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If risk weighs on your mind when you search for new stock ideas, you might appreciate this list.

In the search for low-risk stocks, we ran a screen on stocks with low volatility, finding those that have traded within a 2% range each day over the last month.

We screened these stocks for those with the highest net insider buying over the last six months, indicating insiders such as management and members of the board are optimistic on their companies' outlooks.

Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in analyst ratings over the last two years for the top six stocks mentioned below. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research.‬

We also created a price-weighted index of the stocks mentioned below, and monitored the performance of the list relative to the S&P 500 index over the last month. To access a complete analysis of this list's recent performance, click here.

Do you think these stocks offer lower risk alternatives? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.

List sorted by net insider purchases as a percent of share float.

1. Equity One Inc. (NYSE:EQY): Engages in the ownership, management, acquisition, renovation, and development of neighborhood and community shopping centers in the United States. Market cap of $2.17B. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.95%. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 2.19M, which is 3.82% of the company's 57.30M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 10.58% (equivalent to 8.68 days of average volume). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 6.06% over the last week.

2. Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL): Develops and markets products and services for the hospitality, foodservice, healthcare, and industrial markets primarily in the United States. Market cap of $14.16B. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.29%. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 6.81M, which is 3.24% of the company's 210.56M share float. The stock has gained 22.77% over the last year.

3. Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE:RSG): Provides nonhazardous solid waste collection, transfer, and disposal services in the United States. Market cap of $10.50B. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.84%. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 7.69M, which is 2.53% of the company's 304.14M share float. The stock has lost 4.38% over the last year.

4. Saul Centers Inc. (NYSE:BFS): Operates as a real estate investment trust in the United States. Market cap of $663.42M. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.83%. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 186.97K, which is 2.34% of the company's 7.98M share float.

5. Enstar Group Limited (NASDAQ:ESGR): Acquires and manages insurance and reinsurance companies in run-off. Market cap of $1.42B. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.56%. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 134.82K, which is 1.67% of the company's 8.07M share float. The stock has gained 20.71% over the last year.

6. NuStar GP Holdings, LLC (NYSE:NSH): Owns general partner and limited partner interests in NuStar Energy L.P. that engages in the terminalling and storage of petroleum products, transportation of petroleum products and anhydrous ammonia, and marketing of asphalt and fuels. Market cap of $1.40B. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.99%. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 300.0K, which is 0.86% of the company's 34.78M share float. The stock has lost 2.22% over the last year.

7. Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. (NASDAQ:NDAQ): Provides trading, clearing, exchange technology, securities listing, and public company services worldwide. Market cap of $4.55B. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.70%. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 881.72K, which is 0.69% of the company's 127.04M share float. Might be undervalued at current levels, with a PEG ratio at 0.82, and P/FCF ratio at 8.15. The stock has gained 4.48% over the last year.

8. Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ:CTAS): Provides corporate identity uniforms and related business services in North America and Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Market cap of $4.86B. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.73%. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 645.16K, which is 0.59% of the company's 109.69M share float. The stock has gained 33.03% over the last year.

9. NuStar Energy L.P. (NYSE:NS): Engages in the terminalling, storage, and transportation of petroleum products primarily in the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, St. Market cap of $4.13B. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.50%. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 201.03K, which is 0.38% of the company's 53.52M share float. The stock has lost 9.1% over the last year.

10. Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (NYSE:SIX): Operates regional theme, water, and zoological parks in North America. Market cap of $2.36B. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.69%. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 87.74K, which is 0.36% of the company's 24.50M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 7.03% (equivalent to 11.46 days of average volume). The stock has gained 50.42% over the last year.

11. Community Trust Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ:CTBI): Operates as the holding company for Community Trust Bank, Inc. Market cap of $477.10M. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.74%. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 43.74K, which is 0.34% of the company's 12.71M share float. The stock has gained 10.23% over the last year.

12. Prospect Capital Corporation (NASDAQ:PSEC): A mezzanine finance and private equity firm that specializes in late venture, middle market, mature, mezzanine, buyouts, recapitalizations, growth capital, development, and bridge transactions. Market cap of $1.15B. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.87%. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 306.56K, which is 0.29% of the company's 106.64M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 10.67% (equivalent to 9.95 days of average volume). The stock has had a good month, gaining 12.77%.

13. Snyder's-Lance, Inc. (NASDAQ:LNCE): Engages in the manufacture, marketing, and distribution of various snack food products. Market cap of $1.54B. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.49%. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 121.82K, which is 0.24% of the company's 51.05M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 7.07% (equivalent to 16.39 days of average volume). The stock has gained 6.72% over the last year.

14. ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. (NYSE:ARR): Residential Industry. Market cap of $739.44M. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 0.68%. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 200.0K, which is 0.24% of the company's 81.66M share float. The stock has gained 11.67% over the last year.

15. Ellington Financial LLC (NYSE:EFC): Mortgage Investment Industry. Market cap of $319.79M. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.81%. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 34.37K, which is 0.24% of the company's 14.07M share float. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 5.08% over the last week.

16. SJW Corp. (NYSE:SJW): Engages in the production, purchase, storage, purification, distribution, wholesale, and retail sale of water. Market cap of $430.17M. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.96%. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 34.50K, which is 0.24% of the company's 14.11M share float. The stock has lost 4.3% over the last year.

17. Capital Southwest Corporation (NASDAQ:CSWC): A public investment firm specializing in venture capital and private equity investments in small and medium sized businesses. Market cap of $329.51M. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.82%. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 6.45K, which is 0.20% of the company's 3.26M share float. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 5.11% over the last week.

18. The Madison Square Garden Company (NASDAQ:MSG): Operates in the sports, entertainment, and media businesses primarily in the United States. Market cap of $2.24B. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.69%. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 99.56K, which is 0.16% of the company's 60.98M share float. The stock has gained 18.59% over the last year.

19. CNA Financial Corporation (NYSE:CNA): Provides property and casualty insurance products to small, middle-market, and large businesses and organizations primarily in the United States, Europe, Canada, and Hawaii. Market cap of $7.55B. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.54%. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 40.0K, which is 0.15% of the company's 26.24M share float. The stock has gained 5.49% over the last year.

20. Crexus Investment Corp. (NYSE:CXS): Operates as a specialty finance company in the United States. Market cap of $845.88M. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.53%. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 66.10K, which is 0.10% of the company's 66.95M share float. The stock has lost 7.54% over the last year.

*Insider data sourced from Yahoo! Finance, all other data sourced from Finviz.

Source: 20 Low Volatility Stocks Being Snapped Up By Insiders