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With interest rates hikes causing global share prices to tumble, investors are searching for other options. One potential option is low volatility companies, which are companies with share prices that move up and down less than average. And indeed, low volatility indexes have outperformed the past six months in the United States, where interest rates have started to climb. Below we look at the top 5 US low volatility stocks. They each feature in the ETFS S&P 500 High Yield Low Volatility ETF (ASX Code: ZYUS). Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) Lockheed is perhaps the most famous name in US defence. Lockheed makes fighter jets like the F-35 and the F-21, as well as an array of missile and defence systems. As may be expected of a defence company, almost all of Lockheed’s revenue comes from selling things to governemnts. Half of its revenue comes from the US Department of Defense alone. As Lockheed’s client base is governments, and defence-related, it tends to be shielded to a large extent from economic cycles. Lockheed has also been a beneficiary of Russian aggression in Ukraine, as governments worldwide increase defence spending. ...
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The US tech giants – Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google, Microsoft, Apple, Nvidia, Tesla (FANGMANT) – have been the engine room on the stock market the past 10 years. Thanks to swelling earnings and margins, these companies have marched ever higher and carried the global share market with them. In 2021 the S&P 500 returned 28.7%. Yet FANGMANT, which takes 27% of the S&P's weight, generated a 40% return. Excluding the FANGMANT, the return of the S&P would have been a lower 24.9%. FANGT Stocks Have Fallen ...