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ACI Worldwide

ACI Worldwide develops, markets, installs, and supports a range of software products and solutions primarily focused on facilitating real-time electronic payments. The company's payment capabilities, technologies, and solutions are marketed under the brand name Universal Payments. In addition to its own products, the company distributes, or acts as a sales agent for software developed by third parties. These products and services are used globally by banks, financial intermediaries, and a range of transaction-generating endpoints, including automated teller machines, merchant point-of-sale terminals, bank branches, mobile phones, tablets, corporations, and internet commerce sites.

Advance Auto Parts Inc.

Advance Auto Parts is an automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, serving both professional installers and do-it-yourself customers as well as independently owned operators. The company's stores and branches provide a selection of brand name, original equipment manufacturer and private label automotive replacement parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance items for domestic and imported cars, vans, sport utility vehicles and light and heavy duty trucks. The company operates stores and distribution branches within the U.S., with additional locations in Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands under the trade names Advance Auto Parts, Carquest, Autopart International, and Worldpac.

Ashland Global Holdings Inc

Ashland Global Holdings is engaged in providing specialty chemical solutions to customers in a range of consumer and industrial markets, including adhesives, architectural coatings, construction, energy, food and beverage, nutraceuticals, personal care and pharmaceutical. The company has three segments: Specialty Ingredients, which provdides cellulose ethers, vinyl pyrrolidones and biofunctionals; Composites, which manufactures and sells a range of unsaturated polyester and vinyl ester resins, gelcoats and additives for the reinforced plastics industry; and Intermediates and Solvents, which produces 1,4 butanediol (BDO) and related derivatives, including tetrahydrofuran and n-methylpyrrolidone.


AtriCure is an atrial fibrillation solutions company. The company has two primary product lines for cardiac tissue ablation, comprising Radio Frequency Ablation Devices and cryoICE Cryoablation System; and a product line for left atrial appendage management, AtriClip System. The company also sells enabling technologies including its Lumitip? dissectors, the Fusion Magnetic Retriever System and a line of reusable cardiac surgery (valve) instruments. The Lumitip dissector is used to separate tissues to provide access to main anatomical structures that are targeted for ablation. The Fusion Magnetic Retriever System? allows access around key anatomical structures of the Cobra Fusion Surgical Ablation System?.

Badger Meter

Badger Meter is a manufacturer and marketer of products incorporating flow measurement, control and communication solutions. The company's product lines fall into two categories: sales of water meters and related technologies to municipal water utilities (municipal water), which includes mechanical and ultrasonic (electronic) water meters and related technologies and services used by municipal water utilities; and sales of meters to various industries for water and other fluids (flow instrumentation), which includes meters and valves sold worldwide to measure and control materials flowing through a pipe or pipeline including water, air, steam, oil, and other liquids and gases.

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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.

Canopy Growth

Canopy Growth is a licensed producer of medical marijuana in Canada. The principal activities of Co. are the production and sale of marijuana out of its facility in Smiths Falls, Ontario as regulated by the "Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations".

Centene Corp.

Centene is an insurance holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company is a multi-national healthcare enterprise that provides a portfolio of services to government sponsored and commercial healthcare programs, focusing on under-insured and uninsured individuals. The company operates in two segments: Managed Care, which provides health plan coverage, including Medicaid, the State Children's Health Insurance Program, Long-Term Services and Supports, Foster Care, Medicare-Medicaid Plans, the Supplemental Security Income Program, and the Health Insurance Marketplace; and Specialty Services, which consists of the company's specialty companies providing auxiliary healthcare services and products.

Childrens Place

Children's Place is a children's apparel retailer. The company sells apparel, accessories, footwear, and other items for children. The company designs, contracts to manufacture, sells at retail and wholesale, and licenses to sell merchandise, the substantial majority of which is under the proprietary The Children's Place, Place and Baby Place brand names. The company's merchandise is also available online at The company classifies its business into two segments: The Children's Place U.S. and The Children's Place International.

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Corning Inc.

Corning is a provider of glass. The company's segments are: Display Technologies, which manufactures glass substrates for displays, including organic light-emitting diode and liquid crystal displays that are used in televisions, notebook computers and flat panel desktop monitors; Optical Communications, which consists of carrier network and enterprise network; Specialty Materials, which manufactures products that provide material formulations for glass, glass ceramics and fluoride crystals; Environmental Technologies, which manufactures ceramic substrates and filter products for emissions control in mobile applications; and Life Sciences, which provides consumables, general labware and equipment.

Credicorp Ltd.

CrediCorp is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, Co. is engaged in investing activities. Co. operates primarily through four operating segments: banking, investment banking, insurance, and pension funds. Banking - principally handling loans, credit facilities, deposits and current accounts. Insurance - principally comprising the issue of insurance policies to cover losses in commercial property, transportation, marine vessels, automobile, life, health and pension funds. Pension funds - providing services of private pension fund management to affiliated pensioners. Investment banking - provide investment brokerage and management to a broad and diverse clientele.

Cummins Inc.

Cummins is a diesel engine manufacturer. The company's segments include: Engine, which manufactures and markets a range of diesel and natural gas powered engines; Distribution, which consists of product lines that service and/or distribute the range of the company's products and services; Components, which supplies aftertreatment systems, turbochargers, transmissions, filtration products, electronics and fuel systems for commercial diesel and natural gas applications; Power Systems, which includes power generation, industrial, and generator technologies product lines; and Electrified Power, which designs, manufactures, sells and supports electrified power systems ranging from fully electric to hybrid.

Deckers Outdoor Corp.

Deckers Outdoor is engaged in designing, marketing and distributing footwear, apparel and accessories. The company markets its products primarily under five brands. The UGG brand is comprised of a line of footwear, apparel and accessories for women, men and children. The Teva brand's product line includes sandals, shoes, and boots. Sanuk is a lifestyle footwear brand rooted in Southern California surf culture and includes a range of footwear. Other brands consist of Hoka, a line of running footwear and apparel and Koolaburra, a line of fashion casual footwear using sheepskin and other plush materials. The company's retail stores are primarily UGG brand concept and UGG brand outlet stores.

Domino's Pizza Inc.

Domino's Pizza is involved in the: retail sales of food through the company-owned Domino's Pizza stores; sales of food, equipment and supplies to the company-owned and franchised Domino's Pizza stores; and receipt of royalties and fees from domestic and international Domino's Pizza franchisees. The company's menu features pizza products with varying sizes and crust types. The company's typical store also provides oven-baked sandwiches, pasta, boneless chicken and wings, bread side items, desserts and soft drink products. International markets vary toppings by country and culture, such as squid topping in Japan, and feature regional specialty items, such as a banana and cinnamon dessert pizza in Brazil.

Domtar Corp

Domtar is engaged in designing, manufacturing, marketing and distributing a range of fiber-based products including communication papers, specialty and packaging papers and absorbent hygiene products. The company is also a marketer and producer of a broad line of incontinence care products as well as infant diapers. The company operates the following business segments: Pulp and Paper, which consists of the design, manufacturing, marketing and distribution of communication, specialty and packaging papers, as well as softwood, fluff and hardwood market pulp; and Personal Care, which consists of the design, manufacturing, marketing and distribution of absorbent hygiene products.

E*TRADE Financial Corp.

E*TRADE Financial is a financial services company that provides brokerage and related products and services. The company also provides investor-focused banking products, primarily sweep deposits, to retail investors. The company's core brokerage business is organized into three product areas: Trading, Investing and Corporate Services. Additionally, the company provides banking and cash management capabilities, including Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation-insured deposit accounts, which are fully integrated into customer brokerage accounts. Among other features, customers have access to debit cards with ATM fee refunds, online and mobile bill pay, mobile check deposits and Apple Pay.


Etsy provides a range of Seller Services and tools that are specifically designed to help creative entrepreneurs start, manage and scale their businesses. The company's Seller Services is comprised of four paid services: Etsy Payments, its payment processing service; Promoted Listings, its on-site advertising service that allows sellers to pay for prominent placement of their listings in search results; Shipping Labels, which allows sellers in the U.S. and Canada to purchase discounted shipping labels; and Pattern by Etsy, a service that allows sellers to build custom websites.

First Bancorp (Puerto Rico)

First BanCorp is a financial holding company that provides a range of financial services for retail, commercial and institutional clients. The company controls two subsidiaries: FirstBank Puerto Rico (FirstBank) and FirstBank Insurance Agency, Inc. (FirstBank Insurance Agency). FirstBank is a Puerto Rico-chartered commercial bank, and FirstBank Insurance Agency is a Puerto Rico-chartered insurance agency. At Dec 31 2017, the company had six reportable segments: Commercial and Corporate Banking; Consumer (Retail) Banking; Mortgage Banking; Treasury and Investments; U.S. Operations; and Virgin Islands Operations. At Dec 31 2017, the company had total assets of US$12.26 billion and total deposits of US$9.02 billion.

Hawaiian Holdings

Hawaiian Holdings is a holding company. Through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Hawaiian Airlines, Inc., the company is engaged in the scheduled air transportation of passengers and cargo amongst the Hawaiian Islands (the Neighbor Island routes), between the Hawaiian Islands and certain cities in the U.S. (the North America routes, together with the Neighbor Island routes, the Domestic routes), and between the Hawaiian Islands and the South Pacific, Australia, New Zealand and Asia (the International routes). The company provides non-stop service to Hawai'i from various U.S. gateway cities, and also provides daily flights between the Hawaiian Islands. In addition, the company operates various charter flights.

Kemper Corp

Kemper is an insurance holding company, with subsidiaries that provide automobile, homeowners, life, health, and other insurance products to individuals and businesses. The company conducts its operations through two operating segments: Property and Casualty Insurance and Life and Health Insurance. The Property and Casualty Insurance segment's principal products are personal automobile insurance, both preferred and nonstandard, homeowners insurance, other personal insurance and commercial automobile insurance. The Life and Health Insurance segment's principal products are individual life, accident, health and property insurance. The company conducts its operations solely in the U.S.

LiveRamp Holdings Inc

LiveRamp Holdings provides the identity platform utilized by brands and their partners to deliver products. IdentityLink? is the company's software-as-a-service identity platform that connects people, data, and devices across the physical and digital world, providing privacy-compliant, people-based marketing that allows consumers to connect with brands and products. Utilizing the company's identity graph, IdentityLink first resolves a client's data (first-, second-, or third-party) to consumer identifiers that represent real people in a way that protects consumer privacy.

Mack-Cali Realty Corp.

Mack-Cali Realty is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust that owns and operates a real estate portfolio comprised primarily of Class A office and office/flex properties located primarily in the Northeast. The company operates in two business segments: commercial and other real estate and multi-family real estate and services. The company provides leasing, property management, acquisition, development, construction and tenant-related services for its commercial and other real estate and multi-family real estate portfolio. The company's multi-family services business also provides similar services for third parties.

Madison Square Garden

Madison Square Garden is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company is engaged in the sports and entertainment business. The company is comprised of two business segments: MSG Entertainment and MSG Sport. MSG Entertainment presents or hosts live entertainment events, including concerts, family shows, performing arts and special events, in the company's collection of venues. MSG Entertainment also creates, produces and/or presents live productions, including the Christmas Spectacular, which features the Rockettes. MSG Sports owns and operates sports franchises, including the New York Knicks and the New York Rangers.

Meredith Corp.

Meredith is a media company. The company is engaged in providing consumers with content and delivering the messages of its advertising and marketing partners. The company operates two business segments: national media and local media. The company's national media segment includes national consumer media brands delivered via multiple media platforms including print magazines, digital and mobile media, brand licensing activities, database-related activities, affinity marketing, and business-to-business marketing products and services. The company's local media segment consists of television stations located across the U.S. in markets with related digital and mobile media assets.

Mettler-Toledo International Inc.

Mettler-Toledo International is a supplier of precision instruments and services. The company manufactures weighing instruments for use in laboratory, industrial, packaging, logistics, and food retailing applications. The company also manufactures several related analytical instruments and provides automated chemistry solutions used in drug and chemical compound discovery and development. In addition, the company manufactures metal detection and other end-of-line inspection systems used in production and packaging and provides solutions for use in certain process analytics applications. The company has five segments: U.S. Operations, Swiss Operations, Western European Operations, Chinese Operations, and Other.

NuCor Corp.

Nucor manufactures steel and steel products. The company's operations include international trading and sales companies that buy and sell steel and steel products. The company's segments are: steel mills, which produces sheet steel, plate steel, and structural steel, and bar steel; steel products, which produces hollow structural section steel tubing, electrical conduit, steel joists and joist girders, steel deck, cold finished steel, steel fasteners, metal building systems, and wire and wire mesh; and raw materials, which produces direct reduced iron (DRI), brokers ferrous and nonferrous metals, pig iron, hot briquetted iron and DRI, supplies ferro-alloys, and processes ferrous and nonferrous scrap metal.

Palo Alto Networks

Palo Alto Networks provides a platform that allows enterprises, service providers, and government entities to secure their organizations. The company's product, subscription, and support offerings include: Firewall Appliances and Software, which is designed for different performance requirements throughout an organization; Panorama, which is a centralized security management solution; Virtual System Upgrades, which supports multiple distinct security policies and administrative access; Subscription Offerings, which includes threat prevention subscription and magnifier subscription; Support, which includes Standard Support, Premium Support, and four-hour Premium Support; and Services.

PerkinElmer Inc.

PerkinElmer is a provider of products, services and solutions to the diagnostics, life sciences and applied markets. The principal products and services of the company's two operating segments are: Diagnostics, which develops diagnostics, tools and applications focused on clinically-oriented customers, particularly within the reproductive health, market diagnostics and applied genomics markets; and Discovery & Analytical Solutions, which provides products and services targeted towards the life sciences and applied markets.

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Post Holdings

Post Holdings is a consumer packaged goods holding company. The company operates in five segments: Post Consumer Brands segment, which manufactures, markets and sells branded and private label ready-to-eat (RTE) cereal and hot cereal products; Weetabix, which primarily markets and distributes branded and private label RTE cereal products; Refrigerated Food, which produces and/or distributes egg products, sausage, side dishes, cheese and other refrigerated products; Active Nutrition, which markets and distributes beverages, bars, powders and other nutritional supplements; and Private Brands, which manufactures and distributes private label peanut and other nut butters, dried fruit and nuts.

Qiagen N.V.

Qiagen is provider of Sample to Insight solutions to transform biological materials into valuable molecular insights. Co.'s sample technologies process DNA, RNA and proteins from blood, tissue and other materials. Assay technologies make these biomolecules visible and ready for analysis. Bioinformatics software interprets data. Automation solutions unite these together in molecular testing workflows. Co. provides these workflows to four classes: Molecular Diagnostics (human healthcare), Applied Testing (forensics, veterinary testing and food safety), Pharma (pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies) and Academia (life sciences research). Co. markets its products in more than 130 countries.

Reate Pharmaceuticals

Reata Pharmaceuticals is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing therapeutics. The company's key product candidates, bardoxolone methyl and omaveloxolone, activate the transcription factor Nrf2 to restore mitochondrial function, reduce oxidative stress, and resolve inflammation. The company is developing bardoxolone methyl for the treatment of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) caused by Alport syndrome and four additional rare forms of CKD. The company is developing omaveloxolone for the treatment of patients with Friedreich's ataxia, an inherited, debilitating, and degenerative neuromuscular disorder, caused by mutations in the gene for frataxin.


REGENXBIO is a clinical-stage biotechnology company. The company's product candidates include: RGX-314, which is for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration, a main cause of total and partial vision loss in the U.S., Europe and Japan; RGX-501, which is being developed for the treatment of homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia; RGX-111, which is being developed for the treatment of the neurological symptoms of Mucopolysaccharidosis Type I; and RGX-121, which is being developed for the treatment of the neurological symptoms of Mucopolysaccharidosis Type II.

Sarepta Therapeutics

Sarepta Therapeutics is a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of ribonucleic acid-targeted therapeutics for the treatment of neuromuscular diseases. The company is focused on advancing the development of its pipeline of drug candidates targeting Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). The company's commercial product, EXONDYS 51? (eteplirsen) Injection is indicated for the treatment of DMD in patients who have a confirmed mutation of the DMD gene that is amenable to exon 51 skipping. In addition to EXONDYS 51, the company's DMD pipeline includes other product candidates, such as Exon 53 and Exon 45, which are at various stages of development.

Scansource Inc.

ScanSource is a provider of technology products and solutions. The company's segments include: Worldwide Barcode, Networking & Security, which provides solutions including enterprise mobile computing, data capture, barcode printing, Point Of Sales, payments, networking, electronic physical security, cyber security and other technologies; and Worldwide Communications & Services, which provides communications technologies and services for voice, video conferencing, wireless, data networking, cyber security, cable, unified communications and collaboration, cloud and technology services. The company operates in the U.S., Canada, Latin America and Europe.

TD Ameritrade Holding

TD Ameritrade Holding is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company is a provider of securities brokerage services and related technology-based financial services to retail clients and independent registered investment advisors. The products and services available to the company's clients include: common and preferred stock, Exchange-Traded Funds, options, futures, foreign exchange, mutual funds, fixed income, new and secondary issue securities, margin lending, cash management services, and annuities. The company provides the client service and support through the following means: websites, branches, email, telephone, TTY services for the hearing impaired, and mobile app.

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Teradata is a provider of analytic data solutions and services. The company's analytic data solutions comprise software, hardware, and related business consulting and support services for analytics across a company's entire analytical ecosystem. The company help customers access and manage data and use analytics to extract business value and insight from their data. The company's consulting services include a range of offerings, including consulting to help organizations establish an analytic vision, to enable an analytical ecosystem architecture and to ensure value delivery of their analytical infrastructure, among other things.


Texas Roadhouse

Texas Roadhouse is a restaurant company operating primarily in the casual dining segment. The company operates Texas Roadhouse restaurants and Bubba's 33 restaurants. In addition, the company operates restaurants outside of the casual dining segment. The Texas Roadhouse restaurants provide an assortment of steaks hand-cut on the premises and cooked to order over open grills. In addition to steaks, the company also provides its guests a selection of ribs, seafood, chicken, pork chops, pulled pork and vegetable plates, salads and sandwiches. Bubba's 33 is a sports restaurant. The company's menu features burgers, pizza and wings as well as a variety of appetizers, sandwiches and dinner entrees.

Trinity Industries Inc.

Trinity Industries is an industrial company that owns a range of businesses providing products and services to the energy, chemical, agriculture, transportation, and construction sectors. The company manufactures and sells a variety of products and services principally including: railcars and railcar parts; parts and steel components; the leasing, management, and maintenance of railcars; highway products; construction aggregates; inland barges; structural wind towers; and trench shields and shoring products. The company serves its customers through five business groups: Rail Group, Railcar Leasing and Management Services Group, Construction Products Group, Inland Barge Group, and Energy Equipment Group.

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