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Chicago, IL – February 6, 2024 – Stocks in this week’s article are The Progressive Corp. (PGR - Free Report) , Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp. (BAH - Free Report) , Atour Lifestyle Holdings Limited (ATAT - Free Report) and Stride Inc. (LRN - Free Report) .

Buy These 4 Low-Beta Stocks to Counter Market Volatility

The stock market is benefiting from a January jobs report that surpassed the expectations of most analysts. However, the optimism is tempered by Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell's statement on Wednesday indicating that the central bank is unlikely to reduce rates in March. Thus, the market will remain volatile, prompting an immediate need to construct a portfolio comprising low-beta stocks. Such securities are expected to yield strong returns and provide a safeguard against choppy market conditions.

In this regard, stocks like The Progressive Corp., Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp., Atour Lifestyle Holdings Limited and Stride Inc. are worth betting on.

Understanding Beta

Beta measures the volatility or risk of a particular asset compared 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 a 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 a beta of 3 will return 60%, which is overwhelming. Similarly, when the market slips 20%, the stock will sink 60%, which is devastating.

Here are four of the six stocks that qualified for the screening:

In the domestic market, The Progressive Corporation is among the largest auto insurers. The company continues to bank on increasing net earned premiums and is expected to witness earnings growth of 41% this year.

Booz Allen Hamilton Holding is a leading provider of management and technology consulting, analytics, engineering and digital solutions. In the federal defense and civil markets, the company is witnessing excellent organic revenue growth.

Atour Lifestyle Holdings is a well-known hospitality and lifestyle company in China. It is gaining from increasing occupancy rates and its hotel network expansion.

Stride maintains a stable business model by revolutionizing the educational experiences of individuals through the utilization of innovative, high-quality and technology-enabled educational solutions.

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