First of all, let me say that I always get excited when someone tells me that they are interested in investing in the stock market. I honestly believe (and historical data backs me up here!) that the stock market, over time, is one of the best and most effective ways that you can make your money grow. That said, there are risks to investing in the stock market; while the historical trend of the *entire* stock market increases between 5% - 8% on average each year, there are many individual stocks that do not follow this trend. Some of these stocks can rocket upward ( you've probably heard about these over the past couple of months), but there are many that lose a significant chunk of their value, sometimes overnight!
Why am I telling you this? I am a Financial Analyst, and I have been studying, researching, and investing in stocks for around 8 years or so, and I would *never* invest in a stock that someone told me about without researching it myself first. One of my most important rules of investing is to *never invest in something you do not understand*. It can seem tempting and easy to just put money into a stock that someone tells you about, but how do you know what kind of research they've done into that stock? Do they truly believe it will perform well? Do they even know how the business is doing, or are they just parroting what someone else had told them?
If you are looking to learn how to begin investing, I would recommend starting with a paper trading account (Interactive Brokers is one brokerage that offers this, there are others). With a paper trading account, you can practice investing with fake money, which would allow you to learn the basics of buying and selling stocks - without the risk of losing your actual hard-earned money. I would also recommend reading up on investing: an excellent book that practically everyone in the industry has read is The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham, and it's a great book to learn what investing is all about - as well as how to perform research on a stock.
I know this doesn't answer your specific question about which stocks to invest in right now, but I hope that this is of even greater use to you. If and when you do decide you are ready to invest, be sure you are doing it with your eyes wide open to all of the risks that come with it.
Anthony recommends the following next steps:
It's great you are interested in learning more about investing especially at an early age. Time horizon is one of the most important factors when deciding to make an investment. It is very difficult to trade the market and make a "quick profit" so many people often choose to invest in companies or ETFs that have significant growth potential over long periods of time. Think about whether or not you think a particular company or industry will be relevant in 2, 5, 10, 20 years... that can help define whether or not you choose to enter an investment.
As far as looking to invest in opportunities that arose from the Covid-19 pandemic, start researching companies that are involved in the shift towards digital commerce and work, as well as overall industries supporting these new and what seem to be enduring behavioral shifts (E-commerce, Digital Advertising, Cybersecurity, IT infrastructure, Telecom, Workforce Management, etc.). As Anthony mentioned in the above post, always do your own research before investing and try to understand how the business works (aka how they make money).
I also recommend subscribing to the Morning Brew email newsletter to keep up with current business news and generate future investment ideas.
Best of luck!
Hope that helps!