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Buy 5 Low-Beta Stocks to Offset Market Volatility

There is a saying “Today's Pain is Tomorrow's Gain”. The investment world believes that to get lucrative returns in the coming days we need to bet on risky stocks. Yes, the strategy works most of the time when the market is bullish. But the scenario is just the reverse when the business environment is bearish.

In this article we have proved that the above strategy is not the thumb rule as other strategies can be built up with intense research. We have created a strategy that shows how low risky securities can also deliver attractive returns if some other parameters are considered.

What is Beta?

Beta indicates the volatility of a particular stock with respect to the market. In other words, beta measures the extent of stock price movement relative to the market (we are considering S&P 500 here).

If a company has a beta of 1, it means that the relative volatility of the stock is the same as that of the S&P 500. In the same way, if the stock’s beta is greater than 1 then it is more volatile compared to the market. Conversely, a beta below 1 signifies less volatility.

Now, if a portfolio’s beta is 3, it is three times more volatile than the market. Hence, if the market is projected to give 20% return, the portfolio will then definitely contribute 60% return which is amazing.

However, the opposite case also holds true. If the market slips 20% then the portfolio return plummets 60% which is surely a matter of concern.

The Winning Strategy

In our screening criteria we included beta in the range of 0 to 0.6 for short listing low risk stocks. But this can’t be the only criterion for betting on stocks. The other parameters that need to be added to create a winning portfolio are:

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

Guess', Inc. GES – headquartered in Los Angeles, CA – is the designer and distributor of lifestyle collections of casual apparel and associated products for men, women and children. The company managed to beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate in two of the last four quarters with an average positive earnings surprise of 33.03%. For fiscal 2018, the Zacks Consensus Estimate has been revised upward over the last 60 days.

Based in Hartford, CT Aetna Inc. AET is among the largest health benefits’ firms in the U.S. The company surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate each of the prior four quarters with an average positive earnings surprise of 8.62%. During 2017, Aetna will likely witness more than 9% year-over-year earnings growth.

Tivity Health, Inc. TVTY – headquartered in Franklin, TN – is the provider of services related to health management in the U.S. The company beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate in three of the prior four quarters with an average positive earnings surprise of 1,322.38%. On top of that, the company will likely witness year-over-year revenue growth of 10.4% in the current quarter.

Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland,Logitech International S.A. LOGI is the manufacturer of innovative peripherals that helps people to get connected to the digital platforms. Logitech International surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate in all the prior four quarters and posted an average positive earnings surprise of 94.10%. Also, for fiscal year 2018, the company’s earnings is expected to grow 5.6%.

ARI Network Services, Inc. ARIS — headquartered in Milwaukee, WI — is the provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS) and data-as-a-service (DaaS) solutions to the dealers. The company delivered an average positive earnings surprise of 33.34% in the prior four quarters.

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