Many investors are quite optimistic about the U.S. economy’s much-anticipated strong rebound this year as coronavirus vaccines are being rolled out on a massive scale. The market is still volatile as the pandemic is yet to subside. Some of the serious factors that may cast a shadow over the global economic outlook are the Delta variant of the deadly coronavirus, spreading rapidly across nations, strained relations between the United States and China, and inflation woes.
Overall, the uncertainties made the market volatile. Hence, creating a portfolio of low-beta stocks is of utmost importance since the securities will not only deliver healthy returns but also provide a shield against choppy market conditions.
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, 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.
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 six stocks that qualified the screening:
Dollar General Corporation DG is primarily involved in offering products like food, snacks, cleaning supplies, health and beauty aids, and other items. For fiscal 2021, the stock has witnessed upward earnings estimate revisions in the past 60 days.
Canon Inc. CAJ is a leading seller of office multifunction devices, laser and inkjet printers and lithography equipment. Over the past 30 days, the stock has witnessed upward earnings estimate revisions for 2021 and 2022, respectively.
Tyler Technologies, Inc. TYL is a leading provider of integrated software and technology services. Notably, the services are being primarily offered to the public sector. For 2021, the company is likely to see earnings growth of 21.2%.
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. REGN is primarily engaged in inventing life-transforming medicines that treat people suffering from serious diseases. The leading biotechnology company has witnessed upward earnings estimate revisions for 2021 over the past 30 days.
Fanhua Inc. FANH is a leading provider of various financial products and services. The stock is likely to see earnings growth of 20.5% in 2021.
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