What are the biggest gainers during the 2008 market crash? We have been receiving questions about recession risks in recent months. Investors believe that they should allocate a bigger percentage of their portfolios into recession resistant stocks. Contrary to investor expectations, several growth stocks including Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN), and Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) grew during the 2008 recession, so investors don’t have to ignore growth stocks to be conservative.Actually only one of these three stocks (Apple Inc., Amazon.com and Netflix) delivered positive returns during the 2008 crash and found a place in our list. Currently all three stocks are among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds though Netflix is declining sharply in rankings. Investors know that Netflix is recession resistant but they aren’t certain that it is Disney+ resistant.
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Back to the biggest gainers during 2008. The biggest gainers in the 2008 market crash had a lot in common. A large majority of these were ‘defensive’ stocks, which alludes to stock which are generally considered to not be risky. At a time when the global markets were falling, investors were selling and put their money in these stocks to avoid losing everything. These defensive stocks are likely to generate better returns in the next recession as well. There were also some pharmaceutical stocks that returned strong returns and these aren’t as likely to deliver strong returns in the next recession for obvious reasons.
We have determined 10 stocks that went up during the 2008 crash, based on the data available for stock prices during the year. Each of these stocks had a higher share price in March 2009 when compared to September 2008. However, it is important to note that these are not the only stocks which gained in value during the 2008 recession; these are just the most interesting ones. Let’s take a look at these miraculous stocks, which earned their investors double digits returns when the world around them was collapsing:
10. Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ:ALGT)
When you think of a company which would deliver positive gains during the biggest recession of our lifetime, a travel company would not be your first thought. After all, who would consider travelling at a time when disposable income was but a distant dream. But Allegiant is a budget airline, and due to oil prices falling during the recession, they were actually able to cut their costs while maintaining flights which were at least 90% full.
9. Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ:CECO)
A dark entry perhaps in this list, Career Education Corporation was able to take advantage of the recession by offering education as a surety for jobs in uncertain times. People forked out tens of thousands of dollars on degrees in the hopes that they would guarantee them a job, despite the recession, which certainly shows where the US lacks when compared to other developed nations where for-profit schools are unfathomable.