Low Volatility Stocks

It can seem counterintuitive to many investors, but stocks that are less volatile than their counterparts have historically produced comparable or better returns. This means that on a risk-adjusted basis, low volatility stocks have been superior investments. We measure low volatility in two ways. The standard deviation measures the volatility of each stocks on a standalone basis. Beta also accounts for a stock’s correlation with other stocks. The combined score uses both metrics.

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Stocks With Highest Low Volatility Factor Exposure

Ticker Price Market Cap
($mil)
AEP $78.83 $39,130
VZ $57.04 $236,037
CLX $195.55 $24,649
CMS $57.82 $16,556
HSY $147.42 $30,685
XEL $63.56 $33,398
PG $135.80 $335,352
CAJ $21.21 $26,643
CHD $84.51 $20,997
CTXS $131.99 $16,251
ED $68.46 $23,421
LNT $48.09 $12,011
TR $30.00 $1,964
AEE $73.99 $18,291
PSA $221.23 $38,676
FLO $22.14 $4,685
SJM $112.55 $12,841
EXR $110.28 $14,486
NAC $14.76 $2,136
BCE $43.47 $39,329
NEA $15.00 $4,179
AWK $158.00 $28,641
MRK $82.17 $207,893
CUBE $33.81 $6,602
DUK $91.66 $67,458
ORAN $12.16 $32,196
EQC $27.49 $3,341
WEC $86.86 $27,399
BTT $25.38 $1,789
TRI $78.54 $39,045
LSI $120.20 $5,841
SBAC $264.12 $29,348
NGG $59.70 $42,224
ES $89.57 $30,707
AGR $45.00 $13,927
CCI $154.76 $66,748
AMT $214.99 $95,501
COR $120.37 $5,148
NEU $424.35 $4,634
DLR $133.45 $37,388
SNY $49.03 $123,927
SAFT $79.13 $1,179
WTM $1,016.00 $3,152
NVS $94.62 $232,142
WMK $48.00 $1,291
RCI $47.71 $24,243
UL $59.84 $156,030
MKC $91.62 $24,448
NVO $71.03 $129,511
PNW $77.05 $8,676
HE $33.45 $3,661
IDA $89.55 $4,519
D $71.02 $57,939
TM $151.34 $247,058
WMT $146.97 $415,820
KMB $131.57 $44,752
GIS $55.75 $34,088
KO $49.23 $211,563
ATO $87.64 $11,046
CL $81.94 $70,236
LLY $186.69 $178,584
K $59.05 $20,296
SO $59.04 $62,361
PEG $57.78 $29,228
PEP $141.76 $195,906
ATR $139.45 $9,026
BLL $89.93 $29,417
COST $362.35 $160,505
EXPO $94.72 $4,890
JKHY $153.96 $11,750
JBSS $80.23 $916
LANC $174.21 $4,798
GILD $62.40 $78,220
NI $21.86 $8,377
PGR $93.45 $54,724
SEB $3,252.00 $3,775
AZN $51.29 $135,312
BRO $45.75 $12,996
RSG $93.70 $29,864
RDY $72.01 $12,041
CFFN $13.21 $1,833
DG $213.24 $52,244
TRNO $55.32 $3,782
TFSL $19.48 $5,459
AMH $29.47 $9,320
MDLZ $57.31 $81,963
WCN $101.70 $26,737
EQIX $689.67 $61,451
DEA $22.42 $1,821
QGEN $53.19 $12,278
CBPO $118.06 $4,579
SR $61.21 $3,162
HLI $71.17 $4,934
PINC $36.95 $4,511
ETJ $10.44 $666
ELS $59.62 $10,864
POR $42.45 $3,800
CHE $522.00 $8,327
AKAM $102.85 $16,743
TYL $419.22 $16,906
DEO $160.22 $93,332
HSBC $27.79 $113,383
RNR $164.58 $8,362
GSK $38.16 $95,579
HR $29.88 $4,065
HTLD $18.66 $1,508
KR $33.14 $25,231
ETR $94.00 $18,822
CHKP $128.63 $18,034
ATRI $708.55 $1,296
NHC $72.23 $1,109
PFE $36.75 $204,329
ALX $271.26 $1,385
MCD $208.50 $155,356
JNJ $160.65 $422,918
DHR $236.70 $168,146
BMY $66.02 $149,189
CPB $45.87 $13,896
BAX $80.05 $40,891
DTE $121.70 $23,556
DRE $38.58 $14,350
SUI $139.00 $13,661
ADC $62.35 $3,929
AJG $116.01 $22,311
BKH $61.23 $3,842
GGG $75.00 $12,566
SWX $59.89 $3,404
RLI $102.58 $4,622
OGE $30.72 $6,145
EXC $42.58 $41,540
SLGN $36.28 $4,012
WSO $232.88 $8,926
WM $114.64 $48,448
MO $41.11 $76,400
WIT $6.53 $35,367
CCOI $60.35 $2,852
CHRW $97.37 $13,237
AMSF $59.45 $1,149
T $29.29 $208,720
POST $99.37 $6,546
HTA $28.22 $6,168
TU $20.74 $26,505
ZTS $160.96 $76,499
TMUS $124.69 $154,764
NOMD $25.61 $4,509
ICE $115.62 $64,896
OGS $71.46 $3,794
RELX $24.94 $48,180
TMX $52.11 $6,884
TWNK $14.06 $1,839
STE $189.84 $16,203
EVRG $53.31 $12,092
KDP $31.54 $44,385
CABO $1,982.69 $11,945
MDT $117.77 $158,521
LAND $15.08 $363
REXR $46.55 $6,076
ZNGA $9.91 $10,693
VRSK $193.88 $31,523
BAH $91.46 $12,612
CME $194.14 $69,694
CBZ $27.22 $1,484
ALE $69.00 $3,586
NWE $58.20 $2,944
DOX $70.33 $9,221
HSTM $24.84 $787
FE $31.25 $16,956
NEM $63.33 $50,877
MAA $129.00 $14,754
TTC $100.17 $10,781
UTL $43.55 $654
PSB $133.12 $3,659
LXP $10.24 $2,836
EXPD $94.44 $15,985
BCPC $123.69 $4,002
CERN $80.33 $24,628
CWT $54.71 $2,727
SCI $50.13 $8,660
AMGN $241.66 $140,687
ABT $110.04 $195,031
NFG $44.00 $4,002
EBF $18.59 $485
RE $235.20 $9,400
BDX $257.77 $74,973
ADP $161.91 $69,429
CNI $112.37 $79,938
ROL $37.47 $18,421
ABC $105.64 $21,624
SRE $122.53 $35,346
CPK $103.49 $1,807
MMC $111.99 $56,800
REGN $517.91 $55,264
AVA $40.15 $2,760
NICE $273.50 $17,432
MCY $52.02 $2,880
ARE $167.67 $23,376
PSO $9.25 $6,981
ERIE $249.75 $11,536
SNN $43.90 $18,985
BF.B $73.46 $34,423
DPZ $373.80 $14,728
PNM $48.51 $4,164
HRC $101.27 $6,766
EMD $13.62 $827
GBDC $14.48 $2,423
NWBI $13.98 $1,786
WLTW $205.50 $26,490
CB $155.82 $70,333
NSA $36.51 $2,526
ZTO $29.75 $25,571
AON $206.62 $47,069
VIV $8.63 $14,461
MSI $173.47 $29,407
BR $153.57 $17,756
EGOV $27.23 $1,825
KT $10.82 $5,748
NNI $72.69 $2,787
AIZ $139.13 $8,175
NDAQ $142.13 $23,315
MKTX $512.08 $19,440
UTHR $167.26 $7,433
JNPR $24.21 $7,983
LII $284.51 $10,894
MMS $76.07 $4,675
VRSN $195.70 $22,331
WABC $59.68 $1,604
MSEX $70.29 $1,228
NOC $303.02 $50,518
RGR $72.92 $1,276
RMD $213.28 $30,908
MKL $1,015.52 $13,992
COO $375.15 $18,429
FCN $114.40 $4,080
FDS $320.64 $12,177
CPT $99.18 $9,660
CHCO $71.25 $1,125
APD $286.25 $63,275
TMO $496.91 $196,943
ALL $109.06 $33,162
ADM $52.87 $29,416
HMC $28.25 $50,915
ORCL $61.60 $181,352
GOLD $23.68 $42,091
Y $615.52 $8,698
SON $60.30 $6,055
PHG $54.06 $49,492
ESS $237.08 $15,459
FR $41.15 $5,310
SKM $25.60 $18,804
HMN $42.69 $1,768
SMP $42.78 $960
WRB $66.01 $11,764
OTTR $42.26 $1,735
PPL $28.21 $21,689
RIO $84.84 $138,614
RDWR $28.62 $1,321
SBSI $33.37 $1,104
ORA $112.62 $6,289
FIS $129.19 $80,164
ESLT $140.26 $6,169
WINA $183.80 $687
MASI $261.76 $14,411
TRV $142.32 $36,051
LHCG $211.55 $6,683
PLD $95.50 $70,596
LOPE $89.79 $4,207
AY $45.13 $4,814
SFM $20.46 $2,414
QTS $60.05 $3,869
WBA $49.32 $42,615
CONE $70.31 $8,467
ANAT $97.54 $2,623
LIN $263.69 $138,234
WPM $41.12 $18,487
INVH $28.95 $16,227
GOLF $41.32 $3,070
CSR $72.57 $942
ABBV $111.63 $197,080
CCEP $48.72 $22,150
ICLR $210.66 $11,087
POOL $366.70 $14,726
UDR $38.73 $11,405
ICFI $79.09 $1,492
PM $81.18 $126,423
MGEE $66.63 $2,410
THS $38.82 $2,194
PSEC $5.72 $2,177
CCU $16.53 $3,007
RY $85.58 $121,801
OTEX $46.40 $12,635
NBTB $35.12 $1,532
NEOG $83.56 $4,449
WAT $262.90 $16,312
SJW $67.56 $1,929
JJSF $151.96 $2,881
LMT $347.44 $97,208
CVBF $21.44 $2,906
EGP $135.03 $5,341
EIX $61.63 $23,328
CBU $68.30 $3,657
COG $19.30 $7,693
ERIC $11.69 $39,740
CVS $75.05 $98,234
LNN $140.77 $1,530
AZO $1,248.02 $28,404

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