3 Top Stocks to Recession-Proof Your Portfolio

If you’re scared about the market buckling in an economic downturn, check out a streaming video star, specialty retailer, and warehouse club operator built to thrive in all climates…

Roku (NASDAQ:ROKU)O’Reilly Automotive (NASDAQ:ORLY), and Costo (NASDAQ:COST) are some of the top recession-proof stocks that should be making waves this month. Let’s peel back back the curtain for a closer look.

Roku

Smart TVs keep getting cheaper, and in-home connectivity keeps improving. Streaming services seem built to withstand economic downturns, but why try to single out the good eggs when you can just buy the basket?

Roku is a fast-growing platform with a widening line of gadgetry to get you connected. It’s also the operating system of choice for smart-TV manufacturers, so a lot of the 43 million homes with Roku accounts have never had to pay to connect to the hub with access to thousands of apps.

How does Roku make money if it’s free to use and its gadgetry isn’t sold for a lot more than cost? It sells advertising like most free-to-use services. The company also gets a piece of the action when it refers consumers to most streaming services. Roku’s average revenue per user (invisible to the actual viewer) has risen 18% over the past year to $24.92 over the trailing 12-month period. Stack that on top of the 29% uptick in account growth over the past year, and you have platform revenue surging 46% in Roku’s latest quarter.

O’Reilly Automotive

Auto parts may not seem like an all-weather industry at first glance, especially since it’s tied to the big-ticket purchase of an automobile. The key here is that car sales may be cyclical and rely on a buoyant economy, but automotive aftermarket parts are forever.

O’Reilly actually thrives when folks are not buying new cars. The 5,562-store chain has a stronger hold on owners of older cars since those are the vehicles that require more maintenance and replacement parts. Even the recent trend away from auto ownership shouldn’t scare you away, since this all translates into more wear and tear on the vehicles being driven around by ridesharing app services.

It all comes together to deliver predictable growth. O’Reilly Automotive hasn’t posted a decline in annual revenue in the past three decades. It’s had 27 consecutive years of positive comps, so this streak…

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