Top Ways to Trade the 2023 Hurricane Season

May 03, 2023
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The 2023 hurricane season could get bad.

In fact, as noted by, “After two years of relatively mild hurricane seasons, 2023 will see above-average hurricane activity, researchers predict. The forecasters expect the number of major hurricanes this year to be similar to 2017, which saw the extremely intense hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.”

If that’s the case, investors may want to look at power generator stocks, like Generac Holdings (GNRC), and home improvement stocks, like Home Depot (HD) and Lowe’s (LOW).

Generac Holdings (GNCR)

GNRC is a $7.54 billion leader in power generation equipment and other light-motor equipment for residential and industrial customers. The company is the market leader in home standby generators and the leading global manufacturer of mobile generators for industrial use. Beyond the physical damage to homes and businesses, one of the biggest inconveniences of a powerful storm is electrical outages. Better, the stock has a history of pushing higher, as hurricane season heats up.

Home Improvement Stocks

Home Depot (HD) and Lowe’s (LOW) historically stand to benefit from increased sales of plywood and other home improvement goods. This segment is “naturally positively exposed to preparation and recovery efforts,” says Morgan Stanley. These “typically see a boost in sales post-storm as damaged property is repaired.”

Xylem (XYL)

Xylem has a history of running higher in hurricane seasons, too. All as it works with “cities, counties and companies to create contingency plans that map out emergency response strategies and identify the required pumping equipment to react to natural disasters.”