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99 Problems, But a Beach Ain’t One.

July 15, 2021

Traders Eye Travel and Vacation Stocks, As the World Starts to Open.

Flip flops, sunglasses and air conditioning have all been back in style as the summer has literally heated up across the United States with record temperatures set just weeks after the summer solstice. Last summer involved significant restrictions on travel and vacations due to COVID-19. The majority of companies in the travel and leisure industries suffered devastating  setbacks as many would-be jetsetters and cruisers had to change plans and settle for a stay-cation.

Back in Business?

While the situation surrounding COVID is still extremely serious in many places around the globe, high vaccination and lower disease transmission rates in some countries have helped to contribute to a very different experience for many compared to last year. 

Things are not necessarily back to “normal,” but stocks associated with travel and leisure have made back crucial ground since their precipitous lows about a year and a quarter ago. However, travel & leisure stocks still seem to have considerable room to continue their recovery and price growth compared to before COVID.

For those who are traveling, health and safety concerns may still exist, but with 2,147,090 people passing through the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s checkpoints on July 1st — a cut above 2019’s number of 2,088,760 and just short of triple 2020’s count of 764,761 — things seem to be looking up.

A Trader’s Opportunity?

One option to gain from short-term bull moves in the travel and leisure sectors for the experienced trader could be Direxion’s Daily Travel & Vacation Bull 2X Shares ETF (NYSEARCA: OOTO). OOTO is a leveraged ETF that tracks the performance of the BlueStar® Travel and Vacation Index (BTOURNTR) by index company MV Index Solutions. 

BTOURNTR is an “index providing exposure to global commercial airlines, hotels and resorts, report casinos, travel agencies and online travel booking sites, hotel REITs, cruise lines, theme parks and ski resorts.” Some of the index’s top holdings include Walt Disney Co (NYSE: DIS), Booking Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: BKNG), Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE: DAL) and Carnival Corp (NYSE: CCL).

OOTO: Index Top Ten Holdings. As of 6/30/2021.

Walt Disney5.26
Booking Holdings5.02
Marriott4.86
Airbnb - Class A4.17
Delta Air Lines3.72
Southwest Airlines3.47
Hilton3.30
Trip3.19
Carnival2.97
Las Vegas Sands2.90

Vacation Mode: On

While the weather scorches travelers in the northern hemisphere, traders may want to consider opportunities to participate in a warmed up travel sector as well, especially domestically. Additionally, as temperatures cool in the coming months, cold weather activities popular in the United States, like skiing and snowmobiling could see a significant upswing along with cruises and travel for an escape to warmer climates.

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