Most analysts seem to believe that only risky stocks fetch lucrative returns, ignoring the fact that those securities are rewarding only when the market is bullish.
We have thus chalked out an investment plan to show that even less risky stocks are worthwhile bets, if certain parameters are considered.
Meaning of Beta
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, its price 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 instance, if the market offers a return of 20%, a stock with a beta of 3 will return an overwhelming 60%. Similarly, when the market slips 20%, the stock will sink 60%, which is beyond upsetting.
We have taken beta between 0 and 0.6 as our prime criterion for screening stocks that are less volatile than the market. But this should not be the only factor to be considered while picking a winning strategy. We need to take other parameters into account 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 past 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.
Here are five of the 14 stocks that qualified the screening:
Headquartered in Dallas, TX, Match Group, Inc. (MTCH - Free Report) primarily offers dating products across the world. The company beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate in the prior four quarters, the average positive earnings surprise being 20.2%. For 2019 and 2020, the stock is likely to see earnings growth of 26% and 17.2%, respectively.
Headquartered in El Segundo, CA, Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (AJRD - Free Report) is a leading manufacturer of defense products in the domestic market. The company managed to surpass the Zacks Consensus Estimate in three of the past four quarters, the average positive earnings surprise being 36.7%. For 2019 and 2020, the stock has witnessed positive earnings estimate revision in the past 60 days.
Banco Macro S.A. (BMA - Free Report) , headquartered in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is a provider of services and products related to banking. The company managed to beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate in three of the last four quarters. For 2019, the stock is likely to see earnings growth of 16.2%.
Headquartered in Fort Worth, TX, Hallmark Financial Services, Inc. (HALL - Free Report) is a casualty insurance firm. The company beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate in the prior four quarters, the average positive earnings surprise being 98.5%. Through 2019, the stock is expected to see earnings growth of 34%.
Headquartered in Washington, District of Columbia, FTI Consulting, Inc. (FCN - Free Report) is a leading provider of services related to business advisory. The company beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate in the prior four quarters. Through 2019, the stock is likely to see earnings growth of 6%.
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