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 $91.88 $45,608
ATO $97.69 $12,051
VZ $57.96 $248,732
CLX $211.14 $26,599
CMS $65.85 $18,852
HSY $146.34 $30,442
XEL $71.47 $37,546
PG $142.38 $353,046
WMT $143.85 $407,635
CTXS $122.72 $15,159
ED $81.60 $27,295
UN $60.65 $160,530
UL $61.32 $160,530
PSA $235.72 $41,205
NAC $14.49 $2,097
BCE $42.79 $38,734
NEA $14.25 $3,970
MRK $79.83 $201,909
NEE $303.07 $148,398
DUK $92.78 $68,233
ORAN $11.35 $30,025
EQC $26.70 $3,245
ADSW $30.29 $2,749
BTT $24.99 $1,762
NGG $61.69 $43,380
WCN $103.62 $27,267
AGR $50.00 $15,450
WEC $102.16 $32,225
CUBE $34.27 $6,640
COR $123.23 $5,241
AWK $154.08 $27,920
SNY $49.33 $123,830
SAFT $70.59 $1,064
NEU $360.49 $3,938
EXR $118.66 $15,315
AEE $83.39 $20,604
CHL $32.87 $134,433
RCI $44.04 $22,381
NVS $84.43 $208,050
FLO $24.25 $5,131
SJM $115.54 $13,180
NVO $70.74 $128,641
PNW $86.73 $9,762
LNT $56.67 $14,147
EXPO $74.96 $3,870
HE $34.90 $3,810
CHD $91.91 $22,730
CAJ $16.45 $22,047
KMB $136.88 $46,558
LLY $142.38 $136,182
KO $50.52 $217,106
CL $79.34 $68,026
GIS $61.78 $37,768
PEP $139.56 $192,866
ATR $118.35 $7,630
ALX $245.66 $1,255
TM $133.28 $217,336
D $81.14 $68,191
JKHY $158.31 $12,083
IDA $91.25 $4,605
GSK $35.29 $87,920
MKC $196.46 $26,197
NI $24.31 $9,311
AZN $52.00 $136,350
DEO $138.48 $80,160
HSBC $20.88 $85,630
RSG $92.87 $29,578
TFSL $16.37 $4,586
DG $215.44 $53,652
AMT $237.72 $105,446
CCI $158.47 $66,505
MDLZ $56.61 $80,858
RELX $21.40 $41,190
EQIX $777.03 $68,812
DEA $22.17 $1,767
ES $91.97 $31,515
SR $58.68 $3,021
LSI $116.34 $5,458
SBAC $302.11 $33,818
TRI $81.95 $40,732
QGEN $49.81 $11,498
TMUS $112.38 $139,105
ICE $98.95 $55,536
CFFN $11.68 $1,653
CME $163.86 $58,764
ETJ $9.75 $622
EIG $32.54 $952
ELS $62.27 $11,347
DLR $152.60 $41,049
MO $39.08 $72,626
RDY $67.29 $11,276
SJR $17.69 $9,094
WTM $952.47 $2,954
WMK $47.57 $1,280
RNR $178.22 $9,128
PGR $94.62 $55,390
LANC $183.00 $5,039
HR $30.18 $4,106
COST $374.60 $165,284
PEG $60.92 $30,811
ROL $60.20 $19,731
NHC $66.57 $1,022
SO $60.85 $64,266
ATRI $655.15 $1,198
BLL $92.72 $30,279
PFE $38.18 $212,162
JNJ $145.24 $382,391
K $66.76 $22,893
MCD $228.71 $170,184
BMY $60.13 $135,529
CPB $48.55 $14,675
BKH $59.43 $3,729
CHKP $120.47 $16,890
ADC $65.42 $3,622
ETR $108.95 $21,813
GILD $60.79 $76,214
GGG $64.11 $10,741
JBSS $76.36 $674
PSB $118.33 $3,252
KR $32.76 $25,367
CCU $12.34 $2,285
UTL $39.94 $599
BRO $46.72 $13,213
DOX $57.31 $7,623
SNN $38.48 $16,684
CHRW $100.54 $13,555
T $27.82 $198,218
POR $40.96 $3,666
TRNO $60.12 $4,108
OGS $73.93 $3,912
AMH $29.96 $9,025
PINC $34.39 $4,199
HTA $25.58 $5,590
TU $18.38 $23,507
MDT $111.42 $149,772
CABO $1,907.25 $11,482
WLTW $209.75 $27,028
ANAT $72.70 $1,955
TMX $47.69 $6,295
VRSK $189.25 $30,732
CBZ $24.00 $1,312
AMSF $58.86 $1,138
UDR $32.79 $9,675
AKAM $106.75 $17,369
NWE $56.32 $2,849
ALE $55.95 $2,903
CHE $488.64 $7,779
PSO $6.77 $5,031
WIT $5.04 $26,403
WM $116.70 $49,301
EXC $42.20 $41,124
SLGN $35.74 $3,963
SWX $69.20 $3,869
RLI $93.49 $4,203
SEB $3,459.99 $4,016
AVA $34.97 $2,375
TTC $84.82 $9,101
TYL $404.40 $16,273
NEM $60.47 $48,615
HTLD $19.05 $1,550
SUI $141.60 $13,916
AJG $107.92 $20,663
DRE $38.95 $14,433
DTE $125.15 $24,110
RE $214.02 $8,555
NFG $42.93 $3,905
BAX $81.09 $41,050
ALL $91.25 $28,499
CPK $93.89 $1,549
CERN $73.72 $22,513
EQR $51.31 $19,098
LXP $10.79 $2,986
MCY $41.64 $2,305
MAA $118.71 $13,576
NICE $228.09 $14,180
MMC $113.70 $57,592
OGE $33.16 $6,638
FE $33.30 $18,052
HSTM $21.34 $683
CCOI $57.67 $2,727
BAH $79.05 $10,893
POST $92.61 $6,270
EMD $12.60 $765
ZTS $163.49 $77,681
REXR $48.21 $5,968
CBPO $113.18 $4,367
KDP $29.21 $41,104
AY $30.38 $3,087
CCEP $39.03 $17,797
HLI $63.44 $4,426
NSA $34.10 $2,359
CB $129.02 $58,235
TWNK $13.20 $1,725
EVRG $56.37 $12,786
NWBI $10.57 $1,351
ZNGA $9.44 $10,152
FIS $144.40 $89,471
DEI $25.20 $4,419
DPZ $394.10 $15,528
ORA $72.13 $3,683
KT $10.21 $5,359
ESLT $120.00 $5,337
FMX $58.11 $18,533
IX $63.61 $16,630
ARE $160.54 $20,246
BF.B $74.40 $34,327
OTEX $40.73 $11,098
BAP $121.43 $11,477
WSO $235.42 $9,044
ESS $203.23 $13,253
EXPD $95.20 $15,961
BCPC $104.80 $3,390
TEF $3.71 $19,431
SON $53.21 $5,341
AMGN $227.16 $133,046
CNI $105.07 $74,793
DHR $232.66 $165,276
OMC $52.72 $11,328
ORCL $59.90 $180,129
PHG $50.10 $45,556
CVS $60.25 $78,849
HMC $24.79 $44,641
BDX $240.28 $69,650
ADP $149.20 $64,133
SCI $44.47 $7,836
ABC $99.38 $20,288
CHCO $62.17 $997
CPT $92.39 $8,998
HMN $35.78 $1,479
FCN $108.57 $3,973
MSEX $69.70 $1,217
SKM $23.17 $17,073
RGR $61.58 $1,077
ERIE $231.00 $10,670
WABC $54.46 $1,467
REGN $579.81 $61,687
NOC $308.43 $51,420
NDAQ $129.12 $21,209
AIZ $125.99 $7,515
MKTX $558.91 $21,223
GBDC $13.54 $2,265
HRC $92.38 $6,153
ABBV $84.34 $148,846
LAND $14.42 $344
WBA $38.04 $32,939
STE $187.54 $15,951
AON $207.31 $47,979
ZTO $30.27 $57,347
FCFS $56.51 $2,342
LIN $234.27 $123,076
SFM $20.67 $2,438
LOPE $82.73 $3,912
INGR $76.61 $5,132
AXS $48.24 $4,067
NNI $66.20 $2,537
PM $74.45 $115,940
MMS $67.14 $4,117
RIO $59.60 $99,855
RY $73.30 $104,398
BRC $41.88 $2,178
RDWR $24.00 $1,108
PNM $50.03 $3,985
RMD $183.03 $26,523
OTTR $40.83 $1,669
MKL $1,027.00 $14,150
KRC $50.21 $5,783
SRE $133.86 $38,720
FDS $328.48 $12,480
CSGS $40.14 $1,328
CVBF $18.50 $2,507
BTI $33.64 $76,946
Y $596.89 $8,543
UHAL $368.79 $7,231
APD $294.00 $64,943
GOLD $26.81 $47,671
ABT $107.79 $190,845

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