3 Easy Ways to Profit From the Delta COVID Surge: Part 2

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SPY – Today’s article features the SPY and is the 2nd installment of “3 Easy Ways to Profit From the Delta COVID Surge.” Continue reading for all the details.

In part one of this series, we covered two very easy ways to avoid costly mistakes with your retirement portfolio.

Now let’s look at the best way to directly profit from the COVID surge.

Take Advantage Of Short-Term Market Insanity

This is why I ignore 12-month price targets from analysts.

Time Frame (Years) Total Returns Explained By Fundamentals/Valuations
1 Day 0.02%
1 month 0.5%
3 month 1.5%
6 months 3%
1 6%
2 17%
3 25%
4 34%
5 42%
6 50%
7 59%
8 67%
9 76%
10 84%
11+ 90% to 91%

(Sources: DK S&P 500 Valuation And Total Return Potential Tool, JPMorgan, Bank of America, Princeton, RIA)

It’s also why I avoid market timing and speculating about what stocks will do in any given week, month, or even year.

In the short-term sentiment, momentum, and just plain dumb luck drives almost all stock returns.

But in the long-term, fundamentals are 11X as powerful as luck. That’s the key to getting and staying rich on Wall Street.

Even during this ultra-low volatility year, we’ve seen tech corrections, and corrections in small-caps (Russell 2000).

We’ve seen re-opening stocks like cruise liners and airlines crash when delta cases surged.

Now many of these reopening stocks have seen significant and long-lasting fundamental deterioration due to higher debt, and the fact that it may take several years for demand to fully recover from the pandemic.

But consider this. Industrials are both cyclical, and thus tied to the health of the economy, and some of the best companies to own should we pass a $4 trillion infrastructure package. 

One Of My Favorite Ways To Profit From The Delta Surge

Here’s why BorgWarner (BWA) is one of my favorite recommendations to profit from the Delta surge.

It’s fallen into a severe correction that makes absolutely no sense.


(Source: investor presentation)

BWA is poised to have incredible hyper-growth powered by its dominant position in EV and hybrid drive trains.


(Source: FactSet Research Terminal)

Analysts expect BWA’s strong position in EVs and hybrids to drive industry-leading hyper-growth over the long term.

BWA Fundamentals

Safety score: 76% – 4/5 – safe

Dependability score: 71% – 3/4 – very dependable

Quality score: 74% – 10/12 SWAN (Sleep Well At Night)

Long-Term Risk Management Consensus: 70th industry percentile – good

2021 average fair value: $67.66

2022 average fair value: $71.77

12-month blended forward harmonic average fair value: $70.19

Discount To Fair Value/Margin of safety: 35%

DK rating: a potential very strong buy

Yield: 1.5%

Long-term growth consensus: 24.7% CAGR

Long-term consensus total return potential: 26.2% (vs. 9.9% for the S&P 500 and 11.2% aristocrats and 16.2% Nasdaq)

BWA 2023 Consensus Total Return Potential

(Source: FAST Graphs, FactSet Research)

BWA 2026 Consensus Total Return Potential

(Source: FAST Graphs, FactSet Research)

BWA Investment Decision Score

Ticker bwa DK Quality Rating 10 74% Investment Grade A-
Sector Industrial Safety 4 76% Investment Score 90%
Industry Auto Components Dependability 3 71% 5-Year Dividend Return 8.42%
Sub-Industry Auto Parts & Equipment Business Model 3 Today’s 5+ Year Risk-Adjusted Expected Return 14.57%
SWAN, Phoenix, Hyper-Growth, Strong ESG
Goal Scores Scale Interpretation
Valuation 4 Very Strong Buy bwa’s 35.31% discount to fair value earns it a 4-of-4 score for valuation timeliness
Preservation of Capital 5 Average bwa’s credit rating of BBB implies a 7.5% chance of bankruptcy risk, and earns it a 5-of-7 score for Preservation of Capital
Return of Capital N/A N/A N/A
Return on Capital 10 Exceptional bwa’s 14.57% vs. the S&P’s 3.51% 5-year risk-adjusted expected return (RAER) earns it a 10-of-10 Return on Capital score
Total Score 19 Max score of 21 S&P’s Score
Investment Score 90% Very Good 73/100 = C(Market Average)
Investment Letter Grade A-

(Source: Dividend Kings Automated Investment Decision Score)

BWA is one of the best ways for prudent long-term income investors to profit from the global $128 trillion green energy gold rush.

This is just one of the dozens of examples of world-class blue-chip bargains you can buy during the Delta surge whose long-term fundamentals are almost certainly not going to be impaired.

In other words, BWA is a great way to make your luck on Wall Street, taking advantage of short-term fear because you’re focused on the much brighter post-pandemic world.


SPY shares were trading at $443.43 per share on Friday afternoon, up $3.57 (+0.81%). Year-to-date, SPY has gained 19.38%, versus a % rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.


About the Author: Adam Galas


Adam has spent years as a writer for The Motley Fool, Simply Safe Dividends, Seeking Alpha, and Dividend Sensei. His goal is to help people learn how to harness the power of dividend growth investing. Learn more about Adam’s background, along with links to his most recent articles. More...


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