate the need for keeping people separated or from frequenting spaces and touching items that have recently come in contact with others.

Certain economic sectors are particularly impacted by social distancing measures and would benefit immensely from the rapid distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine. Let’s take a look at two stocks that could rally significantly next year if the drug companies succeed in getting a vaccine to market.

RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust

RioCan (TSX:REI.UN) owns shopping malls across Canada. That’s a tough business today. The company is diversifying into new mixed-use sites with both commercial and residential space. The early projects appear promising.

Brick-and-mortar retail already faced challenges before the pandemic. Lockdowns across the country over the past three months provided another blow.

RioCan’s core properties in six major markets are considered top-quality real estate. The reopening of malls is beginning and customers are starting to return. RioCan’s tenants are diverse, ranging from grocery stores and pharmacies to cinemas and fitness centres.

Many segments rely on people being close together or having the flexibility to comfortably try out or test products before they buy. The vaccine would eliminate concerns. In order for the sector to reach normal traffic, people must feel safe.

RioCan says it isn’t considering a distribution cut. The company has a strong balance sheet and doesn’t rely on any single client for more than 5% of revenue. At the time of writing, RioCan trades near $16 per unit and investors can get a 9% yield.

If a vaccine arrives quickly RioCan could easily move back above $20 by the end of next year.

Brookfield Asset Management

Brookfield Asset Management (TSX:BAM.A)(NYSE:BAM) is a giant in the global alternative asset management industry. The company operates businesses in three main segments including real estate, renewable energy, and infrastructure.

The real estate group is home to some of the planet’s top corporate office buildings. The division also has hotels, malls, student housing, multi-family residential, industrial and other commercial sites.

Corporations have found success with work-from-home solutions during the lockdowns, and there is chatter about high-priced corporate locations in prime city centres becoming obsolete. Some companies will permanently shift to home-based staff or a hybrid solution, but premium office space will likely remain in high demand.

Many people still prefer in-person meetings over video chats. The novelty of working from home might also start to wear off as employees find they never get a break from their job. Work-life balance is tough when the bedroom, kitchen, or living room doubles as an office. The world might find that commuting isn’t all that bad after all and a vaccine could put the office back in vogue.

Brookfield should benefit from rock-bottom interest rates and has a war chest of funds for new investments. The stock looks cheap at the current price near $46. It traded around $60 earlier this year.

The bottom line

RioCan and Brookfield Asset Management are leaders in their respective industries. If you are optimistic about the prospects of an effective vaccine being widely available in 2021, these stocks deserve to be on your radar.

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.

The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Brookfield Asset Management. The Motley Fool recommends BROOKFIELD ASSET MANAGEMENT INC. CL.A LV. Fool contributor Andrew Walker owns shares of RioCan.

More on Investing

Meeting handshake
Bank Stocks

Should You Buy Bank of Montreal Stock Now?

Bank of Montreal is making a big acquisition. Is BMO stock an attractive buy?

Read more »

TELECOM TOWERS
Dividend Stocks

If I Could Only Buy 1 Stock Before 2023, This Would be it!

If you could buy 1 stock before 2023, what would it be? Here’s the stock I’m considering, and I think…

Read more »

Aircraft wing plane
Investing

Bombardier Stock Rose 15% in November: Is it a Buy Today?

Bombardier, Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) stock surged in the month of November. I’m looking to ride the wave going into December 2022.

Read more »

thinking
Investing

TD Stock Rose 4.6% in November: Is it a Buy Today?

TD Bank (TSX:TD) is a rock-solid stock for 2023.

Read more »

potted green plant grows up in arrow shape
Investing

2 Growth Stocks Down 25% to 75% I’d Buy Today

Growth stocks like WELL Health Technologies (TSX:WELL) are undervalued.

Read more »

Beautiful holiday decorated background with christmas gift boxes ,fir. christmas holiday concept
Dividend Stocks

3 Dividend Stocks to Help Offset Holiday Spending

The holidays are here, and so is the seasonal spending. Offset some of those costs by putting your investment cash…

Read more »

A bull and bear face off.
Stocks for Beginners

3 Stocks to Add During a Market Downturn

There are plenty of options to add during a market downturn. Here are several to considering buying today and holding…

Read more »

smiling couple at home with christmas tree
Tech Stocks

Holiday Bonus? You Could Double it With This TSX Stock

GSY stock gives investors an incredibly likely chance of doubling their holiday bonus in just over a year through a…

Read more »