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Best Performing Low Beta Stocks of 2020

Updated Dec 31, 2020
Risk averse traders and long term investors love low beta stocks. These are the stocks which don't make large price moves and don't show high volatility. Even when the overall market is making big swings, these low beta stocks at the most move to match the percentage change made by the market index. For instance, there may be a consumer durables company which has a low beta value of 0.1. When the overall market, represented by say S&P 500 index, moves up by 1%, then this particular stock is expected to move by only around 0.1%.
Such stocks are preferred by long term investors who don't want high volatility and fluctuations in prices on a regular basis, but prefer that the stock moves up slowly and steadily in either direction. Low beta stocks suit the needs of such investors. On the trading side, such stocks are good for active option traders who may like to bank on benefitting from time decay and similar other stable price range parameters.
Among several of the low beta stock companies whose stocks are listed and actively trading on the stock exchanges, which have been the top performers in terms of generating the highest returns in their stock prices?
This article provides a list of the low beta stocks that have given the top returns in the year 2020 till date of writing. The list is prepared based on the percentage returns generated by the individual stocks between the end of the previous and Dec 31, 2020, and the top 10 return generating low beta stocks are listed below.

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Top Low Beta Stocks With Highest Returns

The following list presents stocks of the companies which belong to the broader Low Beta sector or the stock market index, their corresponding prices as of given date, and the percentage gains realized:
 1) MarketAxess Holdings, Inc. (MKTX) 2) Ball Corp (BLL) 3) Newmont Mining Corporation (NEM) 4) Lennar Corp. (LEN) 5) Charter Communications (CHTR)
 6) The Clorox Company (CLX) 7) D. R. Horton (DHI) 8) American Water Works Company Inc (AWK) 9) Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) 10) Colgate-Palmolive Company (CL)

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Performance of Top Low Beta Stocks

Here's a look at the basic details and how the above mentioned stocks fared during the period:

MarketAxess

MarketAxess Holdings Inc., incorporated on April 11, 2000, operates an electronic trading platform that enables fixed-income market participants to trade corporate bonds and other types of fixed-income instruments using its ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of MarketAxess.
The New York, NY-headquartered company MarketAxess Holdings, Inc. (MKTX) is ranked number one among the best performing stocks of Low Beta of 2020. The Finance sector business falls under the Investment Bankers and Brokers industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2020, the stock price of MarketAxess has changed by 50.5 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $379.11 per share and year-to-date closing price of $570.56 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $14.2 billion to $21.66 billion during the same period. Along with Low Beta, the company is also in the business of Finance, Investment Bankers and Brokers, Financial Services, Capital Markets, S&P 500, Wilshire 5000, among other usual products and services. MarketAxess continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like S&P 500 index, Wilshire 5000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

Ball Corp

Ball Corporation (Ball), incorporated on December 19, 1922, is a supplier of metal packaging to the beverage, food, personal care and household products industries. The Companys packaging products are produced ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Ball Corp.
During the given months of the year 2020, Ball Corp (BLL) was successful in generating YTD returns of 44.09 percentage which helped it gain the number two spot in the list of the top performing stocks which generated maximum returns during year 2020 till date. As of December of the previous year, the stock of the Broomfield, Colorado-based Ball Corp closed at a price of $64.67 per share, while it traded at a price of $93.18 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. The company's market cap changed from $21.16 billion to $30.48 billion during the same period YTD. It ranks as a key constituent of major indexes that include Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators. The company is classified under the Consumer Durables industry sector and further specialized as a Containers and Packaging sector business.

Newmont Mining

Newmont Mining Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates in the mining industry. The company primarily acquires, develops, explores for, and produces gold, copper, and silver. Its operatio ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Newmont Mining.
Rank number three in the coveted list is held by Newmont Mining Corporation (NEM) for being among the top performing stocks of 2020. Headquartered in Colorado, CO, the Basic Industries sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Precious Metals. Since the start of the year 2020, stock of Newmont Mining has so far gained 37.84 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $43.45 per share and year-to-date price of $59.89 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $35.62 billion to $48.11 billion. The stock of Newmont Mining continues to be a major constituent of many leading stock indexes which include Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Lennar

Lennar Corporation, incorporated on September 6, 1991, is a provider of real estate related financial services, commercial real estate, investment management and finance company. The Company is a homebuilder that ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Lennar.
At number four in the list of top stocks stands Lennar Corp. (LEN), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $55.79 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $76.23 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. It translates to a change of 36.64 percentage. The Miami, Florida-headquartered Basic Industries sector company also saw its market value change from $17.31 billion to $23.26 billion. The Homebuilding specialist also managed to outperform some of the major stock market indexes of which it is a part of. They include the Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

Charter Communications

Charter Communications, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides cable services to residential and commercial customers in the United States. It offers subscription-based video services, including vid ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Charter Communications.
Charter Communications (CHTR) has moved by 36.38 percentage over the given period of 2020-YTD, helping it gain a place at number five among the top performing stocks. The Consumer Services sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $485.08 apiece to the price of $661.55 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Dec 31, 2020. The smart run of the Stamford, Connecticut-based Television Services sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $104.19 billion to $132.23 billion over the same duration. Charter Communications is a key member of many popular stock market indexes. They include NASDAQ 100 index, Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Clorox

The Clorox Company, incorporated on September 5, 1986, is a manufacturer and marketer of consumer and professional products. The Company sells its products primarily through mass retail outlets, e-commerce channels, ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Clorox.
The Oakland, California-based Consumer Durables sector company The Clorox Company (CLX) holds the number six spot among the best performing stocks of the Low Beta sector. Classified as the Specialty Chemicals business, the stock price of Clorox ended the previous year at a price of $153.54 per share while it reached the level of $201.92 apiece as of Dec 31, 2020 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 31.51%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $25.45 billion. Few leading stock market index includes Clorox in their constituent list. They include Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

D R Horton

D.R. Horton, Inc. operates as a homebuilding company in East, Midwest, Southeast, South Central, Southwest, and West regions in the United States. It engages in the acquisition and development of land ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of D R Horton.
The Fort Worth, Texas-based D. R. Horton (DHI) belongs to the Capital Goods sector and is categorized as a Homebuilding company. The stock of D R Horton ended the previous year at a price of $52.75 per share. As of Dec 31, 2020, the stock price has reached $68.92 apiece, which indicates a change of 30.65 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the Low Beta for the year 2020 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $19.46 billion. It has now changed to $25.13 billion as of writing. D R Horton continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

American Water Works

American Water Works Company, Inc., incorporated on August 28, 1936, is a holding company for regulated and market-based subsidiaries throughout the United States and Ontario, Canada. The Companys Regulated Businesses ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of American Water Works.
The number eight spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Low Beta sector is taken by American Water Works Company Inc (AWK). The company's stock price changed from $122.85 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $153.47 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 24.92 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Voorhees, New Jersey-based Public Utilities sector company was from $22.21 billion to $27.82 billion. Being ranked in the top 10 best performing stocks of the Low Beta sector, the company also succeeded in outperforming the returns generated by some of the popular stock market indexes. They include the Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

Intercontinental Exchange

Intercontinental Exchange, Inc., incorporated on March 6, 2013, is an operator of regulated exchanges, clearing houses and listings venues. The Company provides data services for commodity and financial markets. The ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Intercontinental Exchange.
Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) generated percentage returns of 24.57 percent during the 2020 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $92.55 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $115.29 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $51.54 billion to $64.71 billion during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Finance speciality business with further classification in the Investment Bankers and Brokers sub-category. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, the YTD performance of the Low Beta sector also fared better than that of the returns generated by some of the closley tracked stock market indexes. The company is a part of Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a few other wider multi-cap stock market indexes.

Colgate-Palmolive

Colgate-Palmolive Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells consumer products worldwide. It operates through two segments, Oral, Personal and Home Care; and Pet Nutrition. The company offe ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Colgate-Palmolive.
Based on the market-cap change from $59 billion to $73.3 billion during the given months of the year 2020 and the share price change from $68.84 per share to a price of $85.51 per share as of Dec 31, 2020, Colgate-Palmolive Company (CL) was successful in generating YTD returns of 24.22 percentage. Standing at the number ten rank in the top performing list of Low Beta stocks, the New York, NY-based Colgate-Palmolive is categorized as the Package Goods and Cosmetics sub-sector business which falls under the larger Consumer Non-Durables sector. It is also a part of few famous stock indexes that are used to track the overall performance of the stock market. They include Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a few more broader-level indexes that are actively tracked in the market.
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