Dicks Sporting Goods (DKS) Is the Most Recession-Resistant Stock to Buy Now

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 Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. (NYSE:DKS) is one of them. Dick’s Sporting Goods is a sporting goods retail company. Year-to-date, DKS stock lost 40.3% and on May 18th it had a closing price of $29.65. Here is what Palm Valley Capital said:

“Dick’s Sporting Goods (DKS) is a market leading retailer of sporting goods. Through its 850 stores, Dick’s provides consumers with an extensive selection of sporting equipment, apparel, and footwear. Although we understand the challenges Dick’s and other retailers are facing, we are encouraged by the company’s abundant liquidity ($69 million in cash and $1.36 billion credit facility availability) and underleveraged balance sheet (0.35x Debt to EBITDA). We expect Dick’s will survive the current retail recession and believe its stock is selling below our discounted cash flow valuation.”

In Q4 2019, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on DKS stock remained unchanged from the previous quarter (see the chart here).

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