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 $88.65 $44,029
VZ $58.39 $241,626
CLX $189.96 $23,895
CMS $64.12 $18,558
HSY $160.98 $33,309
XEL $70.49 $37,929
PG $136.61 $336,399
CHD $87.34 $21,406
CTXS $138.85 $17,240
ED $78.35 $26,850
LNT $56.19 $14,055
NVO $72.70 $131,334
UL $57.68 $150,170
AEE $83.79 $21,401
PSA $270.38 $47,260
FLO $24.17 $5,117
SJM $132.15 $14,482
EXR $143.93 $19,242
NAC $15.10 $2,185
BCE $46.40 $41,980
NEA $15.04 $4,498
AWK $158.72 $28,802
MRK $77.66 $196,581
COR $125.68 $5,402
CUBE $41.05 $8,223
DUK $100.20 $77,075
EQC $28.59 $3,478
ORAN $12.64 $33,310
WEC $96.85 $30,550
NGG $63.21 $44,545
CBPO $118.01 $4,577
SBAC $288.09 $31,473
TRI $91.96 $45,717
AGR $52.74 $16,323
CCI $180.72 $78,105
EQIX $717.29 $64,251
DEA $21.47 $1,763
ES $89.34 $30,672
AMT $248.54 $110,542
CFFN $13.12 $1,821
DG $216.73 $51,856
NEU $387.40 $4,234
DLR $147.76 $41,538
SNY $51.82 $130,058
SAFT $84.96 $1,273
WTM $1,175.89 $3,654
NVS $88.38 $217,048
WMK $53.68 $1,444
PNW $84.24 $9,498
MKC $88.85 $23,725
GILD $65.95 $83,035
EXPO $98.96 $5,127
HE $43.12 $4,712
D $78.74 $63,465
TM $156.41 $255,652
WMT $139.71 $393,573
BLL $90.90 $29,821
CAJ $23.91 $31,863
GIS $61.30 $37,391
KMB $138.93 $46,959
CL $80.37 $68,199
ATO $101.84 $12,452
KO $54.00 $232,703
BMY $65.60 $146,546
MCD $231.81 $172,953
K $63.70 $21,681
LLY $189.64 $181,863
ATR $149.71 $9,883
ATRI $653.00 $1,194
SO $64.92 $68,793
PEG $63.48 $32,063
PEP $144.75 $199,991
COST $369.55 $163,538
JKHY $161.15 $12,260
JBSS $92.19 $1,057
KR $37.43 $28,147
LANC $182.16 $5,018
IDA $101.76 $5,140
NI $25.74 $10,086
PGR $99.29 $58,100
SEB $3,761.10 $4,366
AZN $51.63 $134,674
RCI $49.20 $24,961
CHE $481.81 $7,697
EIG $40.19 $1,145
TFSL $19.97 $5,603
TRNO $62.31 $4,291
ETJ $10.90 $696
MDLZ $58.69 $82,465
AMH $35.30 $11,185
QGEN $52.44 $12,105
WCN $116.40 $30,583
NOMD $29.38 $5,181
SR $77.16 $4,010
PINC $35.41 $4,328
ZTS $168.10 $79,851
TU $20.54 $26,343
HLI $68.27 $4,707
AMSF $64.88 $1,254
POR $50.69 $4,541
ELS $67.83 $12,365
RDY $66.00 $11,047
DEO $180.77 $104,234
HSBC $29.77 $120,921
RSG $104.67 $33,390
BRO $49.48 $14,027
RNR $171.09 $8,514
TYL $445.96 $18,157
AWR $80.11 $2,957
EXC $45.50 $44,443
GSK $37.98 $93,103
GGG $75.80 $12,803
HR $31.65 $4,476
HTLD $19.60 $1,566
ETR $106.58 $21,430
ADC $68.86 $4,378
AJG $136.26 $26,596
CHKP $119.18 $16,124
DRE $44.83 $16,756
JNJ $162.69 $428,315
NHC $73.34 $1,128
CPB $49.66 $15,047
DHR $241.99 $172,555
BAX $86.52 $43,759
ABT $124.53 $220,608
CERN $74.68 $22,572
BKH $70.47 $4,431
CWT $59.33 $3,015
ALX $283.15 $1,446
SUI $159.02 $17,760
SCI $51.36 $8,699
PFE $38.93 $217,158
LXP $11.75 $3,261
OGE $33.56 $6,718
MAA $151.82 $17,369
SWX $71.87 $4,117
RLI $114.78 $5,184
PSB $160.75 $4,419
AKAM $105.74 $17,259
FE $35.80 $19,475
SLGN $43.71 $4,811
HSTM $22.54 $711
WIT $6.96 $34,627
MO $49.08 $90,906
CCOI $68.96 $3,281
T $29.99 $213,882
CME $205.59 $73,818
BAH $84.83 $11,682
RELX $26.94 $51,452
HTA $28.75 $6,289
TMUS $131.99 $164,038
QTS $65.76 $4,274
ICE $119.74 $67,379
TWNK $14.91 $2,015
STE $208.63 $17,807
EVRG $63.24 $14,355
VIV $7.86 $13,315
BKI $73.11 $11,464
TMX $48.35 $6,279
LSI $93.29 $7,130
OGS $80.55 $4,289
LAND $21.03 $579
ZNGA $10.59 $11,490
NSA $43.31 $3,256
CABO $1,813.57 $10,944
REXR $55.25 $7,262
HRC $113.48 $7,531
VRSK $184.53 $29,960
CHRW $98.64 $12,936
CBZ $33.59 $1,800
NWE $69.24 $3,505
PNM $49.60 $4,257
ARE $176.58 $26,046
WSO $283.11 $10,874
DOX $76.87 $10,078
WM $134.43 $56,735
REGN $499.69 $53,533
TTC $112.96 $12,157
UTL $50.14 $754
MCY $65.91 $3,649
NEM $64.85 $51,900
NICE $234.89 $14,868
EXPD $110.22 $18,593
ABC $119.50 $24,462
CPK $119.38 $2,090
AMGN $255.97 $147,388
BDX $258.96 $75,243
DTE $139.70 $27,064
NFG $50.78 $4,629
EBF $20.38 $531
RE $264.00 $13,168
CNI $118.13 $84,135
ADP $192.75 $82,485
CPT $117.12 $11,701
BCPC $122.08 $3,955
ROL $34.81 $17,131
TMO $487.64 $191,651
SRE $138.24 $41,846
FCN $145.38 $4,978
MMC $127.15 $64,781
MSEX $82.37 $1,440
RGR $71.54 $1,258
RMD $205.66 $29,925
SNN $39.46 $17,171
ERIE $224.86 $10,386
WABC $64.20 $1,721
AVA $47.67 $3,304
EGOV $33.98 $2,307
DPZ $397.96 $15,441
AIZ $153.24 $9,274
ALE $70.90 $3,700
EMD $13.51 $821
NWBI $14.33 $1,819
MDT $126.13 $170,032
WLTW $238.01 $30,697
CB $161.71 $72,717
POST $111.20 $7,158
CONE $73.64 $8,887
ZTO $29.99 $25,160
KDP $36.13 $50,845
BBDC $10.32 $674
AON $235.83 $53,290
CSR $69.61 $920
ANAT $113.00 $3,038
LIN $288.45 $150,812
ABBV $108.61 $191,678
WBA $53.79 $46,496
GBDC $15.42 $2,579
PLD $112.25 $83,036
MASI $242.98 $13,364
UDR $45.13 $13,395
BR $155.94 $18,058
MKTX $533.62 $20,275
KT $12.68 $6,630
NNI $74.50 $2,870
ESLT $142.78 $6,295
YORW $50.92 $665
MMS $95.73 $5,883
OSIS $99.22 $1,783
PSO $11.38 $8,483
UTHR $203.84 $9,080
JNPR $25.92 $8,478
BF.B $74.84 $35,083
SBSI $38.96 $1,279
SMP $43.52 $973
OTTR $47.24 $1,961
COO $399.33 $19,628
CHCO $79.58 $1,257
APD $284.40 $62,931
PHG $60.63 $55,142
ORCL $78.75 $227,078
Y $676.00 $9,445
ALL $122.84 $36,894
HMC $30.68 $55,790
ERIC $13.74 $46,207
CVS $75.75 $99,423
MSFT $258.74 $1,951,473
ADM $59.29 $33,114
EIX $61.12 $23,185
SON $64.91 $6,530
CVBF $21.84 $2,968
FDS $317.34 $12,012
ESS $290.57 $18,885
FR $48.93 $6,318
HMN $41.90 $1,737
MKL $1,211.55 $16,691
NOC $344.64 $55,474
SJW $67.66 $1,945
PPL $28.88 $22,221
LII $335.80 $12,682
RDWR $29.00 $1,339
VRSN $207.26 $23,369
RIO $86.30 $139,759
WAT $298.81 $18,544
CCU $18.86 $3,461
MGEE $73.67 $2,664
BG $83.18 $11,724
NDAQ $158.63 $26,142
LHCG $204.75 $6,469
STN $47.31 $5,313
TRV $154.38 $38,821
POOL $382.95 $15,378
LOPE $113.67 $5,328
MSI $187.66 $31,781
GOLF $43.52 $3,223
AY $36.37 $4,026
SFM $26.86 $3,168
CTO $53.13 $316
INVH $33.63 $19,090
PM $91.67 $142,869
ICFI $91.43 $1,724
FIS $152.22 $94,699
ICLR $203.64 $10,750
DOC $18.58 $3,917
NCBS $77.27 $772
THS $50.90 $2,846
MPW $22.24 $12,899
ORA $75.02 $4,200
WINA $199.50 $738
BNS $61.61 $74,601
RY $94.04 $134,360
WRB $80.76 $14,324
OTEX $49.29 $13,441
NBTB $39.03 $1,695
NEOG $95.49 $5,110
MLAB $253.59 $1,301
JJSF $159.42 $3,026
EQR $73.03 $27,216
EGP $153.36 $6,138
CBU $77.29 $4,170
CSGS $46.82 $1,543
UNH $389.84 $368,523
BTI $39.61 $92,474
COG $16.54 $6,606
GOLD $22.11 $39,322
LNN $163.34 $1,781
NKE $132.57 $209,456

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