Quoted from sataneatscheese:
I fall solidly in this corner.
Jumped out on the way down at 22k. Jumped back in at 20k on the way up in the kids college fund and IRAs, jumped in Monday morning with the 401k. I have been burned 1 time in the stock market, and that was back in 2011-2012 betting against the market right before they unleashed "Quantitative easing". When the government starts throwing money around, in general, the market goes up. I think the bottom of the market will be in before the worst of the virus hits... which is coming in the next 30 days here in the USA (me thinks). I'm losing my butt on my speculative single stock plays, but am holding on to them for now. I bought Cracker Barrel at 99, it's at 84.88 after market (it briefly dipped down below 70). I bought Red Robin at 12, it's at 10.60 after hours. It was down below 7 last week but has surged 40% in the past 24 hours. I may keep Cracker Barrel long term, but with stocks fluctuating so much I think the restaraunt stocks are oversold. I will probably dump Red Robin in the next month. I am looking at cruise stocks right now, and think Carnival will not be hit as hard as the other cruise lines. It has been my experience that Carnival Cruisers are generally younger than those of the other lines (they are essentially party boats filled with younger people) and will not be hit as hard. There is a fire sale on them right now. Once I can pull a profit of RRGB (somewhere between 15 and 20 a share) I will probably bail on them and go long on Carnival. With the exception of Red Robin and Six Flags (which I pulled a 30% profit on in 24 hours) I am only buying stocks that I think will recover strongly over the next few years if they don't do well short term.
Please note that I am no stock sage, and the vast majority of my retirement/kids college funds are in mutual funds run by professionals. I am throwing around some of my IRA in individual stocks that I can afford to lose, and believe the slow and steady is the way to win in the long run.
Restaurants, Cruise Lines, Movies, Hotels are going to be difficult going forward.
Even when the country opens up who is running out to a Red Robin on jumping on a cruise.
I am itching to eat out, but not so sure I want to sit down in a restaurant so soon
I speculated on Cruise lines and lost a "boat load" - I would not buy in with my worst enemies money - there are much safer bets out there.
Six Flags is probably a good bet, the younger generation will flock to amusement parks this summer. They are usually within driving distance and are "cheap" fun
In hotel space, if you want to jump in MGM is a good bet as they are mostly gambling which, though shut down now, it's an addiction and companies like SBUX that sell addictions are always a good investment.