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Vital Signs: Actionable charts

Key Points:
• Many Media related names are topside major bases and remains leadership. (ex. OMC,

• Auto Dealerships are showing significant strength. (ex. SAH, LAD, AN,and GPI)

• Credit Card companies are staging price and RS reversals (ex. COF, and DFS)

• Education stocks remains leadership and are building bases. (ex APEI, STRA, and
Abercrombie & Fitch Co.

Abercrombie & Fitch, through its subsidiaries, is a retailer, which primarily sells its products through its wholly-owned store and direct-to-consumer channels, as well as through various third-party wholesale, franchise and licensing arrangements. The company provides an assortment of apparel, personal care products and accessories for men, women and kids under the Hollister, Abercrombie & Fitch and abercrombie kids brands. The company has two segments: Hollister and Abercrombie, the latter of which includes the company's Abercrombie & Fitch and abercrombie kids brands. The company has operations in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

American Public Education

American Public Education is a provider of online and on-campus postsecondary education. The company provides online postsecondary education directed primarily at the needs of the military and public safety communities through American Public University System, Inc., an online university that includes American Military University and American Public University. The company provides on-campus nursing education to students in Ohio through National Education Seminars, Inc., which it refers to as Hondros College of Nursing (HCON). HCON operates campuses in the State of Ohio, as well as an online RN-to-BSN Program, to serve the needs of the nursing and healthcare communities.

AutoNation Inc.

AutoNation, through its subsidiaries, is an automotive retailer. The company provides a range of automotive products and services, including new vehicles, used vehicles, parts and service, which includes automotive repair and maintenance services as well as wholesale parts and collision businesses, and automotive finance and insurance products, which include vehicle service and other protection products, and the arranging of financing for vehicle purchases through third-party finance sources.Co. owns and operates new vehicle franchises from stores located in the U.S., predominantly in main metropolitan markets in the Sunbelt region. The company has three segments: Domestic, Import, and Premium Luxury.

BorgWarner Inc.

BorgWarner is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company is a global product provider in technology solutions for combustion, hybrid and electric vehicles. The company manufactures and sells these products worldwide, primarily to original equipment manufacturers of light vehicles (passenger cars, sport-utility vehicles, vans and light trucks). The company's segments are: Engine, which provides turbochargers, eBoosters, timing systems, emissions systems, thermal systems, gasoline ignition technology, cabin heaters, battery heaters and battery charging; and Drivetrain, which provides rotating electrical components, power electronics, clutching systems, control modules and all-wheel drive systems.

Capital One Financial Corp.

Capital One Financial is a financial services holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides an array of financial products and services. The company's segments are: Credit Card, which consists of the company's domestic consumer and small business card lending, and international card businesses in Canada and the U.K.; Consumer Banking, which consists of the company's branch-based deposit gathering and lending activities for consumers and small businesses, national deposit gathering and national auto lending; and Commercial Banking, which consists of the company's lending, deposit gathering, capital markets and treasury management services to commercial real estate and commercial and industrial customers.

Career Education Corp.

Career Education's academic institutions provide education to students in a variety of disciplines through online, campus-based and blended learning programs. The company's reporting segments are: Colorado Technical University, which provides industry-relevant degree programs and academic programs in the career-oriented disciplines of business studies, nursing, computer science, engineering, information systems and technology, cybersecurity and healthcare management; and American InterContinental University, which helps personnel get the degree and provides academic programs in the career-oriented disciplines of business studies, information technologies, education and criminal justice.

Churchill Downs Inc.

Churchill Downs is a racing, gaming and online entertainment company. The company's segments include: Racing, which includes Churchill Downs Racetrack, Arlington International Race Course, Fair Grounds Race Course and Calder Race Course racetracks; Casinos, which provides casino gaming; TwinSpires, which includes Fair Grounds Account Wagering, Velocity, and Bloodstock Research Information Services; and Other Investments, which include United Tote Company and United Tote Canada that manufactures and operates pari-mutuel wagering systems for racetracks, off-track betting facilities and other pari-mutuel wagering businesses.

Cypress Semiconductor Corp.

Cypress Semiconductor manufactures and sells embedded system solutions for automotive, industrial, home automation and appliances, consumer electronics and medical products. The company operates under two reportable business segments: Microcontroller and Connectivity Division, which focuses on microcontroller (MCU), analog and wireless and wired connectivity solutions and includes Traveo? automotive MCUs, PSoC? programmable MCUs and among others; and Memory Products Division, which focuses on parallel and serial NOR flash memories, NAND flash memories, static random access memory (SRAM), F-RAM? ferroelectric memory devices, non-volatile SRAM, and other memories and timing solutions.

Discover Financial Services

Discover Financial Services is a bank holding, as well as a financial holding company. The company manages its business activities in two segments: Direct Banking, which includes consumer banking and lending products, specifically Discover-branded credit cards issued to individuals on the Discover Network and other consumer banking products and services, including student loans, personal loans, home equity loans, and deposit products; and Payment Services, which includes the PULSE network, Diners Club International and its Network Partners business, which provides payment transaction processing and settlement services on the Discover Network.

Discovery Inc Series A

Discovery, through its subsidiaries, is a media company that provides content across distribution platforms, including pay-television, free-to-air and broadcast, other digital distribution platforms and content licensing agreements. The company's portfolio of networks includes nonfiction television brands such as Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, and Investigation Discovery. The company's portfolio includes Eurosport, a sports entertainment provider. The company classifies its operations in two segments: U.S. Networks, consisting of domestic television networks and digital content services, and International Networks, consisting of international television network brands and digital content services.

Enova International

Enova International is a technology and analytics company focused on providing online financial services. As of Dec 31 2017, the company provided or arranged loans to consumers under the names CashNetUSA and NetCredit in 33 states in the U.S., under the names QuickQuid, Pounds to Pocket and On Stride Financial in the U.K., and under the name Simplic in Brazil. The company also provided financing to small businesses in all 50 states and Washington D.C. in the U.S. under the names Headway Capital and The Business Backer. The company originates, arranges, guarantees or purchases short-term consumer loans, line of credit accounts, installment loans and receivables purchase agreements.

Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor designs, manufactures, markets, and services a line of Ford cars, trucks, sport utility vehicles, electrified vehicles, and Lincoln luxury vehicles, provides financial services through its subsidiary, Ford Motor Credit Company LLC (Ford Credit), and is engaged in electrification, autonomous vehicles, and mobility solutions. The company has three segments: Automotive, which includes the sale of Ford and Lincoln vehicles, service parts, and accessories worldwide; Mobility, which includes its subsidiary, Ford Smart Mobility LLC and its autonomous vehicles business; and Ford Credit, which is comprised of vehicle-related financing and leasing activities.

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Group 1 Automotive Inc.

Group 1 Automotive is an operator in the automotive retail industry. Through the company's dealerships, it sells new and used cars and light trucks; arranges related vehicle financing; sells service and other insurance contracts; provides automotive maintenance and repair services; and sells vehicle parts. The company's operations are primarily located in key metropolitan areas in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas in the U.S., in towns of the U.K. and in key metropolitan markets in the states of Sao Paulo, Parana, Mato Grosso do Sul and Santa Catarina in Brazil.

Helen of Troy Corp.

Helen of Troy is a designer, developer, importer, marketer, and distributor of a portfolio of brand-name consumer products. The company has three segments: Housewares, which include food preparation tools and storage containers; cleaning, bath and garden tools and accessories; infant and toddler care products; and insulated beverage and food containers; Health and Home, which focuses on healthcare devices such as thermometers, humidifiers, blood pressure monitors, and heating pads; and Beauty, which include electric hair care, beauty care and wellness appliances; grooming tools and accessories; and liquid-, solid- and powder-based personal care and grooming products.

Hershey Foods Corp.

Hershey is engaged in the production of chocolate and non-chocolate confectionery. The company's segments are: North America, which is responsible for the company's chocolate and non-chocolate confectionery market position, as well as its grocery and snacks market positions, in the U.S. and Canada; and International and Other, in which the company has operations and manufactures product in China, Mexico, Brazil, India and Malaysia, and also distributes and sells confectionery products in export markets of Asia, Latin America, Middle East, Europe, Africa and other regions. The company's product offerings include chocolate and non-chocolate confectionery products, gum and mint refreshment products, pantry and snack items.

LCI Industries

LCI Industries is a supplier of components for the original equipment manufacturers of recreational vehicles and adjacent industries. The company's products include steel chassis and related components; axles and suspension solutions; slide-out mechanisms and solutions; thermoformed bath, kitchen and other products; vinyl, aluminum and frameless windows; manual, electric and hydraulic stabilizer and leveling systems; entry, luggage, patio and ramp doors; furniture and mattresses; electric and manual entry steps; awnings and awning accessories; electronic components; appliances; televisions and sound systems; navigation systems; backup cameras; and other accessories.


LendingTree operates online loan marketplace. The company's online marketplace provides consumers with access to product offerings, including mortgage loans, home equity loans and lines of credit, reverse mortgage loans, auto loans, credit cards, deposit accounts, personal loans, student loans, small business loans and other related offerings. The company also provides tools and resources, including free credit scores, that facilitate comparison shopping for these loans and other credit-based offerings. The company has two product categories: mortgage products, which include purchase and refinance products; and non-mortgage products, which include credit cards, personal loans, and home equity, among others.

Lithia Motors Inc. Cl A

Lithia Motors is an automotive retailer in the U.S. The company operates in three segments: Domestic, which is comprised of retail automotive franchises that sell new vehicles manufactured by Chrysler, General Motors and Ford; Import, which is comprised of retail automotive franchises that sell new vehicles manufactured primarily by Honda, Toyota, Subaru, Nissan and Volkswagen; and Luxury, which is comprised of retail automotive franchises that sell new vehicles manufactured primarily by BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Lexus. The franchises in each segment also sell used vehicles, parts and automotive services, and automotive finance and insurance products.

Magellan Health

Magellan Health is engaged in the healthcare management business and focused on delivering solutions for the areas of health, including pharmacy benefits, and other areas of healthcare. The company provides services to health plans and other managed care organizations, governmental agencies and third-party administrators. The company operates following segments: Healthcare, which it provides management services for behavioral health, employee assistance plans, and other areas of healthcare to Commercial and Government units; and Pharmacy Management is comprised of products and solutions that provide clinical and financial management of pharmaceuticals paid under both the medical and pharmacy benefit.

Manhattan Associates Inc.

Manhattan Associates is a developer and provider of supply chain commerce solutions. The company's solutions consist of software, services, and hardware, which coordinate people, workflows, assets, events, and tasks across the functions linked in a supply chain from planning through execution. These solutions also coordinate the actions, data exchange, and communication of participants in supply chain ecosystems, such as manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, trading partners, transportation providers, channels (such as catalogers, store retailers, and Web outlets), and consumers. The company's operations are in North and South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and the Asia Pacific region.

Meta Financial Group

Meta Financial Group is a unitary savings and loan holding company. Through its subsidiary, MetaBank (the Bank), the company is accepting deposits and investing those funds in its National Lending and Community Banking loan and lease portfolios. In addition to originating loans and leases, the Bank also occasionally contracts to sell loans, such as tax refund advance loans and government guaranteed loans, to third party buyers. The Bank also sells and purchases loan participations from time to time to and from other financial institutions, as well as mortgage-backed securities and other investments permissible under applicable regulations.

Omnicom Group Inc.

Omnicom Group is a holding company, engaged in providing advertising, marketing and corporate communications services. The company's networks and agencies provide a range of services in the following fundamental disciplines: advertising, customer relationship management, public relations and healthcare. Service offerings includes: advertising, branding, content marketing, corporate social responsibility consulting, crisis communications, custom publishing, data analytics, database management, digital/direct marketing, digital transformation, entertainment marketing, experiential marketing, field marketing, investor relations, marketing research, among others.

Piper Jaffray Cos.

Piper Jaffray is an investment bank and asset management firm. The company provides a range of products and services, including equity and debt capital markets products; public finance services; financial advisory services; equity research and institutional brokerage; fixed income institutional brokerage; and asset management services. The company operates through two reportable business segments: Capital Markets, which provides investment banking and institutional sales, trading and research services for various equity and fixed income products; and Asset Management, which includes the company's asset management business and its investments in registered funds and private funds or partnerships that the company manages.

Principal Financial Group Inc.

Principal Financial Group is an insurance holding company, which is engaged in investment management. The company provides businesses, individuals and institutional clients a range of financial products and services, including retirement, asset management and insurance through its financial services companies. The company provides long-term investment services to institutional, retirement, high net worth and retail clients by providing a range of capabilities including equity, fixed income, real estate and other alternative investments, as well as fund offerings. The company's segments include: retirement and income solutions; principal global investors; principal international; and U.S. insurance solutions.

Repligen Corp.

Repligen is a bioprocessing company focused on the development, manufacture and commercialization of products used to improve the interconnected phases of the biological drug manufacturing process. The company's portfolio includes protein products (Protein A affinity ligands, cell culture growth factors), chromatography products (OPUS pre-packed columns, chromatography resins, ELISA kits), and filtration products (XCell ATF Systems, Sius? tangential flow filtration cassettes). The company's bioprocessing products are sold to life sciences companies and others. The Protein A ligands and growth factor products that the company manufactures are components of chromatography resins and cell culture media, respectively.

Sonic Automotive Inc. Cl A

Sonic Automotive is an automotive retailer in the U.S. The company operates in two segments: Franchised Dealerships Segment; and the Pre-Owned Stores. The Franchised Dealerships Segment is comprised of retail automotive franchises that sell new vehicles and buy and sell used vehicles, sell replacement parts, perform vehicle repair and maintenance services, and arrange finance and insurance products. The Pre-Owned Stores Segment is comprised of stand-alone pre-owned vehicle specialty retail locations that provide customers an opportunity to search, buy, service, finance and sell pre-owned vehicles. The Pre-Owned Stores Segment includes the company's EchoPark stores.

Strategic Education

Strategic Education is an education services holding company. The company provides a range of post-secondary education and other academic programs through two subsidiaries, Strayer University (the University) and the New York Code and Design Academy (NYCDA). The University provides undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business administration, accounting, information technology, education, health services administration, nursing, public administration, and criminal justice at physical campuses, primarily located in the eastern U.S., and online. NYCDA provides non-degree courses in web and application software development, primarily at its campuses in New York City and in Philadelphia, PA.

VeriSign Inc.

Verisign provides domain name registry services and internet infrastructure, enabling internet navigation for domain names (Registry Services). Registry Services operates the authoritative directory of the back-end systems for all .com, .net, .cc, .tv, .gov, .jobs, .edu and .name domain names, among others. The company is the registry of domain names within the .com, .net, and .name generic top-level domains, among others, under agreements with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers and also, with respect to the .com agreement, the U.S. Department of Commerce. Security Services comprise of Distributed Denial of Service Protection Services and Managed Domain Name System Services.

Washington Federal Inc.

Washington Federal is a bank holding company. Through its subsidiary, Washington Federal, National Association, the company's business consists primarily of accepting deposits from the general public and investing these funds in loans of various types, including first lien mortgages on single-family dwellings, construction loans, land acquisition and development loans, loans on multi-family, commercial real estate and other income producing properties, home equity loans and business loans. The company also invests in certain U.S. government and agency obligations and other investments. Through its subsidiaries, the company is also engaged in insurance brokerage activities.

Western Union

Western Union is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company is engaged in money movement and payment services, providing people and businesses with ways to send money and make payments around the world. The company's segments are: Consumer-to-Consumer, which is focused on individual money transfers from one consumer to another; and Business Solutions, in which the company facilitates payment and foreign exchange solutions, primarily cross-border, cross-currency transactions, for small and medium size enterprises and other organizations and individuals. The company's remaining businesses and services include its electronic-based and cash-based bill payment services and money order services.

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