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2 Stay-at-Home Tech Stocks to Buy Right Now

Some technology companies have had the unique opportunity to help businesses of all sizes weather the coronavirus pandemic. And some of these tech stocks have thrived as people around the world spend more time at home than ever before. 

Investors who are looking for a couple of investments that are tapping into the stay-at-home trend should consider snatching up shares of Zoom Video Communications (NASDAQ:ZM) and Limelight Networks (NASDAQ:LLNW). Here’s why these two stay-at-home tech stocks are worth considering right now.

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1. Zoom Video in on this investment opportunity 

I was a bit skeptical about Zoom’s stock when it started gaining attention months ago as the U.S. lockdowns began. My hesitation was that there are plenty of other video communication tools available from tech heavyweights, so how could Zoom’s services beat them all? 

Boy was I wrong. Zoom’s stock is up an astounding 611% so

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Stay-at-home orders cut noise exposure almost in half

Oct. 9 (UPI) — Sometimes, living the quiet life is a choice. Other times, it’s the reality of a global pandemic. New research suggests lockdowns and stay-at-home orders led to a dramatic reduction in noise exposure.

For the study, published Friday in the journal Environmental Research Letters, scientists at the University of Michigan collected noise exposure data from volunteer Apple Watch wearers in Florida, New York, California and Texas.

“Volunteer participants opted to share environmental sound data from their Apple Watch and headphone sound data from their iPhone,” researchers wrote. “Participants for this analysis were chosen from four states which exhibited diverse responses to COVID-19.”

Scientists analyzed more than half-a-million sound exposure measurements from before and during the pandemic.

In locations where governments issued social distancing recommendations and stay-at-home orders, average sound exposure dropped three decibels during March and April compared to January and February.

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IKEA gets sales boost from shoppers’ new stay-at-home focus

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – IKEA sees sales returning to growth this year after the coronavirus crisis boosted shoppers’ interest in spending more on their homes, a trend the world’s biggest furniture retailer believes is here to stay.

IKEA is shifting focus from its traditional large out-of-town stores towards e-commerce and smaller inner-city formats as it adapts to the growth of online retailing and new shopping habits.

Jon Abrahamsson Ring, an IKEA veteran who became CEO of brand owner and franchisor Inter IKEA in March, said that, including test formats stores, some 50 new stores would open in the current year, against around 30 in 2019/20. Most of IKEA’s new stores are in inner-cities.

Retail sales – sales of products and services at the 445 IKEA stores and online – shrank 4% in the year through August, to 39.6 billion euros ($46.7 billion).

Abrahamsson Ring told Reuters retail sales at comparable stores

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Enthusiasts suffer cooking burnout 6 months into stay-at-home life, look for fresh ideas | Pune News

Pune: After participating in various social media challenges that gained momentum when the lockdown began, enthusiastically baking, plating and taking ‘Insta-worthy’ images, people are at their wit’s end trying to keep things interesting in the kitchen.
Six months after staying home, people are going through a cooking burnout. “I love to cook, but thinking of what to make has become frustrating of late. We’ve tried many different recipes from various cuisines — Mexican, Spanish, African, and so on, to shake things up between regular Indian home food. But even that has become boring now,” said a cooking enthusiast in the city.
Chef and restaurateur Rachel Goenka said, “It’s unfair to burden one person with deciding what to cook. We usually plan a menu in advance for the week. We think about splitting up the week into vegetarian and non-vegetarian days or deciding on what day you would like to cook
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Stay-at-Home Stocks Send Markets Soaring Friday

The stock market has been looking for a strong recovery, and on Friday, it finally got one. Even though investors are still uncertain about what another potential round of federal government stimulus might look like or whether the COVID-19 crisis will continue, they nevertheless feel confident that the long-range prospects for the economy and the markets are sound. That helped lift the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES:^DJI), S&P 500 (SNPINDEX:^GSPC) and Nasdaq Composite (NASDAQINDEX:^IXIC) considerably on Friday.

Today’s stock market

Index

Percentage Change

Point Change

Dow

+1.34%

+359

S&P 500

+1.60%

+52

Nasdaq Composite

+2.26%

+241

Data source: Yahoo! Finance.

Earlier this year, investors seemed to have the idea that the key to a permanent recovery would be for things to return as much to normal as possible. As 2020 has progressed, though, many market participants are getting more comfortable with the idea that the pandemic might create some

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Stay-at-Home Orders More Effective on Virus Than Closing Businesses

(Bloomberg) — Shelter-in-place orders by U.S. state and local governments did more to combat the spread of the coronavirus than business closures while destroying fewer jobs, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania said in a new study released Wednesday.



a man sitting on a table: A person works from home in an arranged photograph taken in Princeton, Illinois, U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Coronavirus cases in the U.S. increased 0.4% as compared with the same time Monday to 6.32 million, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg News.


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A person works from home in an arranged photograph taken in Princeton, Illinois, U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Coronavirus cases in the U.S. increased 0.4% as compared with the same time Monday to 6.32 million, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg News.

Interventions “that target individual behavior (such as stay-at-home orders) were more effective at reducing transmission at lower economic cost than those that target businesses,” economist Kent Smetters and analysts Alexander Arnon and John Ricco wrote.

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The paper is one of several being presented Thursday at a conference hosted by the Brookings Institution in Washington studying the impact of Covid-19 on

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Stay-at-Home Tech Stocks Rally as Reopening Plays Slump

Tech stocks are holding up relatively well during today’s market selloff, and quite a few of the names seen as winners in the current environment are actually rallying.



a street sign in front of a building: Stay-at-Home Tech Stocks Rally as Reopening Plays Slump


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Stay-at-Home Tech Stocks Rally as Reopening Plays Slump

While the Dow and the S&P 500 at this writing are down 2.8% and 2.2% respectively, the Nasdaq Composite is down 1.3%.

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And the Nasdaq 100 index, the weighting of which skews heavily toward big-cap tech companies, is down just 0.9%.

Worries about a recent spike in global covid-19 cases and related concern about the virus’s economic impact in the coming months are apparently weighing on equity markets today.

Against that backdrop, many investors are once more treating companies whose products and services help consumers work, learn and/or entertain themselves remotely like safe havens — despite the high valuations many of them carry.

Zoom Video Communications is up 6.1%, Fastly

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Some college students face stay-at-home orders as local leaders try to control Covid-19 spread

Hoping to slow an outbreak of Covid-19 cases among their students, a small college in Rhode Island announced a stay-at-home order this week.



a group of people sitting at a picnic table: Students here are seen moving onto the campus at Grand Valley State University in Allendale Township in late August. Students in the township are now under a 'staying in place' order


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Students here are seen moving onto the campus at Grand Valley State University in Allendale Township in late August. Students in the township are now under a ‘staying in place’ order

“We are out of options,” Providence College President Rev. Kenneth Sicard said Thursday. “If we are not successful, we will have no alternative other than to shut down our campus for the remainder of the fall semester.”

The college moved to remote learning for at least a week after more than 80 students tested positive for the virus over two days, Sicard said. Indoor and outdoor gatherings and travel to bars, restaurants and neighborhood businesses are not allowed. Violations will result in “immediate interim suspensions,” the president

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Is Home Depot (HD) Benefiting From the Stay-at-Home Trend?

The Home Depot Inc. HD, which is a leading home-improvement retailer in the United States, is one of the prime beneficiaries of the coronavirus pandemic-induced a stay-at-home trend across all regions. This trend has proved to be a blessing for the home improvement industry. Notably, there has been a marked increase in repairs and home-remodeling projects in the past few months, as people are spending more time at home due to the increased work-from-home situation.

The company noted that accelerated customer engagement for home improvement in the second quarter of fiscal 2020 led to strong growth in its Pro and DIY customer categories. Notably, it witnessed strong demand for exterior and interior projects like deck building, painting projects, landscape work and home repairs due to increase wear and tear. As a result, DIY sales outpaced Pro sales growth in the fiscal second quarter.

Further, its Pro customers’ sales accelerated significantly

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Stay-at-home design: Bright gathering spaces and moody nooks for study and work

Jacquelyn Burke and Jeremiah O’Connor finished reading the Harry Potter books to their son and daughter, ages 7 and 8, during the COVID-19 shutdown this spring. The 18-month marathon took place in the tucked-away space at the top of the stairs (no, not underneath) next to the kids’ craft table. The 42-square-foot reading or “nap nook,” as the family calls it in honor of its somniferous effect, boasts a window seat made from a twin mattress wrapped in tweed, built-in bookshelves, and soot-colored shades. It’s painted in Sherwin-Williams Basil, a cozy shade of saturated green. “We’re a family of readers who love to be home,” Burke says. “It was important that the rooms be comfortable.”

Burke, an attorney who traveled frequently pre-pandemic, also wanted their Milton home to be stylish and clutter-free. She hired interior designer Sarah Scales to pull it together. Absorbing ideas from images of rooms imbued with

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