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Scholastic (SCHL) Is the Most Recession-Resistant Stock to Buy Now

Alex Smith

Palm Valley Capital recently released its Q1 2020 Investor Letter, a copy of which you can download below. The fund posted a return of 0.79% for the quarter, outperforming its benchmark, the S&P Small Cap 600 Index which returned -32.65% in the same quarter. You should check out Palm Valley Capital’s top 5 stock picks which helped them beat the market by nearly 33 percentage points. There weren’t a lot of funds who could deliver these kinds of returns without shorting the market or using aggressive put options.

In the said letter, Palm Valley Capital highlighted a few stocks and Scholastic Corp (NASDAQ:SCHL) is one of them. Scholastic is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books. Year-to-date, SCHL stock lost 26.8% and on May 18th it had a closing price of $28.48. Here is what Palm Valley Capital said:

"Scholastic (SCHL) is the world’s top publisher and distributor of children’s books and provides instructional materials for grades pre-K to 12. Popular original titles include Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Captain Underpants, Dog Man, and Clifford the Big Red Dog. While children’s book sales are relatively recession-resistant, Scholastic’s school-based book fairs and clubs will be adversely impacted by the closure of schools across the country. Nevertheless, the firm entered the crisis with a cash-rich balance sheet and significant owned real estate assets. We bought the stock at a discount to tangible book value."

In Q3 2019, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on SCHL stock increased by about 14% from the previous quarter (see the chart here), so a number of other hedge fund managers seem to agree with SCHL’s growth potential.

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