This FTSE 250 stock is up 30% in 2020 despite the stock market crash. I’d buy

first_imgThis FTSE 250 stock is up 30% in 2020 despite the stock market crash. I’d buy Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Alan Oscroft | Thursday, 15th October, 2020 | More on: DNLM MARS Image source: Getty Images I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Alan Oscroft has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Marstons. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Today, I’m looking at two stocks that have been treated very differently by the Covid-19 pandemic. One is Dunelm Group (LSE: DNLM). Although it did drop sharply at the start of the stock market crash, the Dunelm share price recovered quickly and it’s now up 30% so far this year.Hot on the heels of final results released in September, the home furnishings retailer has now given us a first quarter update. Full-year sales had dipped a little, by 3.9%, and EPS fell 14%. But at 27 June, Dunelm had net cash of £45.5m on the books. That was partly due to £80m of exceptional working capital inflows. But it’s a big improvement on the firm’s net debt of £25.3m a year previously.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Following on from that, in the 13 weeks to 26 September, sales figures have shown Dunlem’s resilience in the face of the stock market crash. Total sales are up 36.7% from the first quarter last year to £359.1m. Digital sales grew as a proportion of the mix by 12.1 percentage points to 29.7%.Dunelm’s gross margin improved too, by 100bps, due to strong demand leading to a lower proportion of discounted sales. We hear the firm’s cash balance has been “flattered by the timing of the September month end payment run of approximately £60m.” But with net cash of £175.2m, I doubt shareholders are complaining.I’ve mentioned the key word once already, resilience. And that really is what’s making the difference between successful companies and strugglers now. I rate Dunelm as what billionaire investor Warren Buffett might describe as ‘a wonderful company at a fair price’. Some, mind, might see the valuation as a bit stretched.Stock market crash victimAt the other end of the scale, we have Marston’s (LSE: MARS), whose shares are down 67% in the stock market crash. With pubs closed across the country for months, and restrictions being reinforced after having been relaxed, business is hurting.Marston’s is due to release full-year results on 10 December. And, on Thursday, we got a trading update. Overall total sales for the year are down 30% on last year to £821m. And total pub sales fell 34% to £515m. The company had reopened around 99% of its pubs, but where the second coronavirus wave will take us is yet to be seen.Net borrowings at 3 October were £70m below last year’s level, at £1,329m. That reflects pub disposals and government support, but it suggests the company is in a sufficiently strong state of liquidity. There should be around £230m coming from the transfer of Marston’s Beer Company to the firm’s joint venture with Carlsberg too.Sadly, recently escalating restrictions on the pub trade are resulting in redundancy for more than 2,000 furloughed workers. And there are clearly some tough months ahead for Marston’s and the rest of the sector, with no end in sight yet for the stock market crash.A recovery investment? I think Marston’s will survive just fine. But even without a pandemic, I’ve never been tempted by the pub business. Competition is fierce, differentiation is almost non-existent. And I just don’t see any wonderful companies in the sector. 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