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5 Low-Beta Stocks to Combat Renewed Coronavirus Woes

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Markets are extremely volatile as the large but opposing forces of advancement in coronavirus vaccine studies and the new wave of coronavirus infections keep investors on the edge. Hence, it is important to create a portfolio of low-beta securities since such stocks not only deliver healthy returns but also provide a shield against market volatility.

Beta Understanding

Beta measures the volatility or risk of a particular asset in comparison to the market. In other words, beta measures the extent of a security’s price movement relative to the market. In this article, we are considering the S&P 500 as the market.

If a stock has beta of 1, then the price of the stock will move with the market. So, the stock is more volatile than the market if its beta is more than 1. In the same way, the stock is not as volatile as the market if its beta is less than 1.

For example, if the market offers a return of 20%, a stock with beta of 3 will return 60%, which is overwhelming. Similarly, when the market slips 20%, the stock will sink 60%, which is devastating.

Screening Criteria:

We have taken beta between 0 and 0.6 as our prime criterion for screening stocks that are less volatile than the market. However, this should not be the only factor to be considered while selecting a winning strategy. We need to take into account other parameters as well that can add value to the portfolio.

Percentage Change in Price in the Last 4 Weeks greater than zero: This ensures that the stocks saw positive price movement over the last month.

Average 20 Day Volume greater than 50,000: A substantial trading volume ensures that the stocks are easily tradable.

Price greater than or equal to $5: They must all be trading at a minimum of $5 or higher.

Zacks Rank equal to 1: Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stocks indicate that they will significantly outperform the broader U.S. equity market over the next one to three months. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Here are five of the 10 stocks that qualified the screening:

Domino's Pizza, Inc. (DPZ - Free Report) is a well-known pizza delivery company, with operations spreading across the world. The company – headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI – is likely to see earnings growth of 31% in 2020.

RLI Corp. (RLI) is involved in underwriting property and casualty insurance. The company has witnessed upward earnings estimate revisions for 2020 in the past 30 days.

Based in Reno, NV, Employers Holdings, Inc. (EIG - Free Report) primarily involved in the commercial property and casualty insurance industry. The company has seen upward earnings estimate revisions for 2020 in the past 30 days.

Graco Inc. (GGG - Free Report) is touted as one of the leading manufacturers of fluid handling equipment. The company – headquartered in Minneapolis, MN – has seen upward earnings estimate revisions for 2020 in the past 30 days.

Coca-Cola European Partners plc (CCEP - Free Report) is a leading distributor of non-alcoholic ready-to-drink beverages. The company – based in Uxbridge, the United Kingdom – has seen upward earnings estimate revisions for 2020 in the past 30 days.

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