Back to top

Image: Shutterstock

Zacks Value Trader Highlights: Pinterest, Penske Automotive, Ecopetrol, Toyota and Triton International

Read MoreHide Full Article

For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – March 12, 2021 – Zacks Value Trader is a podcast hosted weekly by Zacks Stock Strategist Tracey Ryniec. Every week, Tracey will be joined by guests to discuss the hottest investing topics in stocks, bonds and ETFs and how it impacts your life. To listen to the podcast, click here:

One Year Later: Lessons from the Coronavirus Stock Sell-Off

Welcome to Episode #228 of the Value Investor Podcast.

Every week, Tracey Ryniec, the editor of Zacks Value Investor portfolio, shares some of her top value investing tips and stock picks.

It's been a tough year.

In March 2020, the coronavirus pandemic went global, resulting in deaths and economic shutdowns across Europe, Asia and North America.

Stocks Plunged on Coronavirus Fears

In February and March 2020, the panic on Wall Street was real. The stock market plunged into a bear market in the quickest pace ever seen in history.

But Congress also moved quickly to pass a massive $3 trillion aid package.

The size of the package soothed Wall Street.

Stocks hit their lows in March and rebounded.

They haven't looked back, with the major indexes now, a year later, breaking out to new all-time highs.

What did you do in March 2020 when stocks plunged?

3 Lessons from the Coronavirus Sell-Off

1.       Don't Panic. Sometimes it's better to do nothing on a quick market sell-off.

2.       You don't have to buy at the lows to be a winner. Tracey bought Pinterest (PINS - Free Report)  and Penske Automotive (PAG - Free Report)  in Zacks Value Investor portfolio months after they hit their coronavirus sell-off lows. Penske had already rebounded 40% when she bought it. It's up over 100% since.

3.       Buy the leaders. The best companies still took a hit during the pandemic, but they were able to weather the storm. When a crisis happens, who can survive?

A Year Later, What Stocks Are Still Cheap?

The pandemic looks to be winding down, thanks to the rollout of the vaccines.

Where can you find value stocks in March 2021 with the top Zacks Ranks?

1.       Ecopetrol (EC - Free Report)  is a Big Oil Colombian energy company. It's a Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stock. It's trading with a forward P/E of 11. Earnings are expected to rise 228% in 2021 as the global economy reopens.

2.       Toyota (TM - Free Report)  has a forward P/E of just 11. With earnings expected to rise in fiscal 2021, it has a PEG ratio of 0.99. It is a rare stock that has both growth and value characteristics. Auto sales are expected to remain strong in 2021.

3.       Triton International (TRTN - Free Report)  is a global seller and lessor of intermodal containers. It's dirt cheap with a forward P/E of 8.2. Shares are up 109% over the last year as shipping remains on fire. It pays a dividend, currently yielding 3.9%. 

What else should you know about investing one year after the coronavirus sell-off?

Listen to this week's podcast to find out.

[In full disclosure, Tracey owns shares of PINS in her personal portfolio.]

Legal Marijuana: An Investor's Dream

Imagine getting in early on a young industry primed to skyrocket from $17.7 billion in 2019 to an expected $73.6 billion by 2027.

Although marijuana stocks did better as the pandemic took hold than the market as a whole, they've been pushed down. This is exactly the right time to get in on selected strong companies at a fraction of their value before COVID struck. Zacks' Special Report, Marijuana Moneymakers, reveals 10 exciting tickers for urgent consideration.

Download Marijuana Moneymakers FREE >>

Media Contact

Zacks Investment Research

800-767-3771 ext. 9339

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Inherent in any investment is the potential for loss. This material is being provided for informational purposes only and nothing herein constitutes investment, legal, accounting or tax advice, or a recommendation to buy, sell or hold a security. No recommendation or advice is being given as to whether any investment is suitable for a particular investor. It should not be assumed that any investments in securities, companies, sectors or markets identified and described were or will be profitable. All information is current as of the date of herein and is subject to change without notice. Any views or opinions expressed may not reflect those of the firm as a whole. Zacks Investment Research does not engage in investment banking, market making or asset management activities of any securities. These returns are from hypothetical portfolios consisting of stocks with Zacks Rank = 1 that were rebalanced monthly with zero transaction costs. These are not the returns of actual portfolios of stocks. The S&P 500 is an unmanaged index. Visit for information about the performance numbers displayed in this press release.