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Impact of COVID-19 


Thematic reports covering the various industry and sectors most affected by the pandemic and the subsequent market decline. 

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Last updated May 18, 2020 


LATEST Recordings

Model Portfolios: High Quality Capital Appreciation


Published May 20, 2020


Sector Investing: What’s Inside an ETF Matters.

May 14, 2020


Consumer Staples and Potential Meat Shortages Amid Covid 19

May 1, 2020


U.S. Diversified Banks and CFRA’s 2020 Outlook on What Matters 

April 17, 2020


LATEST Research


Industrials: Perks and Perils of Increased Medical & Safety Product Revenue 

Published May 18, 2020

We expect Industrials companies that manufacture and sell products used for medical and safety applications pertinent to Covid-19 will benefit from increased revenue in these product lines in 2020. Medical and safety product sales are lower margin...

China Construction: Potential Winners of Fiscal Stimulus to Revive the Economy

Published May 18, 2020

China's Q1 2020 GDP contracted 6.8% YoY in the aftermath of Covid-19. For 2020, we do not expect consumption and exports to support China's economic growth meaningfully given the impaired outlook. We think China will revive...


Gold: Gold Mining Fundamentals Have Never Been Stronger

Published May 11, 2020

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic and economic uncertainty, gold has dramatically outperformed other commodities and key asset classes. CFRA expects this outperformance to continue throughout 2020.


Could the Coronavirus Recession Cause a Significant Increase in U.S. Diabetes?

Published May 11, 2020

Our research shows that recent U.S. recessions coincide with abnormally large increases in diabetes prevalence. We surmise that the stress and anxiety brought on by widespread unemployment leads to negative public health outcomes.


European Insurance: How Safe are the Dividend Yields?

Published May 11, 2020

The European insurance industry now offers an average 2020 dividend yield of 6.9% vs. the S&P Europe 350's 3.8%. The widening yield spread reflects investors' doubt concerning the sustainability of insurers' dividends.


U.K. Asset Managers: Assets Under Management Face Headwinds due to Covid-19

Published May 4, 2020

Covid-19 impact to the economy and stock market will hit assets managers' revenue and earnings as growth in assets under management will be limited due to lower fund flows and negative investment performance, according to CFRA analysis.


Home Entertainment Software: Video Games Are Riding Multiple Waves

Published April 29, 2020

We are very optimistic on the video game industry and the three largest independent U.S.-based video game developers. Not just for the short-term as a refuge from the havoc Covid-19 is wrecking on the world economy and on consumer discretionary spending in particular.


Oil & Gas: Demand for Crude Oil Storage is Taking Off

Published April 27, 2020

The abrupt decline in crude oil and refined product demand is happening much faster than declines in production, and so storage is rapidly filling. Firms with available storage space are going to fetch strong pricing, given too many producers are seeking places to shelve unneeded crude. 


Meat Processors: The Impact of Manufacturing Plant Closures due to Covid-19

Published April 27, 2020

Over the past several weeks, about 15 large meat production facilities (mostly pork)have temporarily closed due to worker safety concerns amid the Covid-19 outbreak. Meat processing is labor intensive and requires an assembly line style of production, making social distancing very challenging. Meat processing margins are likely rising due to the combination of higher wholesale prices and lower raw material...

Telecommunication Services: Companies Resistant But Not Immune to COVID-19

Published April 27, 2020

The wireless industry is fairly well insulated, we think, from the effects of Covid-19 given the steps companies have taken to protect customers and the essential nature of their businesses during these difficult times.Networks are holding up well under the heavy traffic, while 5G buildouts are proceeding as planned.


China Oil & Gas: Signs of Improving Downstream Demand Locally

Published April 27, 2020

Restrictions imposed to stop the Covid-19 spread led to a sharp deterioration in oil demand in China, with consumption of oil products falling by 14% sequentially in Q1 2020, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. However, CFRA expects a sharp recovery in demand for fuel and chemical from a Q1 2020 bottom, fueled by a pick-up in local economic and travel activities as the infection rate in China flattens. 


Financial Exchanges: Q1 Earnings Preview – Profiting from Covid-19 Volatility

Published April 20, 2020

Investors looking for companies to benefit from Covid-19 uncertainty should consider financial exchanges, particularly as the rest of the financials sector faces headwinds. Although financial exchanges have already outperformed, we think investors are still underestimating the leverage of higher trading volumes, largely due to the previous focus on data and analytics and the consensus view that volatility will subside.

Insurance: Personal Auto Insurers Offer Investors’ Portfolios Some Potential Covid-19 Immunity

Published April 20, 2020

Our positive fundamental outlook on the Property-Casualty Insurance Industry reflects our view that while commercial lines insurance demand will likely erode amid a Covid-19 driven economic contraction, personal lines insurance demand is less elastic and is not likely to be as impacted to the same degree.

U.K. REITs: Coronavirus - Survival of the Fittest

Published April 20, 2020

A recession due to the Covid-19 pandemic has caused dividend cuts at some REITs and raises serious questions about the viability of the sector over the long-term. The U.K. REITs under CFRA coverage own assets in a variety of real estate sub-sectors, giving them differing portfolio profiles, growth prospects, and risks.


CFRA Global Equity Research: Covid-19 Stock Opportunities in Differing Economic Scenarios

Published April 17,2020

With global economic growth forecasts turning negative for 2020, the depth and length of the decline remains very uncertain. Given the uncertainty surrounding the depth and length of the economic crisis from Covid-19, we surveyed CFRA’s Global Equity Research team to identify stocks that might fall into either of...

CFRA Multi-Sector Research: Identifying Climate Change Beneficiaries

Published April 17, 2020

CFRA's Global Equity Research team collaborated on this special Multi-Sector Research report, which considers the likely beneficiaries of climate change across our coverage universe. The report brings together select analysts across North America, Europe, and Asia to highlight CFRA's capabilities of seeing the landscape at the company/sector level, with participation across 7 of the 11 sectors. 




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