We review relative price-action patterns among industry groups belonging to the “reopening economy” theme. These are areas that have been hit hard by the pandemic and should benefit the most from a return to economic normalcy. Conversely, a variety of industries profit on days when it appears that the economic shutdown may be prolonged. Recent performance is incorporated to re-examine the trends.
Although COVID-19 has significantly impacted everyone, its economic wake has been unusually bifurcated compared to past crises. Since the pandemic requires social distancing, the recession and its aftermath have been concentrated disproportionately among “social and lower-earning” industries. This odd, if not unique, divergence in the economic fortunes of low and high-earning industries perhaps explains how overall real GDP, the unemployment rate, the housing industry, manufacturing activities, and other economic segments have managed to recover quickly and powerfully.