Investors going long may find the best opportunities in technology and ‘serendipity’ stocks, says strategist James McDonald, CEO of Hercules Investments. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="“This is a wonderful time to invest,” McDonald told Yahoo Finance’s The First Trade. “Right now, the leaders in the S&amp;P 500 (^GSCP) are no longer oil companies and big industrial companies. They are tech companies are sitting on hoards of cash.”” data-reactid=”17″>“This is a wonderful time to invest,” McDonald told Yahoo Finance’s The First Trade. “Right now, the leaders in the S&P 500 (^GSCP) are no longer oil companies and big industrial companies. They are tech companies are sitting on hoards of cash.”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The market’s recent rally off the March 23 lows has been fueled largely by mega-cap tech stocks.” data-reactid=”18″>The market’s recent rally off the March 23 lows has been fueled largely by mega-cap tech stocks.

“Not only does it look wonderful, but they have the economic power to survive whatever happens with this market sell off. So if you want to buy, you gotta do tech,” had added. 

“There’s a concept called serendipity, right? No one saw this virus coming, but there’s companies positioned to take advantage of it,” said McDonald.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="He noted that companies like Walmart (WMT) and Netflix (NFLX) have been able to benefit from shelter-in-place measures as people have been ordering online, stocking up on essential items, and watching hours upon hours of streaming content.” data-reactid=”21″>He noted that companies like Walmart (WMT) and Netflix (NFLX) have been able to benefit from shelter-in-place measures as people have been ordering online, stocking up on essential items, and watching hours upon hours of streaming content.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="McDonald also says there are investments opportunities in health care, although those plays involve more speculation. On Monday, Moderna (MRNA) surged more than 24% on encouraging data about its experimental COVID-19 vaccine. Sorrento Therapeutics (SRNE) also skyrocketed after announcing positive developments related to its anti-body therapy for COVID-19.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”22″>McDonald also says there are investments opportunities in health care, although those plays involve more speculation. On Monday, Moderna (MRNA) surged more than 24% on encouraging data about its experimental COVID-19 vaccine. Sorrento Therapeutics (SRNE) also skyrocketed after announcing positive developments related to its anti-body therapy for COVID-19. 

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US Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell gives a press briefing after the surprise announcement the FED will cut interest rates on March 3, 2020 in Washington,DC. - The US Federal Reserve announced an emergency rate cut Tuesday, responding to the growing economic risk posed by the coronavirus epidemic and giving President Donald Trump the stimulus he has called for. In a unanimous decision, the Fed's policy-setting committee slashed its key interest rate by a half point to a range of 1.0-1.25. (Photo by Eric BARADAT / AFP) (Photo by ERIC BARADAT/AFP via Getty Images)US Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell gives a press briefing after the surprise announcement the FED will cut interest rates on March 3, 2020 in Washington,DC. - The US Federal Reserve announced an emergency rate cut Tuesday, responding to the growing economic risk posed by the coronavirus epidemic and giving President Donald Trump the stimulus he has called for. In a unanimous decision, the Fed's policy-setting committee slashed its key interest rate by a half point to a range of 1.0-1.25. (Photo by Eric BARADAT / AFP) (Photo by ERIC BARADAT/AFP via Getty Images)
US Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell gives a press briefing after the surprise announcement the FED will cut interest rates on March 3, 2020 in Washington,DC. – The US Federal Reserve announced an emergency rate cut Tuesday, responding to the growing economic risk posed by the coronavirus epidemic and giving President Donald Trump the stimulus he has called for. In a unanimous decision, the Fed’s policy-setting committee slashed its key interest rate by a half point to a range of 1.0-1.25. (Photo by Eric BARADAT / AFP) (Photo by ERIC BARADAT/AFP via Getty Images)

‘A coordination of monetary policy and a coordination of health policy that will bring us back’

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Though Fed Reserve actions and government stimulus have lifted the markets, McDonald warns the central bank will ease off those measures by the first quarter of 2021. 

“When they get to the edge, when they get to the limit of where they can no longer inject liquidity, they’ll pull it off,” said McDonald.

“The Fed does not have an unlimited printing press, but it does have time on its side,” said McDonald. 

“People are working hard to get a vaccine, people are working hard to understand how to contain this from a social distancing standpoint … And so it’s going to be a coordination of monetary policy and a coordination of health policy that will bring us back,” he added. 

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