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Best Performing Low Volatility Stocks of 2020

Updated Aug 5, 2020
Low volatilty stocks are preferred investment style by many investors. Such stocks usually belong to the sectors whose business usually remains independent to a good degree to economic conditions prevailing in a nation. Examples of such sectors include consumer staples, consumer discretionary, healthcare, real estate and utilities. For instance, people will pay for food staples and energy bills even during a recession as those are mandatory needs of human life, though spendings may vary. However, same people will avoid buying a high end costly smartphone in a recession. Stocks belonging to such sectors are considered low volatility, and owing to their steady stream of revenue they often pay regular dividends.
Among the big basket of low-volatility stocks, which ones generated the top returns this year? Which of those figured among the winners in the long list of Low Volatility stocks?
This article provides a list of Low Volatility stocks which have generated the highest returns in the year 2020 so far. till date of writing. The list is prepared based on the percentage returns generated by the individual Low Volatility stocks between the end of the previous year and Aug 5, 2020, and the top 10 return generating Low Volatility stocks are listed below.
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Top Low Volatility Stocks With Highest Returns

The following list presents stocks of the companies which belong to the broader Low Volatility sector or the stock market index, their corresponding prices as of given date, and the percentage gains realized:
 1) Danaher Corp. (DHR) 2) Citrix Systems (CTXS) 3) SBA Communications Corporation (SBAC) 4) Verisk Analytics (VRSK) 5) Jack Henry and Associates, Inc. (JKHY)
 6) Nasdaq, Inc. (NDAQ) 7) Air Products and Chemicals Inc (APD) 8) American Water Works Company Inc (AWK) 9) Prologis (PLD) 10) NextEra Energy (NEE)

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Performance of Top Low Volatility Stocks

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

Danaher

Danaher Corporation (Danaher), incorporated on October 3, 1986, designs, manufactures and markets professional, medical, industrial and commercial products and services. As of December 31, 2016, the Companys research and development, ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Danaher.
The Washington, D.C.-headquartered company Danaher Corp. (DHR) is ranked number one among the best performing stocks of Low Volatility of 2020. The Capital Goods sector business falls under the Industrial Machinery and Components industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2020, the stock price of Danaher has changed by 33.92 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $153.48 per share and year-to-date closing price of $205.54 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $106.72 billion to $145.81 billion during the same period. Along with Low Volatility, the company is also in the business of Capital Goods, Industrial Machinery and Components, Health Care, Diagnostics & Research, Water, Healthcare, Most Diversified, S&P 500, among other usual products and services. Danaher 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.

Citrix

Citrix Systems, Inc., incorporated on April 17, 1989, offers Enterprise and Service Provider products, which include Workspace Services solutions and Delivery Networking products. The Companys Enterprise and Service Provider products ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Citrix.
During the given months of the year 2020, Citrix Systems (CTXS) was successful in generating YTD returns of 28.62 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 Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based Citrix closed at a price of $110.9 per share, while it traded at a price of $142.64 per share as of Aug 5, 2020. The company's market cap changed from $14.44 billion to $17.62 billion during the same period YTD. It ranks as a key constituent of major indexes that include NASDAQ 100 index, Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators. The company is classified under the Technology industry sector and further specialized as a Computer Software-Prepackaged Software sector business.

SBA Communications

SBA Communications Corporation, incorporated on December 23, 1996, is an independent owner and operator of wireless communications tower structures, rooftops and other structures that support antennas used for wireless communications. ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of SBA Communications.
The Florida, FL-based Consumer Services sector company SBA Communications Corporation (SBAC) holds the number three spot among the best performing stocks of the Low Volatility sector. Classified as the Telecommunications Equipment business, the stock price of SBA Communications ended the previous year at a price of $240.99 per share while it reached the level of $306.48 apiece as of Aug 5, 2020 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 27.18%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $34.3 billion. Few leading stock market index includes SBA Communications 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.

Verisk Analytics

Verisk Analytics, Inc., incorporated on May 23, 2008, is a data analytics provider serving customers in insurance, natural resources and financial services. The Company operates through two segments: Risk Assessment ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Verisk Analytics.
Based on the market-cap change from $24.47 billion to $30.29 billion during the given months of the year 2020 and the share price change from $149.34 per share to a price of $186.66 per share as of Aug 5, 2020, Verisk Analytics (VRSK) was successful in generating YTD returns of 24.99 percentage. Standing at the number four rank in the top performing list of Low Volatility stocks, the Jersey City, New Jersey-based Verisk Analytics is categorized as the EDP Services sub-sector business which falls under the larger Technology 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 NASDAQ 100 index, Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a few more broader-level indexes that are actively tracked in the market.

Jack Henry and Associates

Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. provides technology solutions and payment processing services primarily for financial services organizations in the United States. The company offers information and tran ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Jack Henry and Associates.
Rank number five in the coveted list is held by Jack Henry and Associates, Inc. (JKHY) for being among the top performing stocks of 2020. Headquartered in Missouri, MO, the Technology sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of EDP Services. Since the start of the year 2020, stock of Jack Henry and Associates has so far gained 23.36 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $145.67 per share and year-to-date price of $179.7 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $11.21 billion to $13.77 billion. The stock of Jack Henry and Associates 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.

Nasdaq

Nasdaq, Inc. (Nasdaq), incorporated on November 13, 1979, is a holding company. The Company is a provider of trading, clearing, exchange technology, regulatory, securities listing, information and public company services. ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Nasdaq.
At number six in the list of top stocks stands Nasdaq, Inc. (NDAQ), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $107.1 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $130.36 per share as of Aug 5, 2020. It translates to a change of 21.72 percentage. The New York, NY-headquartered Finance sector company also saw its market value change from $17.56 billion to $21.39 billion. The Investment Bankers and Brokers 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.

Air Products and Chemicals

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., incorporated on May 25, 1961, is an industrial gases company. The Companys Industrial Gases business provides atmospheric and process gases and related equipment to manufacturing ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Air Products and Chemicals.
Air Products and Chemicals Inc (APD) has moved by 21.12 percentage over the given period of 2020-YTD, helping it gain a place at number seven among the top performing stocks. The Basic Industries sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $234.99 apiece to the price of $284.62 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Aug 5, 2020. The smart run of the Allentown, Pennsylvania-based Major Chemicals sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $51.81 billion to $62.87 billion over the same duration. Air Products and Chemicals is a key member of many popular stock market indexes. They include 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 Voorhees, New Jersey-based American Water Works Company Inc (AWK) belongs to the Public Utilities sector and is categorized as a Water Supply company. The stock of American Water Works ended the previous year at a price of $122.85 per share. As of Aug 5, 2020, the stock price has reached $147.25 apiece, which indicates a change of 19.86 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the Low Volatility for the year 2020 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $22.21 billion. It has now changed to $26.66 billion as of writing. American Water Works 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.

Prologis

Prologis, Inc., incorporated on November 24, 1997, is a real estate investment trust (REIT) company. The Company is engaged in logistics real estate business. The Companys segments include Real Estate ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Prologis.
Prologis (PLD) generated percentage returns of 17.68 percent during the 2020 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $89.14 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $104.9 per share as of Aug 5, 2020. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $56.32 billion to $77.5 billion during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Consumer Services speciality business with further classification in the Real Estate Investment Trusts sub-category. Based in San Francisco, California, the YTD performance of the Low Volatility 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.

NextEra Energy

NextEra Energy, Inc., through its subsidiaries, generates, transmits, distributes, and sells electric power to retail and wholesale customers in North America. The company generates electricity throug ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of NextEra Energy.
The number ten spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Low Volatility sector is taken by NextEra Energy (NEE). The company's stock price changed from $242.16 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $283.78 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 17.19 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Juno Beach, Florida-based Public Utilities sector company was from $118.36 billion to $138.95 billion. Being ranked in the top 10 best performing stocks of the Low Volatility 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.
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