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These low-risk stocks have high potential in this volatile market

Low-volatility strategy hasn’t held up recently, but the bear market is young

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By Mark Hulbert, MarketWatch

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Perhaps the easiest way to bet that the low volatility effect remains alive and well, despite the past six weeks, is to invest in an exchanged traded fund such as the Invesco or iShares ETFs mentioned above. If you want to invest in individual stocks, the issues below are those within the S&P 500 with the lowest volatility over the past 24 months and which are also recommended by at least one of the top-performing newsletters I monitor:

1. Atmos Energy /zigman2/quotes/204989507/composite ATO +3.53%  

2. Duke Energy /zigman2/quotes/201480230/composite DUK +3.14%  

3. Eversource Energy /zigman2/quotes/203789081/composite ES -0.36%  

4. NextEra Energy /zigman2/quotes/200558509/composite NEE +0.55%  

5. Procter & Gamble /zigman2/quotes/202894679/composite PG -0.32%  

6. Verizon Communications /zigman2/quotes/204980236/composite VZ +0.68%  

7. Walmart /zigman2/quotes/207374728/composite WMT +0.28%  

8. WEC Energy Group /zigman2/quotes/207419035/composite WEC +0.46%  

9. Xcel Energy [TICKER XEL] /zigman2/quotes/200626850/composite XEL -0.32%  

Mark Hulbert is a regular contributor to MarketWatch. His Hulbert Ratings tracks investment newsletters that pay a flat fee to be audited. He can be reached at mark@hulbertratings.com

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/zigman2/quotes/204989507/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 100.28
+3.42 +3.53%
Volume: 1.49M
Nov. 24, 2020 7:00p
P/E Ratio
20.46
Dividend Yield
2.49%
Market Cap
$12.19 billion
Rev. per Employee
$601,009
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/zigman2/quotes/201480230/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 96.26
+2.93 +3.14%
Volume: 4.35M
Nov. 24, 2020 7:00p
P/E Ratio
35.21
Dividend Yield
4.01%
Market Cap
$68.69 billion
Rev. per Employee
$871,010
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/zigman2/quotes/203789081/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 87.47
-0.32 -0.36%
Volume: 1.38M
Nov. 24, 2020 7:00p
P/E Ratio
24.83
Dividend Yield
2.60%
Market Cap
$30.10 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.04M
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/zigman2/quotes/200558509/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 74.63
+0.41 +0.55%
Volume: 0.00
Nov. 24, 2020 7:00p
P/E Ratio
37.67
Dividend Yield
1.88%
Market Cap
$146.09 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.26M
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/zigman2/quotes/202894679/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 138.31
-0.45 -0.32%
Volume: 7.10M
Nov. 24, 2020 7:00p
P/E Ratio
26.44
Dividend Yield
2.29%
Market Cap
$344.07 billion
Rev. per Employee
$727,304
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/zigman2/quotes/204980236/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 60.64
+0.41 +0.68%
Volume: 15.49M
Nov. 24, 2020 7:00p
P/E Ratio
13.72
Dividend Yield
4.14%
Market Cap
$249.24 billion
Rev. per Employee
$976,800
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/zigman2/quotes/207374728/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 151.36
+0.43 +0.28%
Volume: 5.72M
Nov. 24, 2020 7:00p
P/E Ratio
21.86
Dividend Yield
1.43%
Market Cap
$427.70 billion
Rev. per Employee
$238,165
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/zigman2/quotes/207419035/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 96.24
+0.44 +0.46%
Volume: 1.36M
Nov. 24, 2020 7:00p
P/E Ratio
25.29
Dividend Yield
2.63%
Market Cap
$30.22 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.00M
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/zigman2/quotes/200626850/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 68.14
-0.22 -0.32%
Volume: 4.93M
Nov. 24, 2020 4:00p
P/E Ratio
24.32
Dividend Yield
2.52%
Market Cap
$35.92 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.02M
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Mark Hulbert is a regular contributor to MarketWatch. His Hulbert Ratings tracks investment newsletters that pay a flat fee to be audited. He can be reached at mark@hulbertratings.com

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Mark Hulbert is editor of the Hulbert Financial Digest, which since 1980 has been tracking the performance of hundreds of investment advisors. The HFD...

Mark Hulbert is editor of the Hulbert Financial Digest, which since 1980 has been tracking the performance of hundreds of investment advisors. The HFD became a service of MarketWatch in April 2002. In addition to being a Senior Columnist for MarketWatch, Hulbert writes a monthly column for Barron’s.com and a column on investment strategies for the Journal of the American Association of Individual Investors. A frequent guest on television and radio shows, you may have seen Hulbert on CNBC, Wall Street Week, or ABC’s World News This Morning. Most recently, Dow Jones and MarketWatch launched a new weekly newsletter based on Hulbert's research, entitled Hulbert on Markets: What’s Working Now.

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