Have you ever noticed how some investment portfolios seem to hold up no matter what? That’s probably because they contain a few safe and sure plays to buoy them through tough times. Now, the big question is how to choose stocks most likely to perform well during a market crash…
There are a few important things to consider. One is the ability of the company to continue generating revenue during a difficult period. Another is the company’s overall financial strength and stock market track record. And finally, it’s important to consider the company’s brand strength or loyalty of customers. Let’s take a look at three stocks that offer some of these characteristics — and make great stocks to buy if the market crashes.
Target‘s (NYSE:TGT) selection of essentials and practical discretionary items mean it’s likely to post rising sales even during difficult periods. The company has been expanding its grocery offering over the past couple of years. And last year it made fresh and frozen grocery items available for pickup in most locations nationwide.
The retail giant also has focused on developing owned brands in products consumers need. Target’s All in Motion activewear brand launched in January of last year — and it’s already become a billion-dollar brand. Target has 10 billion-dollar owned brands, including kids clothing brand Cat & Jack.
The coronavirus pandemic clearly gave Target a boost. Consumers opted for online shopping and delivery or pickup options — a strength at Target. For the full year, Target reported $15 billion in sales growth. That’s more than Target’s total sales growth over the previous 11 years. Digital sales climbed 145%. And Target’s delivery and pickup services posted 235% growth.
Digital gains are likely to continue. Even prior to the pandemic, Target already had been growing digital sales more than 25% annually over six consecutive years. And net income has climbed for the past three years.
Disney (NYSE:DIS) swung to a loss last year as the coronavirus temporarily closed its biggest revenue driver: its parks. The parks, experiences, and products business in 2019 made up 38% of sales. Disney closed its parks in March 2020. The Florida parks — including the Magic Kingdom — reopened in July. But Disneyland in California remained closed — it’s now set to open on April 30.
Still, Disney shares have advanced more than 80% over the past year. Disney’s streaming services including Disney+ offered investors a reason for optimism. That business unit posted an…
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