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 $92.20 $45,746
ATO $96.64 $11,921
VZ $57.33 $246,028
CLX $209.76 $26,425
CMS $65.75 $18,823
HSY $145.44 $30,255
XEL $71.41 $37,515
PG $141.45 $350,740
WMT $143.55 $406,785
CTXS $126.65 $15,645
ED $81.44 $27,241
UN $60.75 $161,772
UL $61.57 $161,772
PSA $235.11 $41,098
NAC $14.54 $2,104
BCE $42.70 $38,678
NEA $14.26 $3,973
MRK $79.21 $200,341
NEE $302.27 $148,006
DUK $93.89 $69,050
ORAN $11.09 $29,481
EQC $26.60 $3,232
ADSW $30.27 $2,747
BTT $25.01 $1,763
NGG $61.16 $43,254
WCN $102.06 $26,844
WEC $101.80 $32,111
AGR $49.39 $15,262
CUBE $34.47 $6,678
COR $123.81 $5,266
AWK $153.61 $27,835
SNY $48.93 $123,552
SAFT $69.77 $1,052
NEU $359.13 $3,923
EXR $117.46 $15,161
RCI $44.32 $22,437
AEE $83.03 $20,515
CHL $32.66 $133,421
DEO $137.29 $79,632
HSBC $20.17 $82,174
NVS $84.41 $208,827
FLO $24.06 $5,091
SJM $115.63 $13,190
NVO $70.88 $128,323
PNW $85.73 $9,650
LNT $56.46 $14,095
EXPO $73.85 $3,812
HE $34.83 $3,803
CHD $90.99 $22,503
CAJ $16.26 $21,513
KMB $138.09 $47,095
LLY $141.65 $135,484
KO $50.68 $217,693
CL $79.29 $67,983
GIS $61.31 $37,481
PEP $139.61 $192,935
ATR $118.31 $7,628
ALX $245.27 $1,253
TM $133.42 $217,388
D $81.18 $68,225
JKHY $157.81 $12,045
IDA $90.19 $4,551
GSK $35.09 $87,923
MKC $194.63 $25,965
NI $24.04 $9,208
AZN $51.96 $137,215
RSG $91.77 $29,228
TFSL $16.37 $4,586
DG $214.32 $53,373
MDLZ $56.82 $81,158
CCI $156.25 $65,573
EQIX $777.55 $68,858
DEA $21.92 $1,747
ES $92.92 $31,841
AMT $235.77 $104,581
RELX $21.42 $41,557
LSI $115.88 $5,437
SR $58.26 $2,999
SBAC $294.01 $32,911
TRI $81.92 $40,725
QGEN $50.48 $11,652
ICE $99.36 $55,766
TMUS $111.64 $138,189
HTA $25.48 $5,569
CFFN $11.61 $1,643
CME $163.48 $58,628
ETJ $9.77 $624
EIG $33.10 $969
DLR $152.30 $40,968
ELS $62.03 $11,303
MO $38.99 $72,459
WTM $968.28 $3,003
RDY $67.81 $11,321
SJR $17.78 $9,127
WMK $47.60 $1,280
RNR $178.44 $9,139
PGR $94.39 $55,256
LANC $182.39 $5,023
HR $30.31 $4,124
COST $375.75 $165,791
PEG $60.87 $30,785
ROL $59.45 $19,485
NHC $65.13 $1,000
SO $60.56 $63,959
ATRI $669.94 $1,225
BLL $91.13 $29,760
PFE $37.43 $207,994
JNJ $145.08 $381,970
K $66.36 $22,756
MCD $229.15 $170,511
BMY $60.76 $136,949
CPB $47.91 $14,482
BKH $59.16 $3,712
CHKP $121.00 $16,964
ADC $65.39 $3,621
ETR $108.04 $21,631
GILD $60.67 $76,063
GGG $64.46 $10,800
JBSS $76.25 $673
PSB $116.45 $3,200
KR $32.64 $25,274
CCU $12.25 $2,228
UTL $39.50 $592
DOX $57.29 $7,621
SNN $38.48 $16,759
BRO $46.64 $13,190
POR $40.13 $3,592
CHRW $99.58 $13,426
T $28.28 $201,495
TU $18.29 $23,397
TRNO $59.95 $4,096
AMH $30.21 $9,101
PINC $34.36 $4,187
OGS $73.95 $3,913
CABO $1,982.34 $11,934
MDT $111.84 $150,337
ANAT $72.15 $1,940
TMX $47.33 $6,247
WLTW $209.56 $27,004
VRSK $188.88 $30,671
AMSF $58.37 $1,128
CBZ $24.04 $1,315
UDR $32.78 $9,672
CHE $488.23 $7,772
NWE $54.00 $2,731
ALE $55.52 $2,880
WM $115.77 $48,908
PSO $6.89 $5,156
WIT $5.02 $26,647
AKAM $108.00 $17,572
EXC $42.23 $41,153
FE $33.03 $17,906
SLGN $35.64 $3,952
SWX $68.53 $3,832
RLI $92.78 $4,171
SEB $3,459.70 $4,016
AVA $34.35 $2,333
TTC $84.42 $9,058
TYL $399.01 $16,056
NEM $60.54 $48,671
HTLD $19.12 $1,556
SUI $142.23 $13,978
AJG $107.76 $20,633
DRE $38.67 $14,330
DTE $123.03 $23,702
RE $207.04 $8,276
NFG $43.14 $3,924
BAX $81.45 $41,233
ALL $91.69 $28,636
CPK $92.82 $1,531
CERN $72.59 $22,168
EQR $50.75 $18,890
MCY $41.58 $2,302
MAA $118.65 $13,569
NICE $224.95 $14,180
MMC $113.38 $57,430
OGE $32.49 $6,504
WSO $227.97 $8,805
HSTM $21.10 $675
CCOI $57.45 $2,717
EMD $12.60 $765
BAH $78.44 $10,809
REXR $48.05 $5,948
ZTS $162.38 $77,154
POST $92.63 $6,271
HLI $63.25 $4,413
AY $30.03 $3,051
CCEP $39.48 $17,937
KDP $29.55 $41,583
CBPO $113.49 $4,379
EVRG $56.58 $12,834
TWNK $13.03 $1,703
CB $127.63 $57,608
NSA $33.56 $2,322
NWBI $10.55 $1,348
ZNGA $9.30 $10,002
DEI $24.92 $4,370
FIS $142.72 $88,430
ORA $71.23 $3,638
DPZ $391.74 $15,435
BF.B $75.18 $34,712
KT $10.06 $5,280
ESLT $119.56 $5,337
ARE $160.16 $20,199
FMX $56.49 $18,152
IX $63.81 $16,644
BAP $121.77 $11,493
OTEX $40.68 $11,080
LXP $10.67 $2,953
ESS $202.52 $13,206
EXPD $94.27 $15,805
BCPC $104.39 $3,377
TEF $3.62 $18,985
SON $53.50 $5,370
AMGN $227.98 $133,526
CNI $104.55 $74,389
DHR $233.98 $165,988
OMC $51.58 $11,083
HMC $24.61 $44,368
ORCL $59.69 $179,497
PHG $49.50 $45,072
CVS $59.48 $77,842
BDX $241.09 $69,884
ADP $148.85 $63,983
SCI $44.65 $7,868
ABC $98.72 $20,153
CHCO $61.85 $991
CPT $92.20 $8,980
HMN $35.61 $1,472
FCN $109.61 $4,011
SKM $23.18 $17,004
MSEX $68.61 $1,198
REGN $575.73 $61,253
NOC $302.99 $50,513
ERIE $230.50 $10,647
WABC $54.46 $1,467
RGR $61.82 $1,082
NDAQ $130.09 $21,368
AIZ $124.59 $7,432
MKTX $567.37 $21,544
HRC $91.07 $6,066
ABBV $84.31 $148,793
LAND $14.36 $343
GBDC $13.35 $2,233
WBA $37.51 $32,480
ZTO $30.97 $58,047
STE $188.19 $16,006
AON $207.47 $48,016
LIN $233.20 $122,514
FCFS $57.78 $2,394
INGR $77.05 $5,161
SFM $20.85 $2,459
LOPE $80.98 $3,829
PM $74.86 $116,578
AXS $47.44 $4,000
NNI $65.71 $2,518
SBSI $26.72 $883
MMS $66.99 $4,107
RY $74.10 $105,451
PNM $50.17 $3,996
BRC $41.35 $2,150
RDWR $24.04 $1,110
RMD $182.82 $26,492
OTTR $40.44 $1,653
MKL $1,014.85 $13,982
KRC $49.62 $5,715
SRE $132.28 $38,263
FDS $327.97 $12,461
CSGS $40.23 $1,331
CVBF $18.33 $2,484
BTI $33.56 $76,912
Y $590.56 $8,452
UHAL $372.29 $7,300
APD $292.25 $64,556
GOLD $26.89 $47,833
ADM $51.68 $28,716
ABT $109.48 $193,838

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