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The following is a list of stocks in a downtrend, i.e. trading below the 20-day, 50-day and 200-day moving averages.

All of these stocks have low levels of risk, as defined by the RiskGrade ratings developed by the RiskMetrics Group. RiskGrades is calibrated to be more intuitive and easier to use than standard deviation or beta. According to the company, their rating system captures all the components of market risk: equity, interest rate, currency, and commodity risk.

The lower the RiskGrade rating, the lower the risk level of the stock. Mobile Telesystems OJSC (NYSE:MBT), the last company in our list, has a RiskGrade rating of 94, which means that it is less risky than 81% of tickers on U.S. markets.

We're not going to go into detailed analysis for each company. The goal here is to give a starting point to risk-averse investors looking to buy stocks that are stuck in a downtrend. Full details below.

RiskGrades sourced from RiskMetrics group.

A reminder: The lower the RiskGrade score, the lower the risk of the company, as defined by the RiskMetrics group.

1. Hilltop Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HTH): Property & Casualty Insurance Industry. Market cap of $546.92M. The stock is currently -1.77% below its 20-day MA, -2.46% below its 50-day MA, and -4.12% below its 200-day MA. RiskGrade ratings at 58. Short float at 3.11%, which implies a short ratio of 8.99 days. The stock has lost -20% over the last year.

2. China Mobile Limited (NYSE:CHL): Wireless Communications Industry. Market cap of $191.24B. The stock is currently -2.37% below its 20-day MA, -3.48% below its 50-day MA, and -4.71% below its 200-day MA. RiskGrade ratings at 62. Short float at 0.21%, which implies a short ratio of 1.71 days. The stock has gained 0.72% over the last year.

3. Pepsico, Inc. (NYSE:PEP): Processed & Packaged Goods Industry. Market cap of $100.49B. The stock is currently -1.81% below its 20-day MA, -2.91% below its 50-day MA, and -1.4% below its 200-day MA. RiskGrade ratings at 67. Short float at 0.4%, which implies a short ratio of 0.94 days. The stock has gained 4.67% over the last year.

4. PPL Corporation (NYSE:PPL): Electric Utilities Industry. Market cap of $12.08B. The stock is currently -1.07% below its 20-day MA, -2.83% below its 50-day MA, and -2.95% below its 200-day MA. RiskGrade ratings at 73. Short float at 1.46%, which implies a short ratio of 1.58 days. The stock has lost -10.06% over the last year.

5. Campbell Soup Co. (NYSE:CPB): Processed & Packaged Goods Industry. Market cap of $11.2B. The stock is currently -2.89% below its 20-day MA, -2.92% below its 50-day MA, and -4.61% below its 200-day MA. RiskGrade ratings at 75. Short float at 9.68%, which implies a short ratio of 8.58 days. The stock has gained 3.45% over the last year.

6. Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN): Biotechnology Industry. Market cap of $49.36B. The stock is currently -5.2% below its 20-day MA, -6.28% below its 50-day MA, and -4.6% below its 200-day MA. RiskGrade ratings at 78. Short float at 1.46%, which implies a short ratio of 2.13 days. The stock has lost -8.51% over the last year.

7. Empresa Nacional de Electricidad S.A. (NYSE:EOC): Foreign Utilities Industry. Market cap of $13.76B. The stock is currently -2.14% below its 20-day MA, -6.09% below its 50-day MA, and -2.0% below its 200-day MA. RiskGrade ratings at 78. Short float at 0.27%, which implies a short ratio of 2.9 days. The stock has gained 4.05% over the last year.

8. Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (NYSE:PHI): Telecom Services Industry. Market cap of $9.82B. The stock is currently -5.21% below its 20-day MA, -6.78% below its 50-day MA, and -4.84% below its 200-day MA. RiskGrade ratings at 81. Short float at 0.36%, which implies a short ratio of 3.76 days. The stock has gained 4.29% over the last year.

9. Cypress Sharpridge Investments, Inc. (NYSE:CYS): REIT. Market cap of $731.4M. The stock is currently -3.44% below its 20-day MA, -4.12% below its 50-day MA, and -0.9% below its 200-day MA. RiskGrade ratings at 83. Short float at 5.52%, which implies a short ratio of 1.97 days. The stock has gained 13.7% over the last year.

10. EarthLink Inc. (NASDAQ:ELNK): Internet Service Providers Industry. Market cap of $907.64M. The stock is currently -1.75% below its 20-day MA, -3.69% below its 50-day MA, and -1.29% below its 200-day MA. RiskGrade ratings at 83. Short float at 9.05%, which implies a short ratio of 6.65 days. The stock has gained 8.13% over the last year.

11. FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE:FCN): Management Services Industry. Market cap of $1.7B. The stock is currently -0.97% below its 20-day MA, -0.12% below its 50-day MA, and -0.22% below its 200-day MA. RiskGrade ratings at 84. Short float at 7%, which implies a short ratio of 9.08 days. The stock has lost -12.82% over the last year.

12. Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE:BUD): Brewers Industry. Market cap of $88.12B. The stock is currently -1.8% below its 20-day MA, -3.26% below its 50-day MA, and -0.43% below its 200-day MA. RiskGrade ratings at 90. Short float at 0.3%, which implies a short ratio of 1.95 days. The stock has gained 11.81% over the last year.

13. China Life Insurance Co. Ltd. (NYSE:LFC): Life Insurance Industry. Market cap of $109.53B. The stock is currently -0.46% below its 20-day MA, -4.09% below its 50-day MA, and -8.94% below its 200-day MA. RiskGrade ratings at 90. Short float at 0.17%, which implies a short ratio of 2.18 days. The stock has lost -11.39% over the last year.

14. Enersis S.A. (NYSE:ENI): Foreign Utilities Industry. Market cap of $12.83B. The stock is currently -4.65% below its 20-day MA, -9.86% below its 50-day MA, and -9.5% below its 200-day MA. RiskGrade ratings at 91. Short float at 0.24%, which implies a short ratio of 0.99 days. The stock has lost -6.61% over the last year.

15. Mobile Telesystems OJSC (MBT): Wireless Communications Industry. Market cap of $18.56B. The stock is currently -1.43% below its 20-day MA, -3.66% below its 50-day MA, and -7.08% below its 200-day MA. RiskGrade ratings at 94. Short float at 3.68%, which implies a short ratio of 0.88 days. The stock has lost -6.06% over the last year.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

Source: Contrarian Ideas: 15 Low Risk Stocks Stuck in a Downtrend