I wasn’t a buyer of Air Canada (TSX:AC) stock before the positive COVID-19 vaccine news was released last week, and I’m still not planning on adding Canada’s largest airline to my portfolio anytime soon. Any positive news surrounding the development of a vaccine is definitely good news for Air Canada, but I still firmly believe that there are much more opportunistic places to invest my money today on the Canadian stock market.
After Pfizer released the latest results from its COVID-19 vaccine early last week, Air Canada stock jumped close to 30% in a single day. Air Canada was not the only airline that saw a huge jump in share price. Airline stocks in the U.S., unsurprisingly, saw the same types of bullish reaction when the vaccine news was released.
While I might be bearish on Air Canada stock, I really do believe there’s a turnaround story here. I’m just not willing to invest in a company dependent on a vaccine to drive share price growth. Many companies are suffering as a result of this pandemic, but the recent jump in share price shows just how reliant Air Canada is on a vaccine to fuel this turnaround story.
Even with a 30% jump in one day, Air Canada stock is down more than 60% since the beginning of the year.
Speaking of beaten-down stocks, the Canadian banks have not had a great year either. They might not be down 60% on the year, but they are trailing the Canadian market’s returns.
The drop in interest rates this year has been the primary catalyst for the weak performance amongst the major Canadian banks. The Bank of Canada began lowering interest rates earlier this year in an effort to stimulate the Canadian economy while the COVID-19 pandemic brought many businesses and jobs to an abrupt halt.
The turnaround for the Canadian banks could very well be long and drawn out, similar to that of Air Canada. The difference with the major Canadian banks is that they have a long history of providing stable returns for shareholders, and there’s no reason to believe they won’t eventually return to providing pre-COVID-19 growth. Not to mention the dividend yield that you can earn from a Canadian bank is near the highest you’ll find on the Canadian stock market today.
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The company is far from cheap, trading at a price-to-sales ratio of close to 25 today. But if you’re a long-term investor that can endure the likely volatility the stock will continue to face, you could be sitting on a future multi-bagger here.
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Fool contributor Nicholas Dobroruka owns shares of Lightspeed POS Inc. The Motley Fool owns shares of Lightspeed POS Inc.