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Do you worry about stock market volatility? If so, one idea is to consider a stock's recent trading volatility. With that idea in mind, we ran a screen.

We began by screening the S&P 500 for low-volatility stocks, with average intra-day volatility over the last month under 2% (meaning, on average, these stocks have traded within a 2% range each day).

We then screened for those with strong profitability compared to industry peers, with higher gross, operating, and pretax margins than their industry averages by at least 5% on each margin. This indicates that these companies are taking a greater percentage of their revenues as profits, and they also have stronger control over their cost structures.

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Do you think these names offer less risk? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.

List sorted by average intra-day volatility over the last month.

1. Dominion Resources, Inc. (D): Engages in producing and transporting energy in the United States. Market cap at $30.46B, most recent closing price at $54.09. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.01%. TTM gross margin at 30.78% vs. industry average at 24.33%. TTM operating margin at 22.86% vs. industry average at 16.3%. TTM pretax margin at 15.48% vs. industry average at 9.9%.

2. Abbott Laboratories (ABT): Engages in the discovery, development, manufacture, and sale of health care products worldwide. Market cap at $100.89B, most recent closing price at $64.84. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.18%. TTM gross margin at 69.17% vs. industry average at 63.85%. TTM operating margin at 23.35% vs. industry average at 13.95%. TTM pretax margin at 14.39% vs. industry average at 8.37%.

3. Hershey Co. (HSY): Engages in manufacturing, marketing, selling, and distributing various chocolate and confectionery products, pantry items, and gum and mint refreshment products worldwide. Market cap at $15.73B, most recent closing price at $71.72. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.29%. TTM gross margin at 46.4% vs. industry average at 32.14%. TTM operating margin at 18.71% vs. industry average at 11.58%. TTM pretax margin at 16.34% vs. industry average at 8.55%.

4. McDonald's Corp. (MCD): Operates as a foodservice retailer worldwide. Market cap at $89.47B, most recent closing price at $89.19. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.33%. TTM gross margin at 44.84% vs. industry average at 36.9%. TTM operating margin at 30.76% vs. industry average at 19.39%. TTM pretax margin at 29.74% vs. industry average at 17.29%.

5. Philip Morris International, Inc. (PM): Engages in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in markets outside of the United States. Market cap at $148.2B, most recent closing price at $88.78. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.36%. TTM gross margin at 68.69% vs. industry average at 62.03%. TTM operating margin at 43.55% vs. industry average at 37.55%. TTM pretax margin at 40.71% vs. industry average at 33.31%.

6. Equifax Inc. (EFX): Collects, organizes, and manages various financial, demographic, employment, and marketing information solutions for businesses and consumers. Market cap at $5.84B, most recent closing price at $47.33. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.57%. TTM gross margin at 61.42% vs. industry average at 46.8%. TTM operating margin at 24.42% vs. industry average at 15.96%. TTM pretax margin at 21.35% vs. industry average at 12.86%.

7. HCP, Inc. (HCP): Independent hybrid real estate investment trust. Market cap at $19.72B, most recent closing price at $46.44. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.64%. TTM gross margin at 64.% vs. industry average at 41.76%. TTM operating margin at 64.% vs. industry average at 39.57%. TTM pretax margin at 35.06% vs. industry average at 21.79%.

8. Paychex, Inc. (PAYX): Provides payroll, human resource, and benefits outsourcing solutions for small-to medium-sized businesses in the United States and Germany. Market cap at $11.6B, most recent closing price at $32.78. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.66%. TTM gross margin at 73.85% vs. industry average at 49.5%. TTM operating margin at 38.29% vs. industry average at 28.42%. TTM pretax margin at 38.58% vs. industry average at 27.39%.

9. Monsanto Co. (MON): Provides agricultural products for farmers in the United States and internationally. Market cap at $45.19B, most recent closing price at $85.85. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.98%. TTM gross margin at 56.82% vs. industry average at 37.64%. TTM operating margin at 24.36% vs. industry average at 17.68%. TTM pretax margin at 23.32% vs. industry average at 16.53%.

10. Sigma-Aldrich Corporation (SIAL): Develops, manufactures, purchases, and distributes a range of chemicals, biochemicals, and equipment worldwide. Market cap at $8.13B, most recent closing price at $69.27. Average intra-day volatility over the last month at 1.98%. TTM gross margin at 57.33% vs. industry average at 37.64%. TTM operating margin at 26.08% vs. industry average at 17.68%. TTM pretax margin at 25.45% vs. industry average at 16.53%.

*Profitability data sourced from Fidelity, all other data sourced from Finviz.

Source: 10 Low-Risk S&P 500 Stocks With Greater Profitability Than Peers