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Zacks.com featured expert Kevin Matras highlights: Unilever, Rent-A-Center, Abercrombie & Fitch, Taro Pharmaceutical and PCTEL


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Chicago, IL - March 21, 2019- Stocks in this week's article include Unilever NV UN , Rent-A-Center, Inc. RCII , Abercrombie & Fitch Co. ANF , Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. TARO and PCTEL, Inc. PCTI . Kevin Matras screens for companies showing their 'first' profit and explains why they are ones to watch.

Screen of the Week written by Kevin Matras of Zacks Investment Research:

Buy These 5 Low-Beta Stocks to Survive the Volatility Scare

There is no hard and fast rule that lucrative returns can only come from risky securities. Many strategies show that investing in low-risk portfolios end up giving you handsome returns.

Since risky stocks underperform market amid a bearish business scenario, it could be a good idea to consider some key parameters to create a portfolio of low-beta stocks.

Beta Understanding

Beta measures the volatility or risks to a security relative to the market (we are considering the S&P 500 here). That is, beta measures the extent to which the price of a stock moves with respect to the market.

If the beta is equal to 1 it means that the stock is as volatile as the market. So, a stock is relatively more volatile if it has beta greater than 1 and less volatile if beta is less than 1.

For example, if the beta is 1.8 then the stock will witness 80% more movement than the market.  Hence, we can say that if the market goes up, the stock will outperform by 80%. Conversely, if the market plunges, the stock will lose much more value than the market.

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PC-Tel, Inc. (PCTI): Free Stock Analysis Report

Rent-A-Center, Inc. (RCII): Free Stock Analysis Report

Unilever NV (UN): Free Stock Analysis Report

Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (TARO): Free Stock Analysis Report

Abercrombie & Fitch Company (ANF): Free Stock Analysis Report

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This article appears in: Investing , Stocks
Referenced Symbols: PCTI , RCII , UN , TARO , ANF



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