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In less than five weeks, the benchmark S&P 500 (SNPINDEX: ^GSPC) plunged 34%, representing the fastest bear market descent in history. Of the past eight bear markets, there have been 13 total corrections of at least 10% within the three years following a bear market bottom. This means the typical rise from a bear market bottom features one or two substantive corrections.
Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A) (NYSE: BRK.B) shares fell 21% in the first six months of the year. Most of the stocks in Berkshire's investment portfolio were down as well. Here are Warren Buffett's three biggest winners in the first half of 2020 -- and whether or not they're still great stocks to buy for investors who aren't yet legends.
Tesla shares have soared to new record highs this week, with the company now more valuable than ExxonMobil – one of the largest oil companies on earth
If you work at a non-essential business, your house or apartment has had to step up its game. It's become your office, school, gym, and much more for your entire family. Some households may have even added friends or relatives under their roofs as unemployment skyrockets.
Shares of IT monitoring software company Datadog (NASDAQ: DDOG) surged 22% in June, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence. Momentum continued for Datadog, as its positive May earnings report was followed by several customer wins announced in June. In mid-June, Datadog announced a support for the Elastic File System run on the AWS Lambda platform.
Large companies with great balance sheets are looking good right now. Here are three at the top of my list.
Many retirement portfolios are based on long-term strategies, and many ESG stocks are based on long-term issues with high growth potential.
On this day, 244 years ago, all but one of the 13 United Colonies officially adopted the Declaration of Independence, thus declaring their collective right to govern without England calling the shots. If you have spare cash that won't be needed to pay bills or cover emergencies, then the following blend of growth and income stocks should be perfect to help you secure your financial freedom. The first top stock that'll put you on the path toward financial independence is e-commerce giant Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN).
After crashing during the coronavirus sell-off in March, shares of Pinterest (NYSE: PINS) bounced back and finished the first half of the year up 19%, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence. While the company's advertising business has been challenged by the crisis, investors have enthusiastically returned to growth stocks like Pinterest, believing that the crisis will accelerate a shift in advertising spending to digital platforms like the virtual pinboard. The stock jumped on Jan. 14 when eMarketer said it passed Snapchat to become the third-biggest social media app in the country, finishing 2019 with a projected 82.4 million users in the U.S. The research firm also predicted that the gap between the two apps would widen over the coming years, with Pinterest reaching 90.1 million domestic users by 2022.
Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) and PayPal Holdings (NASDAQ: PYPL) have been crushing the market all year long, and both look like fantastic buys today -- with or without another game-changing health crisis. The smiling Amazon logo is virtually synonymous with "online retail," and the industry as a whole has been crushing traditional big-box stores and strip malls for a couple of decades. At the same time, Amazon's revenues rushed 26% higher.
It envisions being a top-10 restaurant brand, and the COVID-19 pandemic has done nothing to slow it down.
The tech giant buys a struggling smart glass maker -- but it won’t necessarily launch a new version of Google Glass anytime soon.
There has been a lot of chatter recently about some secondary details Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is working out for the next iPhone in terms of pricing and accessories. The grapevine suggests that the next-generation device may come without an important accessory -- a power adapter -- and could also force buyers to invest in aftermarket (and potentially wireless) headphones as the box may be devoid of EarPods. At the same time, there are rumors of Apple pricing the base model of the alleged iPhone 12 at a mouth-watering $549.
There could be a lot of pent-up demand for this fresh take on the classic "Star Wars" flight combat games from the 1990s.
Green vehicles are indeed striking the right chord with investors, as is evident from the meteoric share price increase of many EV makers.
Zuckerberg is taking a tough stand on the obvious, he could have been more agreeable.
Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos continues to run the company with the mindset that it is always Day 1. In his 2016 letter to shareholders, Bezos gave investors a glimpse into what Day 2 is -- stasis, followed by irrelevance, decline, and, ultimately, death.
The coronavirus outbreak drove the remote-working trend, forcing businesses to reset priorities and in turn boosting cloud stocks.
While Ford's (F) retail sales decline 14.3% in Q2, it records the best retail share of 13.3% in five years, driven by the Built for America campaign and a winning portfolio of pickups, vans and SUVs.
Facebook, which reaches more users than any other international firm in India, has identified a new area of opportunity to further spread its tentacles in the world’s second largest internet market. On Sunday, the social juggernaut announced it had partnered with the Central Board of Secondary Education, a government body that oversees education in private and public schools in India, to launch a certified curriculum on digital safety and online well-being, and augmented reality for students and educators in the country. Through these subjects, Facebook and CBSE aim to prepare secondary school students for current and emerging jobs, and help them develop skills to safely browse the internet, make “well informed choices,” and think about their mental health, they said.
The coronavirus stock market rally had a strong week despite Thursday's fade. Teladoc lead new breakouts. What's next for Tesla after a blowout week?
As demand for Tesla's vehicles and other products grow, the automaker needs more batteries. This should not come as much of a surprise, as Tesla continues to deliver more cars than Wall Street analysts predict.Batteries have been one of the limiting factors in scaling up production of the company's cars and home Powerwalls. What Happened: A new report from Reuters says Tesla is now ready to grow its battery production capacity in South Korea thanks to help from LG Chem.In the United States, Tesla has produced all of its own batteries in collaboration with its partner Panasonic.LG Chem has traditionally been the battery supplier for all other electric vehicles in the United States.Why It's Important: This is not the first time Tesla has needed help producing more batteries - in China, Tesla gets its battery supply with the help of CATL. This could also have a secondary positive effect for Tesla. Batteries are limited worldwide as demands grows. If Tesla can outbid competitors and secure battery supply, it may leave other entrants into the EV field with the big problem of supply -- with no where to turn when Tesla is claiming most of the world's batteries. Benzinga's Take: This is great news for Tesla. A problem of high demand and not enough supply is a great one to have.If the company can figure out how to source these batteries, they can continue selling more cars and growing their market share.Tesla is set to reveal their million-mile battery Sept. 15 that uses a new technology and new manufacturing process. This may allow Tesla to grow its battery supply even more, and sell more vehicles. Photo courtesy of Tesla.See more from Benzinga * Elon Musk To Bring Tesla Cybertruck On Cross-Country Drive * Elon Musk Talks New Full Self-Driving Features, Autopilot Rewrite(C) 2020 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.
* This weekend's Barron's cover story offers three ways for investors to play the second half of 2020. * Other featured articles look at what a Biden administration may mean for Wall Street, as well as some unloved utilities and other stocks. * Also, the prospects for a software stocks, restaurant stocks, an unexpected acquisition and more.Cover story "3 Scenarios for Playing the Coronavirus Economy in the Second Half" by Lisa Beilfuss presents a bullish and a bearish case for the second half of 2020. How will Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL), Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE) and others fare?Carleton English's "Beaten-Down Utility Stocks Could Power Up" makes a case that this out-of-favor sector includes some bargains with juicy payouts. Does that include CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) or PG&E Corporation (NYSE: PCG)?In "No Friends on Wall Street? No Problem for These 3 Stocks," Al Root examines why sometimes it pays to buy the market's most unloved stocks, such as Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SBH), that have faced bad news but where business trends are improving.How the likes of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA), and Wall Street overall, might fare under a Biden administration, according to "What a Democratic Sweep Could Mean for the Market" by Andrew Bary.In Eric J. Savitz's "Software Is Saving the World--and Other First-Half Lessons," see whether Adobe Inc (NASDAQ: ADBE) and Square Inc (NYSE: SQ) are among the 10 best-performing tech stocks of 2020 so far, and which one Barron's thinks may have gone too far.See also: 9 'Summer BBQ' Stocks With A Lot Riding On July 4 Weekend"Chipotle and Wingstop Are Winning the Pandemic" by Jack Hough discusses why Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) and Wingstop Inc (NASDAQ: WING) shares have soared despite COVID-19 surges and canceled reopenings.Athletic apparel retailer Lululemon Athletica Inc (NASDAQ: LULU) is buying Mirror, which could be the next big winner in the stay-at-home exercise space. So says Steven M. Sears's "How to Play Lululemon as It Moves Into Peloton's Space."In "How Zoom Is Moving Past the 'Zoombombing' Debacle," Shaina Mishkin shows why Zoom Video Communications Inc (NASDAQ: ZM) has become a household name for Americans in less than six months.Also in this week's Barron's: * Barron's Mutual Fund Quarterly * What comes next in the pandemic * What the Supreme Court's ruling means for the CFPB * Social Security and Medicare tax traps that retirees should beware * Why investors should fear a 'summertime melt-up' * Why the spike in the jobs market looks flimsy * Dividend funds with the flexibility to weather the pandemicAt the time of this writing, the author had no position in the mentioned equities.Keep up with all the latest breaking news and trading ideas by following Benzinga on Twitter.See more from Benzinga * Bulls And Bears Of The Week: Lululemon, Square, Tesla And More * Barron's Picks And Pans: Biden, ESG And Reopening Picks * Notable Insider Buys: Continental Resources, Fox, Groupon And More(C) 2020 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.