What is beta in stocks?

beta in stocks

In the nearly 25 years of watching the market, I learned to look at when investing is the beta in stocks.  It is not the only thing I look for but is a good indication of share price volatility which is important to conservative investors like myself.

What is beta in stocks?

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The short answer is that is It is the stock’s volatility in relation to the overall market. Beta in stocks is important to look at because it tells you how much a certain stock moves up or down when compared to an index such as NASDAQ or Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA).

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For example, if a stock has a beta of 1.0, then it should theoretically move up and down the same amount as the index. A beta below 1.0 means that the stock tends to move less than the overall market. If a stock has a beta of less than 0.8, it’s considered low-volatility, and if it’s greater than 1.0, then it’s considered high volatility.

So if a stock has a beta of 0.8, that means the stock crashes 20% when the S&P 500 crashes 10%. This is also called beta risk. The lower the number, the less volatile the stock relative to the broader market. So what should you do with this information? Buy low volatility stocks and hold for recuperating lost losses from high volatility stocks. As always, consult with your financial advisor before making any decisions about your investments.

How to calculate beta in stocks

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Beta is not necessarily an indicator of the stock’s performance but rather a relative measure of risk. To derive a stock’s beta, you need to calculate the covariance between the stock’s returns and returns on the benchmark index.

For example, if a company’s stock had an alpha of 5% and the market index had an alpha of 2%, then that company’s beta would be 3 (5%-2%=3%). If you’re using the historical method, you’ll multiply the average daily return of the company by its asset turnover (assets/market value). Then subtract 1 from this number and divide it by its standard deviation.

Sound confusing?  Don’t worry about doing the beta calculation because most financial websites like tradingview.com or finviz.com provide the beta for stocks.

Low Beta Stocks List

Are you looking for a list of low beta stocks? You are in luck. Below is a list of 59 stocks that have a low beta (less than 0.7).

ABS REPORT
TickerCompanyYTD ReturnBeta 1-YearBeta 3-YearBest Monthly ReturnWorst Monthly ReturnMax Drawdown 1-Year1-Month Return3-Month Return1-Year Return2-Year Return3-Year Return5-Year Return10-Year Return
ABCMAbcam-7.10%0.260.2433.00%-20.90%-23.80%-6.80%-14.20%45.20%21.90%12.10%141.60%– 
AGIAlamos Gold0.50%0.570.1950.60%-24.40%-38.10%9.50%6.40%34.20%81.40%56.60%53.50%-35.70%
ATOAtmos Energy6.30%0.520.6915.30%-13.00%-23.10%8.10%15.80%-2.90%4.20%29.10%54.20%302.80%
BDXBecton, Dickinson4.30%0.370.6416.50%-14.90%-22.00%8.10%1.30%4.40%8.50%20.00%76.20%277.00%
BIO.BBio-Rad Laboratories4.70%0.050.1224.00%-16.40%-18.90%0.00%-0.80%47.50%96.00%140.50%340.90%382.90%
BKIBlack Knight-16.30%0.630.6821.50%-16.10%-24.50%-4.80%-12.70%14.60%35.20%55.20%149.70%– 
BSMBlack Stone Minerals52.90%0.920.735.60%-47.30%-26.90%7.20%29.30%92.70%-31.90%-26.10%0.60%– 
BTGB2Gold-8.70%0.590.3256.70%-22.70%-42.20%9.60%-1.70%14.00%91.40%83.30%200.20%43.50%
BWXTBWX Technologies12.80%0.790.6821.40%-24.40%-20.30%5.30%11.10%36.40%33.50%5.80%117.90%241.20%
CIXXCI Financial25.10%0.420.4612.50%-41.20%-20.70%2.90%19.20%75.20%19.70%-18.30%-15.10%-7.30%
CQPCheniere Energy Partners20.10%0.770.6732.70%-21.80%-20.30%-5.10%8.70%52.10%11.20%71.00%93.00%329.40%
CSGSCSG Systems Intl4.40%0.830.6819.50%-18.30%-25.00%-2.00%8.00%-0.60%5.80%4.30%3.30%131.10%
CUBECubeSmart22.20%0.610.6315.10%-15.70%-12.20%6.60%21.50%64.20%39.10%64.40%56.80%447.50%
DISCBDiscovery157.20%-0.86-0.1119.70%-36.20%-50.90%5.50%119.00%172.10%140.80%141.60%192.50%300.90%
EGOVNIC31.90%0.660.6131.40%-12.90%-24.50%0.40%25.10%48.00%106.20%155.80%113.40%250.50%
ESLTElbit Systems9.20%0.750.6812.40%-14.50%-25.60%1.30%1.80%18.10%-0.10%20.40%53.20%210.50%
FCNFTI Consulting30.90%0.310.5127.10%-16.00%-30.80%15.50%27.80%10.70%81.60%191.30%304.30%280.30%
GRP.UGranite REIT3.20%0.560.6418.80%-19.10%-8.40%2.30%6.80%53.10%44.70%81.40%183.90%– 
GSKGlaxoSmithKline4.40%0.530.6113.00%-13.30%-21.80%5.20%0.70%0.00%2.50%8.30%14.40%57.80%
HLIHoulihan Lokey0.00%0.730.6320.20%-13.80%-17.10%-2.00%-5.50%22.90%49.80%61.20%202.20%– 
ICUIICU Medical-2.20%0.650.6417.50%-36.60%-25.40%1.40%-5.30%-1.30%-10.70%-18.00%101.70%368.10%
JNJJohnson & Johnson3.30%0.510.6516.50%-11.70%-11.40%0.80%1.20%12.40%25.00%34.20%68.20%260.10%
KKellogg2.50%0.310.4311.20%-12.20%-19.80%5.20%8.00%4.00%16.60%11.70%-2.30%57.50%
KGCKinross Gold2.50%0.670.2963.80%-24.80%-37.80%8.90%4.70%26.80%116.70%98.50%83.60%-50.20%
KLKirkland Lake Gold-7.40%0.590.2841.70%-20.30%-42.30%10.10%-5.10%6.40%22.50%129.40%507.20%164.70%
KTKT15.30%0.640.5432.40%-21.20%-12.90%6.60%17.40%49.20%6.30%-0.80%1.30%-16.30%
LMNXLuminex59.40%0.170.6533.30%-31.40%-48.70%9.20%32.70%23.60%59.80%75.40%94.00%101.00%
LOPEGrand Canyon Education23.90%0.890.6931.80%-21.90%-24.80%5.10%28.50%53.60%-2.60%5.40%169.10%743.00%
LRNStride51.20%0.810.2758.40%-32.20%-59.50%13.60%35.40%40.00%-13.20%133.90%220.30%-6.10%
MASIMasimo-9.20%0.590.6922.20%-16.70%-22.40%3.80%-6.90%21.50%79.10%184.10%471.10%653.80%
MOAltria Group29.20%0.740.6814.90%-13.90%-18.10%6.20%28.80%37.70%7.00%0.70%12.50%228.90%
MRKMerck & Co-4.70%0.590.6810.50%-14.70%-17.00%1.40%-5.10%-2.80%4.50%47.70%59.20%218.90%
MRNAModerna62.40%0.750.22127.60%-26.20%-42.70%18.10%30.80%355.60%556.70%– – – 
MUSAMurphy USA8.80%0.630.6938.10%-16.20%-15.80%8.70%14.80%39.30%69.60%123.20%139.80%– 
NICENICE-16.70%0.770.6817.30%-14.70%-23.70%1.80%-13.60%48.20%86.60%151.20%275.10%574.80%
NLOKNortonLifeLock4.30%0.740.6321.00%-24.90%-25.20%-0.10%6.60%12.00%59.40%43.30%125.80%194.80%
NOMDNomad Foods13.90%0.260.4835.10%-21.30%-14.20%11.50%13.10%51.10%39.80%80.10%240.70%– 
NVONovo Nordisk4.90%0.430.5512.60%-18.10%-13.20%1.60%3.10%23.40%50.00%57.60%46.90%251.00%
NVSNovartis-3.40%0.470.6113.90%-10.90%-14.30%3.10%-3.60%6.60%16.90%37.80%59.20%166.60%
ORANOrange5.00%0.690.5712.70%-11.60%-21.20%0.20%2.40%7.40%-16.20%-16.90%-7.20%3.00%
PFEPfizer5.40%0.550.6720.80%-11.30%-21.30%8.40%5.60%17.60%4.60%25.70%51.30%191.40%
PSAPublic Storage16.90%0.490.5710.00%-11.10%-12.30%10.40%22.00%42.20%30.50%51.40%20.30%243.90%
PSECProspect Capital51.50%0.470.6924.30%-26.60%-18.40%4.90%43.30%114.90%54.60%76.20%96.40%132.50%
QDELQuidel-29.30%0.340.6842.10%-40.10%-59.20%-9.90%-35.80%25.00%97.50%127.90%609.20%956.40%
QGENQiagen-0.80%0.240.3339.90%-21.60%-17.40%6.90%-1.40%30.70%29.70%59.80%120.80%152.50%
RDWRRadware3.50%0.690.6517.00%-11.70%-17.30%7.80%0.40%35.80%9.40%29.70%161.70%73.80%
REGNRegeneron Pharmaceuticals4.70%0.670.6930.30%-16.30%-32.10%4.60%-2.30%-1.10%34.80%57.40%24.40%1028.40%
RGRSturm Ruger & Co10.20%0.440.3622.90%-20.60%-32.80%0.80%-1.70%48.50%44.00%46.20%25.30%393.10%
SANDSandstorm Gold7.90%0.760.3247.90%-25.90%-42.70%9.50%12.80%19.30%37.50%62.30%102.10%42.80%
SEBSeaboard23.60%0.270.3720.90%-20.50%-17.40%-0.70%15.20%25.60%-14.60%-7.80%25.90%68.50%
SFMSprouts Farmers Market34.80%0.270.4425.20%-19.20%-32.20%9.20%32.40%42.80%26.90%14.20%-3.40%– 
SJMJM Smucker14.90%0.30.3617.50%-13.20%-15.30%7.90%18.00%17.70%17.60%17.50%18.90%129.00%
STZ.BConstellation Brands1.80%0.370.6420.70%-16.90%-16.80%5.60%3.40%40.20%20.50%3.10%50.10%991.80%
TAKTakeda Pharmaceutical-6.40%0.530.621.40%-15.00%-21.10%-9.70%-4.80%4.20%-3.10%-17.10%-17.70%4.40%
TMToyota Motor1.70%0.610.6213.50%-9.60%-9.60%2.80%3.80%29.70%34.90%29.80%69.60%158.00%
TMETencent Music Enter Gr-7.20%0.480.5338.30%-23.90%-43.40%-32.30%-17.70%64.90%1.70%– – – 
TSLXSixth Street Specialty16.40%0.730.6824.90%-37.10%-19.60%4.50%16.40%82.70%45.60%81.70%134.90%– 
VIRTVirtu Financial25.60%0.120.0850.40%-24.00%-22.90%4.30%28.10%34.90%42.10%0.10%89.60%– 
YUMCYum China Holdings5.40%0.70.6325.40%-12.10%-13.60%-4.20%4.70%35.00%39.40%53.20%– – 
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