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Vermilion Booster Shots: Attractive bottom-fishing stocks

For investors looking for bottom-fishing candidates; stocks that are breaking downtrends, exhibiting ascending reaction lows, and showing stabilizing relative strength.
Adtran Inc.

ADTRAN is a provider of networking and communications equipment. The company's solutions enable voice, data, video and Internet communications across a variety of network infrastructures. These solutions are deployed by communications service providers, distributed enterprises and small and medium-sized businesses, public and private enterprises, and individual users worldwide. The company operates in two segments: Network Solutions, which provides software and hardware product, supporting fiber- and copper-based infrastructures and wireless; and Services and Support, which provides a range of maintenance, turnkey network implementation, maintenance, solutions integration and managed services.

Alexander's Inc.

Alexander's is a real estate investment trust engaged in leasing, managing, developing and redeveloping its properties. The company is managed by, and its properties are leased and developed by, Vornado Realty Trust. As of Dec 31 2017, the company had seven properties in the greater New York City metropolitan area.

Allegiant Travel

Allegiant Travel is a travel company. The company's travel services and products include: scheduled service air transportation, which provides scheduled air transportation on limited-frequency, nonstop flights between cities and destinations; air-related ancillary products and services, which include customer convenience fee, baggage fees, advance seat assignments, and the company's own travel protection product; third party ancillary products and services, which provide hotel rooms, ground transportation and attractions for sale to its passengers; and fixed fee contract air transportation, which provides air transportation through fixed fee agreements and charter service on a year-round and ad-hoc basis.

Allstate Corp.

Allstate is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company is engaged in the property and casualty insurance business in the U.S. and Canada. The company's segments include: Allstate Protection, which provides private passenger auto, homeowners, other personal lines and commercial insurance; Service Businesses, which includes SquareTrade that provides consumer protection plans and related technical support; Allstate Life, which provides interest-sensitive and variable life insurance products, as well as distributes non-proprietary retirement products; and Allstate Benefits, which provides voluntary benefits products, including life, accident, critical illness, and other health insurance products.

Ameriprise Financial

Ameriprise Financial is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides a range of products and services to individual and institutional clients. The company has the following segments: Advice and Wealth Management, which provides financial planning and advice, as well as brokerage services, primarily to retail clients through its financial advisors; Asset Management, which provides investment management and advice and investment products to clients through its subsidiaries; Annuities, which provides RiverSource variable and fixed annuity products to individual clients; and Protection, which provides a variety of products including life, disability income and property casualty insurance.


Athenex is a biopharmaceutical company, focused in the discovery, development and commercialization of therapies for the treatment of cancer. The company is focused on Orascovery platform, an oral anti-cancer drugs for cancer treatments. The company's Orascovery platform is based on the novel P-gp pump inhibitor molecule HM30181A. Oraxol, the company's Orascovery drug candidate is composed of HM30181A co-administered with an oral dosage form of paclitaxel. The company also has three other clinical product candidates in this platform, Oratecan, Oradoxel and Oratopo, which include HM30181A co-administered with an oral formulation of IV-administered chemotherapeutic agents, irinotecan, docetaxel and topotecan, respectively.

Blackrock Inc

BlackRock is an investment management firm. The company provides a range of investment and technology services to institutional and retail clients worldwide. Products are provided directly and through intermediaries in a variety of vehicles, including open-end and closed-end mutual funds, iShares? exchange-traded funds, separate accounts, collective investment trusts and other pooled investment vehicles. The company also provides technology services, including the investment and risk management technology platform, Aladdin?, Aladdin Wealth, Cachematrix and FutureAdvisor, as well as advisory services and solutions to a base of institutional and wealth management clients.

Builders FirstSource Inc.

Builders FirstSource is a supplier and manufacturer of building materials, manufactured components and construction services to homebuilders, sub-contractors, remodelers and consumers. The company provides a solution to its customers providing manufacturing, supply and installation of structural and related building products. The company's manufactured products include its factory-built roof and floor trusses, wall panels and stairs and vinyl windows. The company also assembles interior and exterior doors into pre-hung units. Additionally, the company supplies its customers with building products not manufactured by the company, such as dimensional lumber and lumber sheet goods and various window, door and millwork lines.

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.

Carbon Black

Carbon Black is a provider of next-generation endpoint security solutions. The company's predictive security cloud platform continuously captures, records and analyzes rich, unfiltered endpoint data. The company's solutions enable customers to predict, prevent, detect, respond to and remediate cyber attacks before they cause a damaging incident or data breach.

Cboe Global Markets

Cboe Global Markets is an exchange holding company. The company provides trading across a diverse range of products in multiple asset classes and geographies, including options, futures, U.S. and European equities, exchange-traded products, global foreign exchange and multi-asset volatility products based on the VIX Index. The company operates in five segments: Options, U.S. Equities, Futures, European Equities and Global FX. The company also provides trading in products and licenses based on its proprietary indexes and index methodologies, including volatility index products based on various broad-based market indexes, volatility indexes based on ETFs and individual stocks and options strategy benchmarks.

Chimerix Inc

Chimerix is a biopharmaceutical company committed to discovering, developing and commercializing medicines that improve outcomes for immunocompromised patients. The company's main compound, Brincidofovir is an investigational nucleoside analog that has antiviral activity in vitro against all five families of double-stranded deoxyribonucleic acid viruses that cause human disease. Potential indications for brincidofovir include prevention of serious viral infections in hematopoietic or stem cell transplant recipients (HCT), treatment of serious adenoviruses infection and disease, treatment of smallpox, and treatment of BK virus infection in kidney and HCT transplant recipients.

Chuy's Holdings Inc

Chuy's Holdings operates Chuy's, a restaurant concept that provides Mexican and Tex Mex inspired food. The company provides the same menu during lunch and dinner, which includes enchiladas, fajitas, rellenos, tacos, burritos, combination platters and daily specials, complemented by a variety of appetizers, soups and salads. Each of the company's restaurants also provide a variety of sauces, including the Hatch green chile, Boom-Boom and creamy jalapeno sauces. The company also provides a bar in all of its restaurants providing its customers a range of beverage offerings, including its on-the-rocks margaritas made with lime juice. As of Dec 31 2017, the company operated 91 Chuy's restaurants across 19 states.

Citigroup Inc.

Citigroup is a financial services holding company whose businesses provide consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, trade and securities services and wealth management. The company operates via two primary business segments: Global Consumer Banking, which provides banking services to retail customers through retail banking, including commercial banking, and Citi-branded cards and Citi retail services; and Institutional Clients Group, which includes banking and markets and securities services.

CNA Financial Corp.

CNA Financial is an insurance holding company. The company's insurance products primarily include commercial property and casualty coverages, including surety. The company's services include risk management, information services, warranty and claims administration. The company's products and services are primarily marketed through independent agents, brokers and managing general underwriters to a variety of customers. The company's core business, commercial property and casualty insurance operations, is reported in three business segments: Specialty, Commercial and International. The company's non-core businesses are reported in two business segments: Life & Group and Corporate & Other.

Constellation Brands Inc. Cl A

Constellation Brands is an international beverage alcohol company. The company is a producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits with operations in the U.S., Mexico, New Zealand, Italy and Canada. The company has two segments: Beer, in which the company is engaged in the U.S. beer market that includes the imported, craft, domestic super premium, and alternative beverage alcohol categories and it has the right to import, market and sell these Mexican beer brands in the U.S.; and Wine and Spirits, in which its wine portfolio is supported by grapes purchased from independent growers, primarily in the U.S., New Zealand and Chile, and vineyard holdings in the U.S., New Zealand and Italy.

Del Taco Restaurants

Del Taco Restaurants is an operator and franchisor of restaurants featuring made-to-order cuisine, including both Mexican inspired and American classic dishes. The company's menu provides a combination of Mexican-inspired food, such as tacos and burritos, and American classics, such as Double Del cheeseburgers, crinkle-cut fries and milkshakes. Additionally, the company's menu features both items such as its Platos plated meals, Epic Burritos?, Handcrafted Ensaladas, Fresca Bowls and items on its Buck & Under Menu?. As of Jan 2 2018, the company had 564 Del Taco restaurants, a majority of these in the Pacific Southwest, which are located in 14 states throughout the U.S., including one franchise located in Guam.

Diamondback Energy

Diamondback Energy is an independent oil and natural gas company focused on the acquisition, development, exploration and exploitation of unconventional, onshore oil and natural gas reserves in the Permian Basin in West Texas. The company's activities are primarily focused on horizontal development of the Spraberry and Wolfcamp formations of the Midland Basin and the Wolfcamp and Bone Spring formations of the Delaware Basin, both of which are part of the Permian Basin in West Texas and New Mexico.

Dish Network

DISH Network is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company operates two business segments: Pay-TV and Wireless. The company provides pay-TV services under: the DISH? brand, which consists of, among other things, Federal Communications Commission licenses authorizing the company to use direct broadcast satellite and Fixed Satellite Service spectrum, the company's owned and leased satellites, and certain other assets utilized in the company's operations; and the Sling? brand, which consists of, among other things, live, linear streaming over-the-top Internet-based domestic, international and Latino video programming services. In addition, the company invests to acquire certain wireless spectrum licenses and related assets.

Encore Capital Group Inc.

Encore Capital Group is an international specialty finance company providing debt recovery solutions and other related services for consumers across a range of financial assets. The company purchases portfolios of defaulted consumer receivables at deep discounts to face value and manages them by working with individuals as they repay their obligations and work toward financial recovery. Defaulted receivables are consumers' unpaid financial commitments to credit originators, including banks, credit unions, consumer finance companies, commercial retailers, and telecommunication companies. Defaulted receivables may also include receivables subject to bankruptcy proceedings.

Ethan Allen Interiors Inc.

Ethan Allen Interiors, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Ethan Allen Global, Inc., and Ethan Allen Global, Inc.'s subsidiaries, is an interior design company and a manufacturer and retailer of home furnishings. The wholesale segment principally involved in the development of the Ethan Allen brand, encompasses all aspects of design, manufacture, sourcing, marketing, sale, and distribution of the company's a range of home furnishings and accents. The retail segment sells home furnishings and accents to consumers through a network of the company operated design centers.

Franklin Resources Inc.

Franklin Resources is a holding company that, together with its various subsidiaries, operates as Franklin Templeton Investments?. The company is an investment management organization that provides investment management and related services to retail, institutional and clients in jurisdictions worldwide through its investment products. The company's investment products include its funds, as well as institutional and separate accounts. The company's funds include U.S.-registered funds, non-U.S.-registered funds, and unregistered funds. In addition to investment management, the company's services include fund administration, sales, distribution, marketing, shareholder servicing, and other services.

Haemonetics Corp.

Haemonetics is a healthcare company. The company has four product categories: Plasma, which includes plasma collection devices and disposables, plasma donor management software, and anticoagulant and saline sold to plasma customers; Blood Center, which includes blood collection and processing devices and disposables for red cells, platelets and whole blood as well as related donor management software; Hemostasis Management, which includes devices and methodologies for measuring coagulation characteristics of blood; and Cell Processing, which includes surgical blood salvage systems, blood cell processing systems, disposables and blood transfusion management software.

Hilltop Holdings

Hilltop Holdings is a financial holding company. The company provides business and consumer banking services from offices located throughout Texas through its subsidiary, PlainsCapital Bank. The company has three business units: PlainsCapital Corporation, which provides banking and wealth, investment and treasury management services, as well as residential mortgage loans; Hilltop Securities Holdings LLC, which provides investment banking and other related financial services; and National Lloyds Corporation, which provides fire and homeowners insurance to low value dwellings and manufactured homes.

Hostess Brands

Hostess Brands is a packaged food company focused on developing, manufacturing, marketing, selling and distributing sweet baked goods coast-to-coast, providing a range of snack cakes, donuts, sweet rolls, snack pies and related products. The company has two reportable segments: Sweet Baked Goods and In-Store Bakery. Sweet Baked Goods consists of sweet baked goods and bread products sold under the Hostess? and Dolly Madison? brands. In-Store Bakery consists of certain Superior and Hostess? branded eclairs, madeleines, brownies, and iced cookies sold in the bakery section of grocery and club stores.

International Seaways

J P Morgan Chase

JPMorgan Chase is a financial holding company. The company's activities are organized into four reportable business segments: Consumer and Community Banking, which provides services to consumers and businesses through bank branches, automated teller machines, online, mobile and telephone banking; Corporate and Investment Bank, which consists of Banking and Markets and Investor Services, provides a suite of investment banking, market-making, prime brokerage, and treasury and securities products and services; Commercial Banking, which provides financing to real estate investors and owners; and Asset and Wealth Management, which is engaged in investment and wealth management.

Koppers Holdings

Koppers Holdings is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company is a provider of treated wood products, wood treatment chemicals, and carbon compounds. The company operates three principal business segments: Railroad and Utility Products and Services, which supplies railroad crossties to the North American railroads; Performance Chemicals, which manufactures and supplies water-based wood preservatives and wood specialty additives to treaters who supply the residential, agricultural and industrial pressure-treated wood markets; and Carbon Materials and Chemicals, which processes coal tar into a variety of products, including creosote and other related railroad products.

L.B. Foster Co.

L.B. Foster is a manufacturer and distributor of products and services for the transportation and energy infrastructure. The company has three business segments: Rail Products and Services, which is comprised of several manufacturing and distribution businesses that provide products and services for freight and passenger railroads and industrial companies; Construction Products, which is composed of the following business units: piling products, fabricated bridge products, and precast concrete products; and Tubular and Energy Services, which has four primary business units: protective coatings, threaded products, precision measurement systems, and test and inspection services.

Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings

Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings is a life sciences company engaged in providing clinical laboratory and end-to-end drug development services. The company reports its business in two segments: LabCorp Diagnostics, which provides a menu of specialty testing through an integrated network of primary and specialty laboratories across the U.S., supported by an information technology system, logistics, local labs providing testing, and also provides patient access points located throughout the U.S.; and Covance Drug Development, which provides end-to-end drug development, medical device and diagnostic solutions from early-stage research to clinical development and commercial market access.

Lincoln National Corp

Lincoln National is a holding company. The company operates multiple insurance and retirement businesses through its subsidiary companies. The company sells a range of wealth protection, accumulation and retirement income products and solutions. These products include fixed and indexed annuities, variable annuities, universal life insurance (UL), variable universal life insurance, linked-benefit UL, indexed universal life insurance, term life insurance, employer-sponsored retirement plans and services, and group life, disability and dental. The company provides products and services through its Annuities, Retirement Plan Services, Life Insurance and Group Protection segments.

Medicines Co.

Medicines is a biopharmaceutical company. The company is focused on inclisiran, an investigational agent which is a lipid-lowering drug, to reduce low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol, which is referred to as bad cholesterol, in patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease or cardiovascular risk-equivalents. The company's products include: Angiomax, which - Angiomax is an intravenous direct thrombin inhibitor that is a peptide compound; and Ionsys (fentanyl iontophoretic transdermal system), which is a compact, needle-free patient-controlled system for the short term management of acute postoperative pain for adults requiring opioid analgesia in the hospital.

Meridian Bancorp

Meridian Bancorp is a bank holding company. Through its subsidiary, East Boston Savings Bank, the company provides a variety of deposit and loan products to individuals and businesses located in its primary market, which consists of Suffolk, Norfolk, Middlesex and Essex Counties, MA. The company accepts deposits from the general public and uses those funds to originate one- to four-family real estate, multi-family and commercial real estate, construction, commercial and industrial, and consumer loans, which it primarily holds for investment. The company's lending business also involves the purchase and sale of loan participation interests.

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.

Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley is a financial holding company. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, the company advises, and originates, trades, manages and distributes capital for, governments, institutions and individuals. The company's segments are: Institutional Securities, which provides investment banking, sales and trading, lending and other services; Wealth Management, which provides brokerage and investment advisory services, financial and wealth planning services, annuity and insurance products, securities-based lending, residential real estate loans and other lending products, banking and retirement plan services; and Investment Management, which provides a range of investment strategies and products.

Navient Corp

Navient provides education loan management and business processing solutions for education, healthcare, and government clients. The company has three main reportable operating segments: Federal Education Loans, which holds and acquires Federal Family Education Loan Program Loans and performs servicing and asset recovery services on its own loan portfolio, federal education loans and other institutions; Consumer Lending, which holds, originates and acquires consumer loans and performs servicing activities on its own education loan portfolio; and Business Processing, which performs revenue cycle management and business processing services for non-education related government and healthcare clients.

New Senior Investment Group

New Senior Investment Group is a real estate investment trust with a portfolio of primarily private pay senior housing properties. The company divides its properties into two reportable segments: Managed Properties, which are operated by property managers pursuant to property management agreements; and Triple Net Lease Properties, which the company leases to tenants through long-term triple net leases. The company is externally managed and advised by FIG LLC, an affiliate of Fortress Investment Group LLC, which is an investment management firm.

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Northrop Grumman Corp.

Northrop Grumman is a security company. The company's segments include: Aerospace Systems, which designs, develops, integrates and produces manned aircraft, autonomous systems, spacecraft, high-energy laser systems, microelectronics and other systems and subsystems; Innovation Systems, which designs, develops, integrates and produces flight, armament and space systems for national security, civil government and commercial customers; and Mission Systems, which provides end-to-end mission solutions and multifunction systems for Department of Defense, intelligence community, international, federal-civil and commercial customers.

NuVasive Inc.

Nuvasive is a medical device company focused on developing minimally disruptive surgical products and procedurally-integrated solutions for spine surgery. The company's product offering includes a minimally-disruptive surgical platform, Maximum Access Surgery. The platform includes the company's proprietary software-driven nerve detection and avoidance systems, NVM5, and Intraoperative Monitoring services and support; MaXcess, an integrated split-blade retractor system; and specialized implants and biologics. The company's spine surgery product line offerings include products for the thoracolumbar and the cervical spine.

Odonate Therapeutics Inc

Odonate Therapeutics is a pharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of best-in-class therapeutics that improve and extend the lives of patients with cancer. The company's initial focus is on the development of tesetaxel, a novel chemotherapy agent that belongs to a class of drugs known as taxanes, which are widely used in the treatment of cancer. Tesetaxel has several potential therapeutic advantages over available taxanes, including: oral administration with a low pill burden and a patient-friendly dosing regimen; a formulation that does not contain solubilizing agents that are known to cause hypersensitivity reactions; and improved activity against chemotherapy-resistant tumors.

Papa John's International Inc.

Papa John's International operates and franchises pizza delivery and carryout restaurants and, in certain international markets, dine-in and delivery restaurants under the trademark Papa John's. The company has five reportable segments: domestic the company-owned restaurants, which engages in retail sales of pizza and side items; North America commissaries, which includes the operations of the company's regional dough production and product distribution centers; North America franchising, which includes the company's franchise sales and support activities; international operations, which includes the distribution sales to franchised Papa John's restaurants in the U.K., Mexico and China; and all other business units.

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.

Prudential Financial Inc.

Prudential Financial is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, the company provides a range of insurance, investment management, and other financial products and services to individual and institutional customers throughout the U.S. and other countries. The company operates five divisions. The PGIM division consists of the PGIM segment. The U.S. Workplace Solutions division consists of the Retirement and Group Insurance segments. The U.S. Individual Solutions division consists of the Individual Annuities and Individual Life segments. The International Insurance division consists of the International Insurance segment. Corporate and Other operations include the Closed Block division.

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc.

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers develops, operates, and franchises restaurants in North America and focuses on serving a selection of gourmet burgers. The company's menu features its line of gourmet burgers, Red's Tavern Double? burgers, and its Red Robin's Finest line of Angus beef burgers and fire-grilled chicken breasts with toppings. The company also provides burgers made with chicken breasts, breaded cod and grilled salmon fillets, and turkey patties, as well as a proprietary vegetarian patty. In addition to burgers, the company serves other items including appetizers, salads, soups, seafood and other entrees, desserts, the company's alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and a variety of national and craft beers.

Spectrum Brands Holdings

Spectrum Brands Holdings is a consumer products company. The company manufactures, markets and/or distributes its products in the North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Latin America and Asia-Pacific regions through wholesalers and distributors, original equipment manufacturers and construction companies. The company's segments are: Hardware and Home Improvement, which includes security, plumbing, and hardware product categories; Global Pet Supplies, which includes aquatics and companion animal product categories; Home and Garden, which includes controls, household, and repellents product categories; and Global Auto Care, which includes appearance, performance, and A/C recharge product categories.

Sterling Bancorp

Sterling Bancorp is a bank holding company and financial holding company. Through its subsidiary, Sterling National Bank (the Bank), the company provides a range of commercial, business, and consumer banking products and services. The Bank operates as a regional bank providing a range offering of deposit, lending and wealth management products to commercial, consumer and municipal clients in its market area. The Bank also operates its commercial finance businesses, which include asset-based lending, payroll financing, factoring, warehouse lending, equipment financing, public sector financing, which target markets across the U.S.

Summit Hotel Properties

Summit Hotel Properties is a real estate investment trust holding company and a self-managed hotel investment company. The company focuses on owning primarily premium-branded, select-service hotels. Majority of the company's hotel guestrooms operate under franchise brands owned by Marriott? International, Inc., Hilton? Worldwide, Intercontinental? Hotel Group, and Hyatt? Hotels Corporation. Substantially all of the company's assets are held by, and all of its operations are conducted through, its operating partnership, Summit Hotel OP, LP (the Operating Partnership). Through a wholly-owned subsidiary, the company is the sole general partner of the Operating Partnership.


Switch is a technology infrastructure company powering the sustainable growth of the connected world and the Internet of Everything. Through its subsidiary, Switch, Ltd., the company provides colocation space and related services to technology and digital media companies, cloud and managed service providers, financial institutions, government agencies, and telecommunications providers that conduct critical business on the Internet. The company develops and operates data centers in Nevada and Michigan.

Taylor Morrison Home II Corporation

Taylor Morrison Home is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company owns and operates a residential homebuilding business and is a developer of lifestyle communities. The company provides a variety of homes across a range of price points. The company operates under the Taylor Morrison and Darling Homes brand names. The company also provides financial services to customers through Taylor Morrison Home Funding, LLC and title insurance and closing settlement services through Inspired Title Services, LLC. The company has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina and Texas. The company has four reportable segments: East, Central, West and Mortgage Operations.

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Triple-S Management Corp. Cl B

Triple-S Management is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company is engaged in providing a portfolio of managed care and related products in the Commercial, Medicaid and Medicare markets. The company's operations are conducted through three segments: Managed Care, which provides a range of managed care products, including Health Maintenance Organization plans, Preferred Provider Organization plans, Medicare Supplement, Medicare Advantage, and Medicaid plans; Life Insurance, which provides a variety of life, accident, disability and health and annuity products in Puerto Rico; and Property and Casualty Insurance, which provides a range of property and casualty insurance products.

U.S. Lime & Minerals

United States Lime & Minerals conducts its business through two segments, Lime and Limestone Operations and Natural Gas Interests. The company through its Lime and Limestone Operations, is a manufacturer of lime and limestone products, supplying primarily the construction (including highway, road and building contractors), industrial (including paper and glass manufacturers), environmental (including municipal sanitation and water treatment facilities and flue gas treatment processes), metals (including steel producers), oil and gas services, roof shingle and agriculture (including poultry and cattle feed producers) industries.

Ultra Clean Holdings Inc.

Ultra Clean Holdings is engaged in the design, engineering, and manufacture of production tools, modules and subsystems for the semiconductor capital equipment and equipment industry segments with similar requirements including flat panel display, consumer, and medical. The company focuses on providing engineering and manufacturing solutions for these applications. The company's products include precision robotic solutions, gas delivery systems, a variety of industrial and automation production equipment products; subsystems that includes wafer cleaning modules, chemical delivery modules, top-plate assemblies, frame assemblies, and process modules.

US Concrete

U.S. Concrete is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company is engaged as a producer of ready-mixed concrete. The company operates its business through its ready-mixed concrete segment, which engages principally in the formulation, preparation and delivery of ready-mixed concrete to its customers' job sites; and its aggregate products segment, which produces crushed stone, sand and gravel from aggregates facilities. The company's other products not associated with a segment include its building materials stores, hauling operations, aggregates distribution terminals, lime slurry, ARIDUS? Rapid Drying Concrete technology, brokered product sales, a recycled aggregates operation, and concrete blocks.

Veeco Instruments Inc.

Veeco Instruments develops, manufactures, sells, and supports semiconductor process equipment. The company's system products include: Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition Systems, Advanced Packaging Lithography, Precision Surface Processing Systems (Wet Etch and Clean), Laser Annealing Systems, Ion Beam Etch and Deposition Systems, Molecular Beam Epitaxy Systems, 3D Wafer Inspection Systems, and Atomic Layer Deposition and Other Deposition Systems. The company's systems are used in the creation of microelectronic components, including light emitting diodes, micro-electro mechanical systems, power electronics, thin film magnetic heads, laser diodes, 3D NAND logic, and other semiconductor devices.

WageWorks Inc

WageWorks is engaged in administering Consumer-Directed Benefits, including pre-tax spending accounts, such as Health Savings Accounts (HAS), health and dependent care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), Health Reimbursement Arrangements, as well as Commuter Benefit Services, including transit and parking programs, wellness programs, Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, and other employee benefits. Under the company's FSA, HSA and commuter programs, employee participants contribute funds from their pre-tax income to pay for qualified out-of-pocket healthcare expenses not fully covered by insurance, such as co-pays, deductibles and over-the-counter medical products or for commuting costs.

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.

Wesco Aircraft Holdings

Wesco Aircraft Holdings is a distributor and provider of supply chain management services to the global aerospace industry. The company's services range from distribution to the management of supplier relationships, quality assurance, kitting, just-in-time (JIT) delivery, chemical management services, third-party logistics or fourth-party logistics programs and point-of-use inventory management. The company supplies active stock-keeping units, including C-class hardware, chemicals, electronic components, bearings, tools and machined parts. In addition to the central stocking facilities, the company uses a network of forward-stocking locations to service its customers in a JIT and or ad hoc manner.

Whirlpool Corp.

Whirlpool is a home appliance company. The company manufactures and markets a line of home appliances and related products. The company's principal products are laundry appliances, refrigerators and freezers, cooking appliances, dishwashers, mixers and other small domestic appliances. The company also produces hermetic compressors for refrigeration systems. The company manufactures and markets products under brand names such as Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, JennAir, Indesit and Hotpoint. The company's operating segments consist of North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Latin America and Asia.

William Lyon Homes Inc.

Lyon (William) Homes is a regional homebuilder. The company is engaged in designing, constructing and selling single family detached and attached homes in California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado (under the Village Homes brand), Washington and Oregon (together, under the Polygon Northwest Homes brand). The company's primary markets include Orange County, Los Angeles, the Inland Empire, the San Francisco Bay Area, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Denver, Seattle and Portland. The company builds and sells across a range of product lines at a variety of price points with sales to entry-level, first-time move-up and second-time move-up homebuyers, as well as a luxury brand.

Wynn Resorts Ltd.

Wynn Resorts is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the company is a developer, owner and operator of destination casino resorts (integrated resorts) that integrate hotel accommodations and a range of amenities, including fine dining outlets, retail offerings, entertainment theaters and meeting complexes. Through its subsidiary, Wynn Macau, Limited, the company operates resorts in the Macau Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, Wynn Palace and Wynn Macau. In Las Vegas, NV, the company also operates and, with the exception of certain retail space, owns Wynn Las Vegas. The company is also constructing Encore Boston Harbor, an integrated resort in Everett, MA, adjacent to Boston.

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