Hurricane Idalia — a dangerous category 3 storm — could prove to be one of the most hazardous storms to hit Florida. It flooded various regions within a U.S. state, serving as a prelude to what meteorological agencies anticipate as an extended period of unusually intense storms surpassing earlier predictions. This pattern is projected to persist until November of the current year.
As Hurricane Idalia makes landfall along the Florida coast, it is anticipated to unleash surges of seawater and cause power outages. Needless to say, a catastrophe of this level is most likely to mess up citizens’ lives. With them, several effects on corporate life are likely to be noted.
That said, let’s discuss the key areas that call for attention right now for profits or losses.
Severe destruction is likely in Florida.
UBS expects Hurricane Idalia to result in insured losses of $9.36 billion based on preliminary estimates, as quoted on Yahoo. Insurance stocks normally fall more than 1% in the month following the disaster caused by a Category 3 storm, per Kensho, as quoted on CNBC. So, the impact of Hurricane Idalia on insurance stocks is anybody’s guess.
Shares of property and casualty homeowners’ insurance companies like
Universal Insurance Holdings Inc. ( UVE Quick Quote UVE - Free Report) and HCI Group Inc. (HCI) may come under pressure. Naturally, insurance ETFs iShares Dow Jones US Insurance Fund ( IAK Quick Quote IAK - Free Report) and SPDR S&P Insurance ETF (KIE) will likely feel the pressure. Transportation
A severe impact from Idalia could roil rail and container activity and crush infrastructure for transportation. Airlines are already suffering from rising energy prices. Now, hurricane Idalia would hurt the segment further.
Tampa International Airport has been shut as Hurricane Idalia grows to the level of a severe storm.
More than 500 flights have been cancelled. Naturally, transportation ETFs like SPDR S&P Transportation ETF ( XTN Quick Quote XTN - Free Report) and U .S. Global Jets ETF ( JETS Quick Quote JETS - Free Report) may have to bear the brunt ahead. Gainers Home Retailers & Infrastructure & Materials
Rebuilding of homes and structures is necessary for the aftermath of a hurricane.
Home Depot Inc. (HD) and Lowe's Companies Inc. ( LOW Quick Quote LOW - Free Report) are thus in a bright spot. ETFs like Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund ( XLY Quick Quote XLY - Free Report) and Invesco Dynamic Building & Construction ( PKB Quick Quote PKB - Free Report) should also benefit.
Companies dealing in building materials are likely to see a surge. The
Materials Select Sector SPDR Fund ( XLB Quick Quote XLB - Free Report) has a high chance of outperforming. A Boon for Auto Sales Too?
Repurchase of cars will gain traction now on higher replacing demand for the damaged vehicles.
First Trust NASDAQ Global Auto Index Fund ( CARZ Quick Quote CARZ - Free Report) can thus gain ahead. The largest retailer of used vehicles in the United States – CarMax ( KMX Quick Quote KMX - Free Report) – should also get investors’ attention. Energy
The storm’s threat to oil production in the Gulf of Mexico caused crude prices to go higher. If more oil and gas producers have to evacuate and suspend operations, this would add a short-term upward pressure on prices as the Gulf makes up about 15% of U.S. oil production and 5% of oil production,
per oil price.com. United States Oil Fund, LP ( USO Quick Quote USO - Free Report) may thus gain ahead. Agriculture ETFs to Rule Ahead?
Idalia may ruin Florida’s farmlands, ravaging farms of fresh tomatoes, oranges, green beans, squash and sugar cane. Idalia is likely to shift to Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina — states famous for cotton, grain and livestock.
Needless to say, against this backdrop,
Invesco DB Agriculture ETF DBA, iPath Series B Bloomberg Cotton Subindex Total Return ETN (BAL) and Teucrium Sugar Fund ( CANE Quick Quote CANE - Free Report) may be up for gains.