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Here is a list of the 10 most and least volatile S&P 500 stocks over the last week. To create this list, we looked at dispersion of returns, as measured by the average daily high/low trading ranges.

We've also included an overview of volatility by sector. As the following histogram shows, it's been a quiet week, and weekly volatility has been skewed towards the lower ranges. That will probably change after today's FOMC meeting.

Sector Overview: Average Volatility Over The Last Week

Basic Materials: 2.58% (based on 57 stocks)

Conglomerates: 1.58% (based on 6 stocks)

Consumer Goods: 2.01% (based on 60 stocks)

Financial: 2.21% (based on 80 stocks)

Healthcare: 2.06% (based on 43 stocks)

Industrial Goods: 2.01% (based on 40 stocks)

Services: 2.41% (based on 101 stocks)

Technology: 2.31% (based on 78 stocks)

Utilities: 1.73% (based on 35 stocks)

Top 10 Most Volatile S&P 500 Stocks Over Last Week

  1. Harman International Industries Inc. (NYSE:HAR): 5.72%
  2. Micron Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:MU): 5.54%
  3. Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP): 5.5%
  4. The Washington Post Company (WPO): 5.08%
  5. Tenet Healthcare Corp. (NYSE:THC): 5.06%
  6. J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE:JCP): 4.68%
  7. Titanium Metals Corporation (TIE): 4.47%
  8. PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE:PHM): 4.33%
  9. Genworth Financial Inc. (NYSE:GNW): 4.27%
  10. DR Horton Inc. (NYSE:DHI): 4.27%

As the following chart shows, most of the stocks have a neutral analyst rating. Titanium Metals Corporation (TIE) has outperformed the group over the last year.

Top 10 Least Volatile S&P 500 Stocks Over Last Week

  1. Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB): 0.93%
  2. Airgas Inc. (NYSE:ARG): 0.93%
  3. Waste Management, Inc. (NYSE:WM): 0.93%
  4. CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL): 0.95%
  5. Hormel Foods Corp. (NYSE:HRL): 0.95%
  6. Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL): 0.98%
  7. Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ): 1.07%
  8. Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK): 1.08%
  9. Southern Company (NYSE:SO): 1.09%
  10. Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT): 1.1%

As the following chat shows, most of these stocks have neutral to positive analyst ratings. Airgas (ARG) has outperformed the group over the last year.

Disclosure: No positions

Source: The 10 Most (And Least) Volatile S&P 500 Stocks