In the Barron's Streetwise column this weekend, Michael Santoli featured a list that we provided of the ten least volatile S&P 500 stocks over the last decade. Below is a table that expands the list to the forty least volatile S&P 500 names. These are current S&P 500 stocks that have the smallest difference between their high price and low price over the last decade.
As shown, Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) has been the least volatile stock over the last ten years with a 10-year hi/lo spread of just 54.07%. Its 10-year high is $63.94, while its 10-year low is $41.50. Just six other S&P 500 stocks have a 10-year hi/lo spread that is less than 100% -- Kimberly-Clark (NYSE:KMB), Progress Energy (NYSE:PGN), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), SCANA (NYSE:SCG), Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) and Con Ed (NYSE:ED). Other notables on the list of least volatile stocks include Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), UPS, Verizon (NYSE:VZ), 3M (NYSE:MMM), Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG), and Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.B).