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 $89.09 $44,567
VZ $55.73 $230,729
CLX $164.06 $20,404
CMS $63.24 $18,318
HSY $179.85 $37,056
XEL $68.70 $36,991
PG $143.95 $352,423
CHD $85.14 $20,906
ED $74.85 $26,427
LNT $59.98 $15,003
NVO $93.12 $164,980
AEE $85.61 $21,878
PSA $309.58 $54,170
FLO $23.50 $4,975
SJM $132.81 $14,392
EXR $176.55 $23,610
NAC $16.09 $2,329
BCE $49.91 $45,159
NEA $15.98 $4,779
AWK $175.30 $31,812
MRK $76.41 $193,475
CHT $42.33 $32,499
CUBE $50.37 $10,163
DUK $106.61 $82,006
ORAN $11.35 $30,014
EQC $25.97 $3,167
WEC $95.61 $30,159
NGG $64.89 $45,905
TRI $105.29 $52,187
CLBK $18.08 $1,964
SBAC $346.02 $37,835
GIC $38.62 $1,457
AGR $52.81 $20,448
CCI $194.77 $84,178
EQIX $820.31 $73,623
DEA $22.59 $1,895
ES $87.80 $30,156
AMT $284.35 $129,419
COR $139.98 $6,188
DG $235.05 $55,520
DLR $155.15 $43,688
NEU $316.30 $3,457
SNY $51.50 $129,616
SAFT $77.19 $1,157
NVS $92.71 $227,469
WMK $54.20 $1,458
PNW $80.98 $9,131
MKC $83.79 $22,394
UL $57.83 $150,429
GILD $69.83 $87,579
HE $43.83 $4,790
JBSS $92.46 $1,060
D $75.50 $60,893
CTXS $103.00 $12,796
CAJ $24.43 $31,947
TM $185.95 $300,233
WMT $143.82 $403,005
KMB $135.64 $45,678
GIS $59.39 $36,062
CL $79.42 $66,992
ATO $99.68 $13,025
KO $56.92 $245,702
BMY $69.31 $154,015
CPB $43.35 $13,137
K $63.61 $21,659
PEP $156.67 $216,536
SO $64.13 $67,902
PEG $63.51 $32,103
ATR $128.63 $8,484
ATRI $634.98 $1,161
BLL $80.44 $26,405
COST $435.07 $192,331
EXPO $109.53 $5,709
IDA $106.90 $5,400
KR $42.62 $31,847
LANC $195.62 $5,388
GSK $40.64 $100,354
HTLD $17.08 $1,365
NI $25.31 $9,927
PGR $96.61 $56,532
AZN $57.66 $178,837
RCI $51.08 $25,824
WTM $1,116.80 $3,470
CHE $474.72 $7,468
TRNO $68.20 $4,697
CFFN $11.02 $1,530
ETJ $11.47 $732
TFSL $19.12 $5,366
AMH $41.95 $13,542
COLD $38.41 $9,700
QGEN $52.49 $12,116
WCN $127.53 $33,360
STE $218.94 $18,692
EVRG $66.38 $15,219
VIV $8.05 $13,647
PINC $35.99 $4,400
MDLZ $63.38 $88,594
TU $22.45 $28,692
NOMD $26.01 $4,594
SR $73.15 $3,780
RELX $30.10 $57,338
AMSF $57.07 $1,105
POR $50.22 $4,490
EIG $41.46 $1,173
RDY $63.29 $10,531
BRO $54.12 $15,241
AKAM $119.82 $19,530
DEO $200.00 $116,658
RSG $119.74 $38,121
EXC $47.38 $46,299
TYL $490.84 $19,996
RNR $150.88 $7,107
AWR $89.13 $3,290
GGG $79.71 $13,530
HR $31.35 $4,441
JKHY $175.83 $13,044
CHKP $127.17 $16,888
ADC $75.17 $5,181
MCD $236.95 $176,806
JNJ $174.39 $459,079
LLY $255.99 $245,501
DHR $302.33 $215,833
BAX $76.28 $38,133
AMGN $244.08 $140,237
ABT $122.12 $216,985
DRE $50.87 $19,246
PFE $45.68 $255,703
ALX $274.22 $1,401
CERN $81.91 $24,211
CWT $64.25 $3,311
BKH $69.93 $4,397
AJG $138.55 $28,645
ETR $103.97 $20,863
SWX $72.92 $4,229
REGN $586.51 $62,477
TRC $18.07 $476
OGE $34.34 $6,874
MCY $60.74 $3,363
FE $38.54 $20,973
SLGN $39.85 $4,399
WIT $8.57 $44,020
HSTM $29.98 $946
MO $47.79 $88,128
PNM $48.29 $4,145
ELS $83.86 $15,411
CCOI $77.82 $3,699
T $28.19 $201,277
CME $208.77 $74,968
BAH $82.76 $11,188
HLI $83.63 $5,703
HTA $28.30 $6,193
ZTS $204.10 $96,900
TMUS $144.50 $180,171
ICE $119.12 $67,083
TWNK $15.79 $2,079
LSI $119.05 $9,248
BKI $82.40 $12,905
KDP $34.82 $49,357
TMX $51.58 $6,631
OGS $74.88 $3,987
REXR $62.12 $8,556
NSA $54.55 $4,762
CABO $1,937.88 $11,696
ZNGA $9.87 $10,746
CHRW $91.41 $12,040
CBZ $32.62 $1,720
NWE $62.47 $3,221
ARE $204.91 $31,221
WSO $283.32 $11,009
WM $149.41 $62,916
DOX $76.30 $10,004
MAA $191.45 $22,001
NEM $62.65 $50,065
PSB $154.02 $4,240
TTC $114.68 $12,278
RLI $108.17 $4,892
EXPD $126.62 $21,384
FCN $145.23 $4,978
SRE $131.98 $41,583
LXP $13.13 $3,855
ABC $123.71 $25,411
CPK $128.55 $2,254
SUI $196.49 $22,774
SCI $63.62 $10,661
NFG $52.15 $4,755
BDX $255.77 $74,383
DTE $118.13 $22,888
CNI $107.87 $76,331
ADP $213.44 $90,823
PHG $45.97 $42,078
TMO $536.99 $211,052
CPT $148.37 $14,922
BCPC $132.06 $4,275
RMD $273.09 $39,739
SMP $42.56 $944
RGR $76.77 $1,350
NICE $275.15 $17,307
SNN $39.51 $17,243
ERIE $184.05 $8,501
WABC $56.66 $1,519
AVA $44.24 $3,066
MMS $87.66 $5,389
DPZ $540.47 $19,919
ALE $71.60 $3,737
NNI $75.27 $2,900
AIZ $158.04 $9,572
ESLT $132.17 $5,829
VRSK $188.49 $30,553
NWBI $13.25 $1,686
EMD $14.06 $854
HRC $138.73 $9,131
MDT $131.46 $176,670
LAND $23.05 $677
QTS $77.66 $5,987
POST $102.00 $6,490
ABBV $116.25 $205,323
ELP $5.89 $3,224
BBDC $10.64 $695
LIN $302.92 $156,431
ZTO $27.15 $23,440
AON $264.06 $59,611
CSR $92.82 $1,227
CTO $54.37 $324
CONE $72.80 $9,029
WLTW $212.94 $27,464
CB $172.62 $75,735
WBA $47.49 $41,078
GBDC $15.87 $2,670
PLD $129.67 $95,859
RDWR $32.42 $1,476
PSO $11.44 $8,584
NDAQ $188.67 $30,959
KT $14.55 $7,616
MKTX $479.94 $18,238
PBH $53.42 $2,674
OSIS $98.27 $1,767
UTHR $180.66 $8,093
JNPR $29.05 $9,446
BF.B $70.78 $33,157
MSEX $106.32 $1,860
PPL $28.56 $21,975
UTL $54.05 $813
UVV $51.96 $1,276
COO $423.98 $20,880
CHCO $76.24 $1,196
APD $290.65 $64,325
SONY $103.68 $132,072
ROL $38.99 $19,186
ORCL $89.74 $250,554
ERIC $11.68 $38,792
RE $259.81 $10,414
HMC $32.86 $59,193
CVS $84.00 $110,592
MSFT $287.12 $2,157,676
ALL $130.71 $39,127
ADM $59.79 $33,445
SON $64.35 $6,474
Y $659.65 $9,187
CVBF $19.25 $2,616
ESS $327.68 $21,311
FDS $357.98 $13,524
MKL $1,206.50 $16,599
MMC $150.33 $76,161
HMN $38.93 $1,615
VRTX $200.05 $51,899
SJW $69.35 $2,067
OTTR $53.37 $2,217
MLAB $291.00 $1,513
NOC $364.44 $58,350
LII $332.43 $12,355
VRSN $215.77 $24,139
RIO $89.39 $145,228
WAT $391.75 $24,171
WERN $46.00 $3,125
LHCG $214.75 $6,800
THS $44.07 $2,478
MSI $224.99 $38,174
MASI $276.92 $15,246
PM $100.44 $156,540
STN $47.10 $5,263
TRV $150.39 $37,521
UDR $55.13 $16,365
BR $174.99 $20,321
SFM $24.43 $2,886
CTOS $7.60 $1,874
ANAT $163.85 $4,405
GOLF $53.44 $3,958
INVH $40.41 $23,296
DOC $18.72 $4,034
HQH $26.56 $1,186
AY $40.31 $4,462
ICLR $244.08 $19,426
FIS $130.40 $80,864
ICFI $88.39 $1,665
LOPE $91.61 $4,246
MPW $20.44 $12,023
ORA $71.56 $4,006
MGEE $79.44 $2,873
BG $77.24 $10,946
CCU $21.00 $4,145
RY $100.75 $143,556
IX $90.52 $22,878
SBSI $36.01 $1,176
NEOG $43.34 $4,658
OTEX $51.86 $14,161
JJSF $164.43 $3,135
SKM $29.78 $19,171
EQR $84.34 $31,582
FR $54.99 $7,101
EGP $174.73 $7,060
CSGS $44.91 $1,477
UNH $421.90 $398,148
EIX $55.39 $21,032
COG $16.36 $6,539
BTI $37.88 $86,396
GOLD $21.72 $38,629
LNN $164.83 $1,798

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