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 $85.37 $42,308
ATO $104.70 $12,806
VZ $57.83 $248,174
CLX $236.15 $29,739
CMS $61.75 $17,678
HSY $143.67 $29,887
XEL $70.10 $36,826
PG $132.71 $328,542
WMT $129.35 $366,313
CTXS $140.79 $17,392
ED $73.92 $24,697
LNT $53.34 $13,309
PSA $196.08 $34,273
EXR $101.10 $13,051
NAC $15.02 $2,174
BCE $42.91 $38,910
NEA $14.67 $4,087
NEE $282.81 $138,477
DUK $84.21 $61,882
ORAN $11.55 $30,724
EQC $31.06 $3,774
WEC $92.99 $29,332
ADSW $30.17 $2,738
BTT $25.03 $1,765
NGG $59.22 $41,378
WCN $103.13 $27,195
LSI $99.84 $4,684
RELX $22.11 $42,527
CUBE $29.14 $5,641
AWK $146.97 $26,605
MRK $81.05 $204,578
TFSL $14.32 $4,012
NEU $362.12 $3,956
AEE $81.06 $20,013
CHL $34.47 $142,800
HSBC $21.38 $86,775
WTM $886.97 $2,754
NVS $83.41 $206,453
SJM $110.29 $12,585
SNY $51.50 $129,014
SAFT $76.16 $1,166
UN $58.97 $156,565
UL $60.42 $156,565
NVO $63.69 $115,722
IDA $91.10 $4,597
MKC $199.05 $26,514
HE $35.04 $3,824
CHD $95.12 $23,524
CAJ $16.83 $22,368
KMB $156.47 $53,364
LLY $152.88 $146,225
KO $47.48 $203,947
CL $75.86 $65,042
GIS $64.18 $39,141
NHC $62.72 $963
PEP $135.86 $188,116
TM $128.34 $210,177
D $79.63 $66,851
ALX $260.55 $1,331
ROL $53.63 $17,578
JKHY $182.43 $13,977
EXPO $82.62 $4,258
NI $24.34 $9,317
PNW $80.79 $9,088
AZN $56.21 $144,862
RCI $41.90 $21,325
FLO $23.40 $4,951
DEO $135.87 $78,921
RSG $87.90 $27,980
DG $192.55 $48,469
COR $126.63 $5,386
CFFN $9.92 $1,404
MDLZ $55.49 $79,258
TMUS $108.10 $133,914
ICE $97.46 $52,948
DEA $25.34 $2,019
ES $88.10 $30,178
CCI $163.87 $68,771
AGR $48.39 $14,953
SR $60.66 $3,108
TRI $74.33 $36,971
SBAC $307.33 $34,306
QGEN $46.87 $10,819
EQIX $792.06 $70,143
AMT $255.51 $113,269
CME $163.97 $58,797
ETJ $10.05 $641
EIG $33.28 $974
POR $42.02 $3,761
DLR $157.00 $42,139
ELS $67.06 $12,215
SJR $18.66 $9,597
SNN $40.97 $17,629
MO $41.55 $77,216
UTL $40.65 $610
PGR $89.61 $52,457
RNR $184.53 $9,451
GSK $40.97 $101,971
HR $29.09 $3,925
PEG $54.63 $27,629
SO $53.89 $56,915
ADC $68.25 $3,675
ATR $117.66 $7,586
ATRI $647.03 $1,189
COST $343.31 $151,580
BLL $74.44 $24,268
JNJ $147.55 $388,473
K $69.23 $23,740
PFE $38.27 $212,584
MCD $203.18 $151,076
BMY $61.33 $138,771
CPB $49.88 $15,072
BKH $57.22 $3,590
CHKP $123.72 $17,346
SUI $146.20 $14,367
HTLD $20.29 $1,651
ETR $102.29 $20,480
EQR $53.64 $19,965
LANC $160.81 $4,425
RLI $89.43 $4,020
AVA $36.92 $2,484
WMK $48.73 $1,311
AKAM $109.18 $17,717
DOX $61.88 $8,261
BRO $45.62 $12,902
EXC $37.90 $36,934
CHRW $95.16 $12,830
T $29.84 $212,610
NWE $56.37 $2,851
UDR $35.49 $10,472
TU $18.05 $22,929
HTA $27.27 $5,958
AMH $28.95 $8,718
PINC $34.24 $4,170
OGS $74.92 $3,965
CABO $1,837.02 $11,053
MDT $96.73 $129,744
PHI $27.78 $6,032
HLI $57.24 $3,977
VRSK $189.56 $30,782
NWBI $9.96 $1,273
TRNO $61.58 $4,169
ALE $58.25 $3,017
AMSF $64.83 $1,253
CBZ $24.62 $1,346
SLGN $38.06 $4,220
FE $29.18 $15,808
WM $110.37 $46,627
WIT $4.29 $21,282
RDY $61.18 $10,163
SWX $70.35 $3,878
PSB $135.83 $3,733
GILD $68.81 $86,313
SKM $20.52 $15,012
KR $35.03 $27,251
NEM $70.11 $56,303
MAA $116.50 $13,324
GGG $54.15 $9,027
JBSS $87.21 $1,006
AJG $105.56 $20,211
CPK $84.32 $1,386
DTE $116.94 $22,529
DRE $39.63 $14,685
NFG $42.67 $3,880
RE $223.66 $8,944
EBF $17.40 $454
CHCO $63.92 $1,032
ESS $219.98 $14,391
MCY $44.45 $2,461
NICE $224.85 $14,017
LXP $11.92 $3,293
OGE $32.94 $6,594
OTEX $46.25 $12,571
SEB $2,769.01 $3,214
CCU $14.36 $2,672
WSO $233.58 $8,975
TTC $71.49 $7,662
TYL $364.11 $14,652
MSTR $123.35 $1,195
KT $9.87 $5,240
CCOI $79.05 $3,727
AXS $42.82 $3,610
AIZ $118.87 $7,091
CHE $507.43 $8,078
EMD $13.16 $795
BAH $82.90 $11,424
POST $91.63 $6,247
ZTS $161.33 $76,622
REXR $47.33 $5,859
CCEP $40.61 $18,450
NSA $31.51 $2,147
WLTW $199.95 $25,765
CB $126.56 $57,125
EVRG $54.75 $12,414
KDP $29.83 $41,977
ZNGA $9.95 $10,676
DEI $29.18 $5,117
GBDC $12.26 $1,640
HRC $96.45 $6,424
DPZ $392.55 $15,446
ORA $58.50 $2,986
FIS $147.00 $91,082
PNM $42.84 $3,412
NNI $62.40 $2,445
ESLT $136.85 $6,068
BF.B $67.63 $31,443
IX $60.19 $15,850
RY $71.11 $101,200
WABC $60.86 $1,640
BAP $124.20 $11,722
MMC $118.77 $60,160
EXPD $84.53 $14,068
FCN $117.62 $4,304
KRC $57.42 $6,613
HMN $38.93 $1,607
CPT $89.65 $8,732
CERN $69.95 $21,361
SCI $46.54 $8,201
ALL $94.48 $29,508
BAX $80.37 $40,686
CNI $99.46 $71,021
HMC $25.24 $45,444
CVS $64.12 $83,811
OMC $53.68 $11,534
SON $52.69 $5,289
TEF $4.14 $21,684
TD $45.47 $82,015
Y $519.57 $7,435
UHAL $342.18 $6,709
CVBF $18.25 $2,473
SRE $128.20 $37,504
MKL $1,077.98 $14,852
NOC $326.34 $54,405
MSEX $66.10 $1,154
NBTB $30.28 $1,320
ERIE $217.04 $10,025
FMX $58.41 $20,025
SBSI $28.00 $925
COLM $74.68 $4,938
ARE $174.38 $21,992
RDWR $26.08 $1,209
HSTM $22.34 $715
NDAQ $130.70 $21,479
LAND $15.94 $340
JCOM $59.91 $2,859
MSI $144.03 $24,495
WBA $40.89 $35,433
AY $29.93 $3,041
KRNY $7.70 $696
ZTO $37.53 $29,420
FCFS $58.88 $2,440
TWNK $13.36 $1,746
ANAT $72.66 $1,954
QTS $70.74 $4,346
IRM $29.09 $8,375
INGR $77.94 $5,221
CONE $84.10 $9,829
MMS $76.72 $4,704
MKTX $503.65 $19,124
LOPE $102.33 $4,838
LOGM $85.88 $4,211
BR $135.36 $15,542
YORW $45.98 $599
WRB $62.19 $11,070
SJW $64.76 $1,846
RMD $175.52 $25,392
SBUX $75.66 $88,447
RGR $85.40 $1,494
OTTR $40.22 $1,626
REGN $621.21 $63,602
PPL $26.50 $20,372
AVB $150.97 $21,249
BCPC $101.96 $3,298
ORCL $55.28 $169,637
EL $199.24 $71,726
ADP $136.52 $58,673
GOLD $29.50 $52,642
AMGN $241.55 $141,474
DHR $205.69 $145,918

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